Obtaining a physical therapy license represents investing untold years of energy, money and time into a career. Medical licenses allow health care professionals to contribute to the betterment of society while earning an income.
Having one’s medical license taken away, naturally, can be devastating. Being knowledgeable of the common pitfalls that can lead to those kinds of measures can help licensed professionals be proactive in safeguarding their licenses.
Actions that could lead to the loss of your physical therapy license
According to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, here are a few common ways that people lose their license to practice physical therapy:
- Substance abuse: Alcohol or drug dependency can lead to losing a license if found practicing while under the influence.
- Sexual misconduct: Inappropriate touching, gestures or comments can lead to losing a medical license and possible charges and lawsuits.
- Patient abuse: Abusing a patient in any way can also lead to big legal problems.
- Criminal convictions: If found guilty on a criminal charge, it could lead to losing a medical license depending on the charge.
- Boundary violations: Some licenses come with boundaries and limits on where one can practice. When the stipulations of the licensing are not followed, the result could be losing the license.
- Fraud or misrepresentation: Any fraudulent activity can lead to legal troubles and loss of license.
- Lack of documentation: Proper record keeping and accounting must be carried out to maintain a license.
There are many possible ways that one can lose their professional license. If you think your physical therapy license is in danger, take immediate action to protect your interests. This isn’t a situation to navigate on your own.