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How Can Illinois Dentists Lose Their Professional Licenses?

 Posted on December 08,2022 in Dentist License Defense

IL defense lawyerDentists spend many years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to learn the skill of dentistry. When taking into account the bureaucratic labor and fees, office and equipment financing, and staffing costs associated with setting up a practice, dental professionals have often invested enormous amounts of time and money by the time they are actually practicing on patients.

Unfortunately, this investment does not protect dentists from accusations of misconduct. Even when such accusations are entirely unfounded, dentists may face an uphill battle defending themselves from allegations of fraud, abuse, or other inappropriate behaviors. If you know or are worried that you may be facing an investigation for allegations against you, your hard work deserves to be protected by an excellent professional license defense attorney.

What Kind of Behaviors Can Cause a Dentist to be Investigated?

Every state has a board responsible for overseeing and regulating dentists. In Illinois, the Illinois State Board of Dentistry and the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) work in tandem to ensure dentists are compliant with state laws and that any accusations against a dentist are investigated thoroughly.

Investigations may be lodged against a dentist for as many as 38 reasons according to the Illinois Dental Practice Act, including:

  • Providing unnecessary care
  • Providing substandard care
  • Inappropriate behavior with patients, staff, or colleagues
  • Financial and insurance fraud
  • Criminal behavior outside of the workplace
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Inappropriately terminating a patient relationship

What Should I Do if I Am Being Investigated?

If you receive notification from the IDFPR that you are under investigation or have been accused of violations, it is essential to remain calm and respond to the allegations in a timely manner. Ignoring them or dismissing them as clearly biased or untrue will not make them go away and will only make the situation worse.

Instead, work closely with an attorney to craft an initial response that respectfully provides the IDFPR with the information they request. Do not take adverse action against a patient or anyone else you believe is responsible for the allegations against you. Responding cooperatively and following the advice of your attorney will often result in an investigation or inquiry being dropped without any action at all.

Call an Illinois Dentist License Defense Attorney

If you are at risk of having your dental license sanctioned, suspended, or revoked, schedule a consultation with an Illinois professional license defense attorney right away. Even if you are simply worried that an investigation may be opened into you or your practice, having an attorney can help you make wise decisions that will protect you from mistakes. Call The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, Inc. today at 630-310-1267.



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