Even the best, most experienced physician, nurse, optometrist, surgeon, dentist or other medical professional can find themselves accused of wrong-doing. This type of accusation can have serious implications for your career, your medical license, and your reputation. What’s more, medical professionals spend many years getting an education, refining their skills and expanding their knowledge base. But all of this hard work could be lost if your medical license is revoked.
If you are facing disciplinary action or even the loss of your medical license, you must trust your case to an experienced medical license defense lawyer. The elite legal team with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass can assist with mediation attempts and, if necessary, State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) proceedings.
If you’re seeking a SOAH defense lawyer, contact the experienced attorneys with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass. Our legal team is here to discuss your case in a free, confidential consultation session. Call (214) 604-8833.
Our SOAH Defense Lawyers Represent Medical Professionals in Mediation and Hearings
An experienced medical license defense attorney can be your most powerful ally if you’re facing accusations of wrong-doing. In fact, by retaining the services of an SOAH lawyer, you may be able to resolve the matter through mediation, before the case goes before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at a State Office of Administrative Hearings proceeding.
Our legal team has compiled information on a few of the most commonly-asked questions concerning SOAH proceedings.
What is the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH)?
The SOAH was established in 1991 by the Texas legislature. The agency oversees mediations, arbitrations, and hearings for cases that are referred by several dozen state and government agencies.
This includes cases involving medical professionals, referred by the Texas Medical Board (TMB.)
The SOAH hearings are similar to a court hearing, as the two opposing sides are provided with a chance to present witness testimony and evidence, which is then considered in an attempt to arrive at a final decision.
The Texas Medical Board (TMB) reports any and all cases resulting in a disciplinary action to the National Practitioner Data Bank. This includes cases that conclude in a suspension, revocation or public reprimand.
What is an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)?
An Administrative Law Judge or ALJ is a seasoned and licensed attorney who oversees the pre-hearing proceedings, such as conferences. The ALJ will also oversee the SOAH hearing where the allegations and evidence are addressed before a decision is made on how to proceed.
The ALJ presides over the hearing, which is conducted in a manner that’s quite similar to a trial in the courts. Both sides are provided with opportunities to present evidence and witness testimony. The ALJ has the authority to ultimately issue a ruling on the matter. But in a large portion of cases, the final decision is made by the representative for the state agency, board or commission that referred the case to the SOAH.
What Types of Cases are Referred to the SOAH?
In the case of a medical professional, such as a physician, nurse or dentist, your case may ultimately be referred to the SOAH if one or more parties makes allegations of wrong-doing, specifically cases involving reports of a Medical Practice Act violation.
In many cases, the investigations arise as a result of interpersonal conflicts. It’s especially important to retain an SOAH defense lawyer’s services in cases where you have been the victim of spurious accusations or bogus complaints.
How Can a Medical License Defense Lawyer Help With My Case?
Prior to a formal SOAH hearing before an ALJ, your case may go into a mediation process, where both sides work to arrive at a resolution that is agreeable to all involved parties.
This mediation process can provide you with an opportunity to avoid a formal SOAH hearing. Additionally, the mediation process is governed by a number of state laws and regulations, so it’s important to have a medical defense attorney who can help guide you through the process. What’s more, our attorneys have many years of experience in the area of settlement negotiation, which means that we can increase your chances of seeing a positive resolution during the mediation process.
Attorneys with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass have many years of experience assisting medical professionals who are at risk of losing their license and/or facing other disciplinary action.
Trust Your Case to an Experienced SOAH Defense Attorney
If you are a medical professional who has been accused of wrongdoing, such as a Medical Practice Act violation, it’s vital that you retain an experienced SOAH defense lawyer to help protect you, your interests and your medical license.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, our professionals work to protect licensed medical professionals who are facing a complaint or allegations. We can assist with everything from civil suits and hospital hearings, to SOAH hearings, NPDB defense and HIPDB defense.
With over 20 years of experience in the legal arena, Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass is a member of the Health Law Section of the Texas State Bar. Additionally, Attorney Grass is a former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG), and he maintains an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
These accomplishments, combined with his extensive medical defense experience, means that Attorney Grass is well-placed to assist medical professionals who are facing disciplinary action, the possible loss of license or legal troubles.
Medical cases can be extremely complex, but Attorney Grass leverages his decades of experience and knowledge to protect clients. If you’re facing SOAH proceedings and need help from a medical license defense attorney, call the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to obtain a free, confidential consultation session. Please call (214) 604-8833.