Can you lose your medical license for a mistake?

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

You know that you can lose your medical license if you do anything that is intentionally incorrect or even deemed as a criminal act. Doctors and nurses are held to very high standards and you need to make sure that you provide the type of care your patients expect.

But what if you just make a mistake? Everyone makes mistakes in their job at some point. If you do it and you work in the medical field, are you then at risk of losing your license?

It would need to be an egregious error

It is technically possible to lose your medical license if you made a mistake, but the error would have to be very significant. The licensing board may also determine that you were negligent or reckless, taking action that eventually led to what you consider simply a mistake. In that sense, it may have felt like a mistake to you at the moment, but they may still say that you were responsible based on other things that you did intentionally. 

Most of the time, when a doctor or a nurse is in jeopardy of losing their license, it’s because they have done something more severe. Common examples include things like fraud, sexual misconduct, addiction or conviction on other criminal charges. 

What options do you have?

That said, no matter why you’re at risk of losing your license, you know that the ramifications are severe. You cannot practice your chosen career without that license. It can be very difficult or impossible to get it reinstated. You must understand all the legal options that you have to try to preserve your license and the career that you’ve worked so hard for.