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Charlotte Medical License Defense Lawyers

The North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) regulates doctors, physician assistants, and other medical professionals. The NCMB provides doctors and their assistants with their medical licenses. The Board also investigates complaints of misconduct, and when necessary, will discipline medical professions for violating professional regulation standards or North Carolina state law. The North Carolina Medical Board is made up of 13 members, 11 appointed by the governor, and 2 appointed by the General Assembly. By law, the board must include one licensed physician assistant, one approved nurse practitioner, eight licensed physicians, and three members of the public who have no financial or professional interest in a health service or profession.

If you are facing a medical misconduct charge, you could lose your professional license and possibly your career. The attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, are here to help. Contact us today for your initial consultation and to learn how we can advocate for you.

What Happens When Someone Files a Complaint Against You?

When someone files a complaint against you with the North Carolina Medical Board, you will receive a notice. If you receive notice of a complaint, it is important to hire an attorney as soon as possible. Even though the North Carolina Medical Board is not a state-run agency, you still have certain rights while going through the complaint process, and an attorney can make sure that those rights are protected. Whether the complaint relates to your conduct or your patient care, we are here to advocate for you.

Laws Related to North Carolina Medical Board Licensing

North Carolina’s Medical Practice Act governs the North Carolina Medical Board. This law gives the Board the authority to provide and regulate the licenses of physicians, anesthesiology assistants, licensed perfusionists, and physician assistants.

Medical Malpractice Complaints

The Board’s malpractice complaints frequently involve medical negligence or quality of care. Every year, the Board receives many complaints regarding misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, incompetence, and failure to meet a standard of care. Additional common claims include inappropriately prescribing medication to patients, friends, family members, or to themselves.

Drug or Alcohol Abuse

It comes as no surprise that the medical profession can be extremely draining. Medical personnel often work extremely long shifts and may not get enough sleep. Their rigorous schedules put pressure not only on them but on their families as well. This stressful lifestyle can lead many medical professionals to turn to drugs and alcohol for relief and may result in accusations of being impaired or intoxicated while practicing.

Driving While Impaired (DWI)

Keep in mind that you may still face licensing problems for drug and alcohol abuse that happens when you are not at work. For example, driving while impaired is a common source of complaints received by the Medical Board. The medical board takes DWI charges very seriously and you could have your license suspended, or worse, you could lose your license.

Duty to Report to the Medical Board

If you have been convicted of a crime in any state in the United States, you must report the conviction to the North Carolina Medical Board, even if it did not happen in North Carolina. Per state regulation, you must report your misdemeanor or felony conviction within 60 days of your conviction or during your annual license renewal.

The medical board will review every conviction to decide whether or not any additional disciplinary actions are needed. If you have been arrested for a DWI charge, you will need to report the arrest to the board within 30 days. The NCMB will likely investigate potential drug and/or alcohol abuse, or dependency issues, after a DWI conviction. Failure to report constitutes unprofessional conduct and grounds for disciplinary action by the Board.

Regardless of the crime, you need an attorney who can help. A criminal defense attorney can not only help you with any criminal charges but also help navigate the complaint process.

Contact Us Today

At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, we know how scary and overwhelming it may be to face criminal charges or possibly losing your license; we are here to help. We can review your charges and guide you on how best to notify the Medical Board of the charge. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.

For your convenience and safety, we now offer phone and video conferencing. If you prefer an in-person consultation, we have three easy to reach locations in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville, and Monroe. Contact us today to learn how we can defend your medical license.