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IL license lawyerOne of the worst things that can happen to a doctor professionally is to be sued for medical malpractice. Malpractice suits can mean years of meetings, document production, and stress. A money judgment in favor of the patient in rare cases will mean that you will be on the hook financially. You may believe that your reputation has been tarnished, and it is possible that your malpractice insurance premiums will rise, sometimes to the point of hardship.

One consequence that is unlikely to happen is that you will lose your medical license to practice following a malpractice lawsuit. A malpractice lawsuit is initiated by a patient who alleges they have been injured due to a doctor’s negligence.

On the other hand, the Medical Disciplinary Board's purpose is to consider allegations of misconduct or malfeasance by members of the medical professions and to recommend appropriate discipline. Medical Board matters begin with a complaint. Sometimes the complaint is made by patients, but colleagues, agencies and employees could also make such a complaint.

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CA divorce lawyerSome of the highest rates of addiction among professionals are found among doctors and nurses. Both doctors and nurses must maintain professional licenses in order to practice, and these licenses can be taken away if a board determines that substance abuse is interfering with the performance of one’s job.

In these circumstances, hiring an attorney to represent you before the board will mean that you can feel confident your best case is being put forward and that you understand the process in which your license is at stake as well as your options moving forward.

Addiction in Healthcare Workers

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IL pharmacy sales lawyerOwning a pharmacy can not only be a rewarding endeavor, but it can also be one that is financially profitable. However, owning a pharmacy can take a lot of hard work, and that work begins with the purchase of the business.

According to industry experts, it is a sellers’ market as prospective pharmacy buyers outnumber sellers by a 2 to 1 ratio. Thus, buyers must act smartly and quickly if they see an opportunity to purchase a pharmacy. This is subject to change over the next few years as most pharmacy owners are over 50 years old and will be retiring in the coming years.

If you are in the market to purchase a pharmacy, consider taking the following steps.

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IL license defense lawyerIf you have a professional counselor or clinical professional counselor license, you could be investigated at any time by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Depending on the results of the investigation, your matter may go to a hearing where your professional license would be at stake.

This hearing must follow specific rules and format, and your license cannot be revoked, suspended, or placed on probationary status unless these laws are followed. Having an attorney represent you means that you will know if these procedural laws are followed and it means that your best case will be put forward.

If the Department plans on refusing to issue or renew a license or if plans on disciplining a licensee, it must do the following 30 days prior to the hearing date:

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IL defense lawyerIt’s a letter you may never thought you’d open: a letter from the Illinois Medical Board telling you that a patient has filed a complaint against you. Maybe you feel betrayed by a patient who would not bring his complaints to you directly or maybe you are worried about the implications of such a complaint on your career and your practice.

Whatever your initial reaction, it is important to quickly get caught up to speed about what it will take to defend your medical license and resolve this situation.

  • Understand the scope of a complaint. The Federation of State Medical Boards reports that in 2012 in the United States, of 878,194 actively licensed physicians, 4,479 were disciplined. That number is less than 1 percent of all doctors in this country. In many circumstances simply having a complaint filed against you means that the state board will conduct an investigation, even if it is plain that the complaint is groundless.
  • Know what is at stake. Medical boards have great power over doctors' careers and livelihoods. These bodies can impose penalties that vary in severity from reprimands and fines to suspensions or revocations of medical licenses. Because of the range of punishments, it is helpful to speak with an attorney who understands this procedure and can discuss likely outcomes for the alleged acts.
  • Respond promptly. One of the first mistakes a doctor in this situation can make is not opening the letter or let the letter gather dust. Failing to respond can carry a second set of consequences, and it is unwise to do so. It is important that you take control of the situation in any way you can. Contacting a license defense attorney at this juncture can help you stay on the correct timeline and can mean that the defense you present will be uniform from the start of the process.
  • Know your weaknesses. During this time, it is imperative that you continue working at your practice, but that you do not receive any other complaints. Many doctors are surprised to find out that most complaints do not concern “bad doctoring” (incorrect diagnosis, poorly performed procedures, etc), but rather concern issues like billing, scheduling, confidentiality and possible criminal conduct.

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