A California orthopedic surgeon may be stripped of his medical license due to the accusation he lied about a patient's treatment.
You can't control whether or not a patient files a complaint with the medical board -- but you can control your response. A proper response can make dealing with a complaint much easier and even get it dismissed. An ill-considered response can do just the opposite and cause the problems you face to escalate.
What sort of ethical violations can cause an attorney to face professional sanctions?
Do not get romantically involved with your patients. That's the unmistakable message being sent by California's Medical Board to the doctors it licenses. On Feb. 8, 2018, it revoked the license of a doctor who has been in practice in the state since 2000. The obstetrician-gynecologist violated the law by engaging in a sexual relationship with a former patient who happened to be a nurse.
Even a first-time drunk driving offense can wreck havoc on the ability of a physician to keep his or her license to practice in California.
No matter how long you practice law, you may always deal with clients who are unsatisfied. A verdict that doesn't go your way or a settlement that seems inadequate may raise accusations that you did not provide adequate representation. It may be understandable for your client to look for someone to blame, especially if the outcome of his or her case included a substantial loss, either financially or with a guilty verdict.