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Issues That Can Result in Suspension of Your Illinois Professional License

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illinois license defense lawyerIn every state in the country, there are certain professionals who are required to hold a professional license that is issued through the state. In this state, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is the state agency that has regulation over all the different professional boards that issue these licenses and are in charge of oversight. Some of these boards include the Illinois Medical Board, Illinois Board of Nursing, Illinois Board of Pharmacy, the Illinois Dental Board, and Illinois Board of Clinical Psychologists/Social Workers.

When there is an issue with a professional license holder, the board that issued that license will begin an investigation into the allegations made and then make a decision on what – if any – action should be taken against the license holder. The following are some of the more common reasons why investigations take place. If you have been notified that you are under investigation, contact an Illinois professional license defense attorney immediately.

Alcoholism or Addiction

Addiction is one of the most common complaints that are made against a professional license holder that can result in an investigation and subsequent license suspension or revocation. Whether that addiction is to alcohol, drugs, or both, the impact that the addiction can have on the quality of care the individual can provide can be devastating.

Addiction can interfere with the professional’s concentration, memory, reasoning, and attention span. A doctor, nurse, or another professional who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol has a high risk of committing an error that can result in injury or death to a patient.

Alcoholism and drug addiction can also lead to criminal offenses, such as driving under the influence, stealing prescription medications, and more. Criminal convictions can also lead to a loss of a professional license.

Issues with Physical or Mental Health

If a professional is suffering from a physical or mental illness, condition, or disability, this issue may interfere with how well the professional is able to conduct their duties. For example, a pharmacist who is showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia could eventually begin making errors in dispensing medications or other work responsibilities that put patients' lives at risk.

Harassing Professional Relationships

Accusations of harassing or inappropriate relationships with patients, employees, or other professionals can also lead to an investigation by the board holding the individual’s license. Not only can these accusations lead to a board investigation, but in some cases, there could be civil and even criminal charges filed against the accused.

Contact an Illinois Professional License Defense Attorney

If you are facing allegations that could threaten your professional license, let The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC advocate for you. Call 630-310-1267 today to schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our dedicated Illinois professional license defense lawyers.


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