Things sure have changed from the days in which licensed professionals provided their services in ways that were more personal than today. Physicians no longer make house calls and other licensed professionals (real estate agents, dentists and pharmacists to name a few) provide their services under less intimate circumstances than they did in bygone days.
We live in an extremely fast-paced world that has had an impact on the nature of relationships between California residents and professionals. In some ways, this is a great thing as it enables those in need of services to receive a focused response from their doctors, their lawyers and other license holders. Unfortunately, the changes in these relationships have their downsides as well.
Using the medical profession as an example, it is easy in this chaotic world for miscommunications to occur between doctors and patients. As experienced professional license defense attorneys, we have found that these communication issues can lead to license trouble for doctors.
Say a doctor performs a range of tests to uncover an illness. The doctor understands this illness and knows what kind of treatment it requires. However, he or she may fail to communicate the condition properly to the patient. A possible consequence of this kind of miscommunication can cause the patient to file a complaint against the physician with the state licensing board. Worse, it may have a negative impact on the patient’s health and well-being.
The lawyers in our professional license defense firm want to advise professionals in the state to slow down just a little. Take time to talk with your clients in such a way to avoid miscommunication. Encouraging mutual question and answer sessions is one area of professionalism that seems to have fallen by the wayside. Redeveloping these critical communication skills is a good way to avoid misunderstandings while protecting your license and your clientele. Please see our website if you need to learn more about professional license defense.