As a licensed electrologist in the State of Florida, you know you must perform your duties to a certain set of standards. Your education taught you no less. Suddenly, you are defending yourself in a civil lawsuit where a patient of yours claimed you committed malpractice. Unfortunately, you lose the case and are convicted of malpractice by a jury. You pay the judgment against you and think that is the end of it. Not so fast! The jury verdict could only be the start of your struggles. This article will provide insight on what could happen with your license because you have found guilty of malpractice and what options you have to navigate through the process.
After the civil trial is over, you go back to work. You believe everything is fine until you receive an administrative complaint in the mail a couple months later. The state is accusing you of violating the law governing your license because you committed malpractice. You think to yourself that you have already paid for that in the civil trial, you don’t need to worry about that now do you? Yes, you do. The complaint against your license is different than a civil lawsuit against you, even if for the same conduct. Your livelihood could be at stake, especially if you do nothing.
The discipline you could face on your license varies but could have very bad effects on your ability to make a living. Your license could be placed on probation for two years and could face a fine of $250 to $5,000. It could even be revoked, or the state could deny you renewing the license. Those penalties are for the first offense. If you are unfortunate enough to be disciplined for malpractice more than once, the penalties are worse. Your license could be suspended for one year, followed by probation and a fine from $1,000 to $5,000. As before, the state could also revoke your license or deny you renewing the license. Malpractice is a serious offense. As discussed earlier, the state could revoke your license after only offense. For more information on the penalties and disciplinary guidelines, please visit the Board of Medicine website.
However, it is important to note these penalties are not set in stone. The Board of Medicine can take into account any number of aggravating or mitigating factors to increase or lesson the penalties set forth in the rules. When you have an experienced health care attorney defending your license, you stand a much better chance of receiving a lower penalty, or even of getting the complaint against you dismissed.
Should you have any questions or would like additional information about the Board of Medicine investigation/disciplinary process, please feel free to contact the law firm of Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law at 850-877-7776 to set up your FREE no-obligation consultation with attorney Jeff Howell or attorney Rickey Strong today. DOH and the Board of Medicine have experienced attorneys on their side. Shouldn’t you!