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When Can a Physical Therapist Face Discipline to Their License?

 Posted on May 03,2024 in Chiropractor/ Physical Therapist License Defense

Illinois physical therapist license defense lawyerPhysical therapists are trusted healthcare professionals who play a crucial role in the recovery and well-being of their patients. However, like all professionals, they are subject to strict regulatory standards, and they can face disciplinary action if they fail to follow these standards. Understanding the issues that can lead to license discipline is crucial for physical therapists.

Those who have been accused of unethical behavior or other violations will need to determine their options for responding to investigations by the Illinois Physical Therapy Licensing and Disciplinary Board and defending against disciplinary action. An experienced attorney can assist in defending against discipline and protecting a physical therapist’s license.

Common Reasons for Disciplinary Action Against Physical Therapists

Physical therapists can face discipline for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Sexual misconduct: This includes any inappropriate behavior or advances towards patients, such as unwarranted physical contact, sexual comments, or relationships with patients. Sexual misconduct is a severe breach of professional ethics and patient trust, and it can result in significant disciplinary measures, including license revocation.

  • Substance abuse: The use of drugs or alcohol can severely impair a physical therapist’s judgment and their ability to care for patients safely. Substance abuse not only endangers patients but also tarnishes the professional integrity of the practitioner.

  • Fraud: This could involve billing for services not rendered, falsifying patient records to receive insurance payments, or other deceptive practices. Fraud may not only lead to disciplinary action, but it can also result in criminal charges.

  • Discrimination: Treating patients differently on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, or other protected statuses is not only unethical, but it is also illegal. This behavior can lead to complaints from patients and disciplinary action.

  • Other unethical behavior: A wide range of other activities may lead to discipline for a physical therapist, including breach of confidentiality, inadequate record keeping, and failure to follow informed consent procedures. Physical therapists are expected to maintain a high standard of professional conduct, and failure to do so can lead to sanctions.

How an Attorney Can Help Defend a Physical Therapist License

Facing disciplinary action can be a daunting experience for any physical therapist. At The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, Inc., our attorney can provide legal help in these situations. We can assist with:

  • Navigating the legal process: With our comprehensive understanding of professional licensing law in Illinois, we can guide a physical therapist through the complex legal and administrative procedures involved in a disciplinary case. This includes preparing for hearings, dealing with paperwork, and providing guidance on the potential outcomes of a case.

  • Defense strategy: Our lawyer can develop a strong defense strategy based on the circumstances of the case. Whether challenging evidence of unethical or inappropriate behavior, presenting mitigating factors, or negotiating agreements that will minimize disciplinary action, we work to achieve the best possible outcome for a physical therapist during disciplinary proceedings.

  • Representation at hearings: During hearings held before the Physical Therapy Licensing and Disciplinary Board, our attorney can speak on behalf of a physical therapist, challenge the allegations of misconduct, and advocate for solutions that will minimize the negative effects on the person’s career.

  • Advice on compliance: Our attorney can provide guidance on how to meet the requirements put in place by the licensing board, while also helping rehabilitate the physical therapist’s reputation and providing guidance on maintaining compliance.

Contact Our Illinois Physical Therapist License Defense Lawyer

If you are a physical therapist facing disciplinary action, the Chicago professional license defense attorney at The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, Inc. can help you understand your options. We will help you take steps to minimize the discipline you may face and safeguard your career. Contact us at 630-310-1267 for a free consultation.

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