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March 21, 2024

Respiratory Board License Defense Lawyers: Protecting Your Career

 I know it’s a scary situation to be in – you’ve worked so hard for your license and rely on it for your livelihood. Having your license threatened feels incredibly unfair and overwhelming. But please know there is hope! With the right legal guidance, we can fight to protect your reputation, career and ability to continue providing your vital healthcare services.In this article, I want to walk through the major things you need to understand about the respiratory license disciplinary process and how an experienced lawyer can defend your case. My goal is to explain things in a simple, conversational way so you know what to expect and feel empowered to take action. Sound good? Okay, let’s dive in!

Common Reasons for Disciplinary Action

There are a number of reasons a state respiratory board may decide to take disciplinary action against a licensed respiratory therapist:

  • Substandard patient care
  • Improper documentation
  • Unprofessional conduct
  • Failure to comply with continuing education
  • Criminal convictions
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Violating scope of practice rules
  • Sharing false or misleading info with the board

Even minor issues can trigger an investigation and potential disciplinary proceedings against your license. And if the board files a formal complaint, they have the power to impose tough sanctions ranging from probation and fines up to full revocation of your license. That’s serious stuff.

Why You Need a Lawyer By Your Side

If you try to navigate the board’s disciplinary process alone, it can be incredibly confusing and intimidating. There are complex legal and procedural issues at every stage. That’s why having an experienced respiratory license defense lawyer is so critical. They understand how to handle these cases and can protect your interests every step of the way.Specifically, a knowledgeable lawyer can:

  • Advise you of your rights and obligations during an investigation
  • Review any evidence against you and assess potential defenses
  • Represent you at hearings and present witnesses/experts to support your case
  • Negotiate settlements with the board when appropriate
  • Appeal any adverse decisions to get them overturned

Having legal firepower on your side saves you stress, time and money while greatly improving your chances of a favorable outcome. Don’t go it alone!

Building an Effective Defense Strategy

A good respiratory license defense lawyer will dig into the details of your case and develop a comprehensive defense strategy. This often includes:

  • Thoroughly reviewing all the evidence against you
  • Investigating the facts through interviews, site visits, etc.
  • Raising any procedural issues or due process violations by the board
  • Presenting mitigating circumstances that explain/justify your actions
  • Utilizing expert witnesses to evaluate standards of care
  • Aggressively contesting unfounded allegations
  • Negotiating settlements when possible to avoid litigation
  • Filing appeals of any adverse rulings

The goal is to pursue every viable defense and hold the board accountable to follow proper policies and procedures. With an attorney’s expertise, you can build a strong case.

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Common Legal Defenses in Respiratory License Cases

There are a number of potential legal defenses we may use to defend your respiratory license:

  • Lack of jurisdiction – The board may have failed to follow proper procedures in bringing the complaint.
  • Statute of limitations – Too much time may have passed since the alleged incidents.
  • Negligent supervision – You may have been inadequately supervised by facility management.
  • Disparate treatment – You may have been treated more harshly than other licensees guilty of similar conduct.
  • Due process violations – The board may have denied you the right to properly defend yourself.
  • Insufficient evidence – The board’s allegations may lack adequate proof or documentation.
  • Misunderstanding – Apparent infractions may have resulted from miscommunication.
  • Mitigating factors – Extenuating circumstances may explain/justify the conduct.

The key is identifying every viable defense so we can get the charges dismissed or penalty reduced as much as possible.

Overview of the Respiratory License Defense Process

Here’s a quick rundown of the typical stages involved in defending your respiratory license:

  • Initial Investigation – The board reviews complaints and decides whether to open an investigation into alleged violations.
  • Notice of Investigation – You receive formal notice the board is looking into the matter.
  • Evidence Gathering – You provide requested information and documents to the board.
  • Charges & Notice – If warranted, the board files formal charges and informs you.
  • Prehearing Conference – An informal meeting is held to discuss the case and potentially negotiate a settlement.
  • Formal Hearing – If unresolved, the case proceeds to a formal administrative hearing.
  • Board Decision – Following the hearing, the board issues its ruling on your license status.
  • Appeal – If the outcome is unfavorable, you can appeal the decision through the courts.

Having an attorney represent you at every stage can make a huge difference in the outcome. We know how to respond to charges, raise defenses, negotiate with the board, examine witnesses at hearings, and appeal rulings if needed.

Tips if You’re Facing Disciplinary Action

If you find out your respiratory license is under investigation or formal charges have been filed, here are some tips:

  • Consult with a respiratory license defense lawyer ASAP – time is critical!
  • Be cooperative with the board’s investigation but don’t answer questions without your lawyer.
  • Gather and preserve any relevant documents, records or evidence.
  • Don’t try to handle matters alone unless your lawyer advises you to.
  • Follow your attorney’s advice at every stage of the proceedings.
  • Be prepared for the process to take significant time.
  • Start lining up professional references and expert witnesses.
  • Maintain compliance with all license renewal and continuing education requirements.
  • Avoid any further conduct that could worsen the allegations.

Proper legal guidance can help you successfully defend your license and livelihood.

Why Choose Us for Your Respiratory License Defense

When your career is on the line, you need a lawyer with specific experience defending healthcare professionals in licensing cases. At my firm, we’ve successfully represented numerous respiratory therapists, nurses, doctors and other licensees facing disciplinary action.Our legal team includes knowledgeable litigators who are ready to aggressively protect your rights and interests. We know how to navigate these complex cases and achieve the best possible outcome.We offer responsive service, practical guidance, and tireless advocacy for our clients. If you’re facing a respiratory board investigation or charges, please contact us for a free consultation. We’re here to help!

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