If you are a chiropractor facing a professional dispute or disciplinary hearing, you may not know what to do next. All your professional career, you have done your best to provide optimal patient care. Even if the complaint was filed by a notoriously problem patient, or appears to be a simple misunderstanding, you cannot just disregard your obligation to take the complaint seriously.
These complaints can end up putting you on the defensive, even if you've done nothing wrong, and you could find yourself defending your livelihood. A disciplinary proceeding could put your reputation, and your professional career at risk. By taking action early on you will maintain the best chances for a successful resolution.
Analyzing the facts and specifics of your individual situation is integral to understanding your case. This is why I offer a no-obligation case assessment. I have been representing chiropractors and other healthcare professionals during disciplinary hearings for more than a decade. I understand what facts can be potential hurdles, and what facts are in your favor. Discussing your case, the likelihood of success, explaining all your options and understanding the entire process can go a long way to make you feel more at ease. All your questions and concerns will be answered.
What to Expect
In Washington, disciplinary proceedings involving chiropractors are governed by the Department of Health under their various boards and commissions. The complaint process is intended to ensure patients have the right to professionalism from their chiropractors, although the system can be abused. Once a complaint is filed, it will be reviewed to determine whether or not there are grounds for the board to take action.
If there is no cause for action, the case will be closed. However, if they find evidence of a violation, the case will be presented to a panel to further action against the therapist. You have the right to consult legal counsel at any point during the disciplinary proceeding, and it is in your best interest to do so as soon as you learn of an investigation. Penalties for a professional violation could include fines, counseling, mandatory training, or even suspension or revocation of your professional license.
This information is provided to give you a brief overview of the disciplinary process, each case is unique based on the facts of your individual case. I offer a no-obligation assessment, during which I can fully analyze your case, and provide a clear explanation of the process going forward. You should consider speaking with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to ensure you have all your options available.
For more information on the Washington State Department of Health complaint and disciplinary process: http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/FileComplaintAboutProviderorFacility