Got a summons to appear before the state medical board? Get a lawyer

June 6, 2008

I've been called to appear before my state's Board of Medical Examiners regarding a patient I treated for depression. The board stated no specific reason. Should I bring an attorney with me?

I've been called to appear before my state's Board of Medical Examiners regarding a patient I treated for depression. The board stated no specific reason. Should I bring an attorney with me?

Yes-one who knows your state board's processes. Your attorney should contact the board for additional details, since a summons usually means a complaint was filed. Once he understands the situation, he'll be able to assess your potential exposure and help you prepare.

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