New Jersey Physical Therapy Defense Lawyers
Physical therapists are noble people in many ways. They are working at a profession where their goal is to take away pain from the lives of their patients and to assist them in making lasting recoveries from their sustained injuries. Despite the kindness and nobility of this calling, it is entirely possible for the treatment to not proceed as is planned for and hoped. Patients who do not see their recovery progressing as quickly or well as they believe it should can be counted on to file a lawsuit against you despite your sincere and best efforts on their behalf. This could be called a malpractice suit, and it can certainly put both your professional license and your very livelihood at risk.
This is unfair in many respects because you as a physical therapist invest significantly of your time, talents, and money to become a physical therapist and gain your licenses to practice in the first place. Should you be accused of failing with respect to poor treatment through incompetence or gross negligence, misconduct, a criminal act, or drugs or alcohol abuse and your license and future are put into extreme jeopardy, then you need to contact a dependable and highly experienced physical therapy defense attorney.
The Process After A Complaint Is Filed
Formal complaints are very serious indeed and could put your licenses, practice, and future all at major risk. You must never assume that the complaint and person behind it will simply get bored and go away or even be dismissed as groundless and base. Because so very much is at stake for you personally, you can not make the mistakes that come from handling this type of involved issue on your own. Take the action of allowing a renowned defense attorney who has built up a well-established history of successful interventions and defenses to become involved so that both your reputation and your rights are defended and preserved.
In most states like New Jersey, when complaints against a person practicing with a license are filed against either practitioners or their facilities, investigation staff are assigned to work with a committee from the relevant board to ascertain if there is merit in the charges. If the allegations pertain to professional or personal misconduct, the board could easily begin a full-scale investigation or take a severe disciplinary action leading to professional censure or even suspension or outright revocation of your license. This is why if you should learn that someone has filed a complaint against you, you must obtain at your very earliest possible convenience the services of a professional and experienced Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist defense attorney who will stand by your side and help to save your practice and reputation.
Typical Disciplinary Actions
Make no mistake about it, these review boards for the occupational licenses take these charges seriously and will have no qualms at all about revoking or suspending your license if they feel there is just cause. Some of the reasons that they might feel obliged to punish you so include:
Hiring and Utilizing Assistants Who Are Unlicensed
Insufficient Supervision of Your Physical Therapist Aides and Assistants
Incompetent or Negligent Treatment of Your Patients
Poor or Conflict of Interest Referrals
Medical Billing or Insurance Fraud
Criminal Charges or Convictions
Drugs or Alcohol Abuse
In particular you may be accused of negligence with your licensed physical therapy practice. The state of New Jersey takes these types of concerns deadly seriously. In this case, you may find yourself defending against occupational-specific charges such as:
Manipulations that Lead to Further Injuries
Causing New Injuries
Physical Therapy Professionals Who May Need Defense
There are a variety of personnel in the universe of Physical Therapy who may find themselves the victims of a complaint or professional charge that threatens their licenses and future in the profession. Our firm is able to strenuously defend the rights and protect the needs of:
Licensed Physical Therapists
Occupational Therapist Assistants
Physical Therapist Assistants
Get the Defense You Need In Every Stage of Physical Therapist Malpractice Claims
It comes as a shock to many individuals, but the Physical Therapy Board of New Jersey and other states is not in existence in order to help out and protect the rights of Physical Therapists or Physical Therapist Assistants. Unfortunately for practitioners of Physical Therapy, their purpose is instead to critically regulate the practicing physical therapists and PT assistants and to vigorously investigate any misconduct charges as and when they arise.
Our NJ Physical therapist license defense law firm at Joseph Potashnik and Associates represents the interests of physical therapists and other physical therapy staff at every point in any disciplinary action or investigation. This includes the initial investigation, administrative appeals and hearings, and even superior court appeals with writs of mandamus.
Remember that sanctions for allegations of professional or even personal misconduct can lead to your physical therapist occupational license being either temporarily suspended or actually revoked on a permanent basis. Even if you are sure that you have not committed any professional or criminal misconduct either intentionally or accidentally, you need to take such an investigation into your practice very seriously from the start, while there is still sufficient time and space to put together a vigorous defense.
Since your career and financial future are both on the line, this is not the time to be carefree or putting-off about these incidents. You should never underestimate how serious this sort of a matter really is for you. Be certain at least that you have retained the services and assistance of an aggressive and practiced lawyer who completely comprehends the laws on these matters and who is confident in his or her ability to construct a powerful and ultimately successful case on your behalf. Call our NJ physical therapy license defense lawyers today.