Stigma of Accusation: How Allegations of Wrongdoing Can Damage Your Practice Even Though You’re Innocent

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 08, 2023 | 0 Comments

Most doctors are consummate and compassionate professionals who strive to provide the best care to their patients. Sometimes, however, even competent physicians who believe they are providing an accepted standard of care can face accusations of serious wrongdoing and lose their licenses, their practice, and even their freedom as a result.

In some cases, these accusations can be very serious indeed and include murder. Unfortunately, one doctor found this out the hard way. Dr. William Husel worked at Cincinnati's Mount Carmel West Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as an overnight doctor. He received murder charges for allegedly administering too much fentanyl to patients who later died.

Dr. Husel is not alone. Numerous physicians across the country face harsh administrative—and sometimes criminal and civil consequences—for allegedly engaging in wrongful conduct that later turns out to be completely untrue--or the action does not constitute the egregious offense that cost the physician their license.

It's important to respond to any allegations the moment you learn of them and contact an experienced Professional License Defense attorney to protect your right and help you get the best outcome possible.

Dr. Husel's Story

Although Dr. William Husel received the Physician Recognition Award from the hospital as its top doctor in 2014, Trinity Health, the parent company of Mount Carmel West, informed the doctor—the day before Thanksgiving—that administrators had “some questions…regarding dosing of medication” and their concerns were serious. The hospital accused the doctor of “giving too much fentanyl and other drugs to patients.”

Husel was “blindsided” by the accusations. Nevertheless, he was suspended, fired, and then charged with murder. To make matters worse, he had explained his actions to “hospital administration and thought they understood.”

Although Husel was eventually acquitted on all 14 counts of murder, the damage had been done. He still had no license, no practice, and his family had to move in with his parents.

The ordeal caused him to experience considerable emotional distress and PTSD that got so severe it adversely impacted his mobility. To add insult to injury, Husel and his attorney believed that Trinity Health had tried to “paint him as a villain,” he has since filed lawsuits against them for “defamation and malicious prosecution.”

What to Do If This Happens to You

The takeaway from Dr. Husel's story is that you need to take immediate action to address accusations of wrongdoing as a licensed physician, particularly if you were acting within the scope of your practice. The sooner you address the allegations, the better your chances of securing a favorable resolution before severe repercussions affect your licensure and future.

If you are a licensed physician facing accusations of serious wrongdoing that could cost you your license, contact the Professional License Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm for help. Our attorneys have many years of experience defending physicians against disciplinary actions. We will review your case, advise you of your options, and help you create an effective defense. Contact our Professional License Defense Team at (888) 535-3686 to discuss your options.

About the Author

Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento has unparalleled experience fighting for the futures of his professional clients nationwide. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment


Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm are committed to answering your questions about Physician License Defense, Nursing License Defense, Pharmacist License Defense, Psychologist and Psychiatrist License Defense, Dental License Defense, Chiropractic License Defense, Real Estate License Defense, Professional Counseling License Defense, and Other Professional Licenses law issues nationwide.
The Lento Law Firm will gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations - the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, and York County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.