In California, the Board of Chiropractic Examiners conducts investigations on chiropractors based on complaints they receive from patients and through other sources. Every investigation is treated as a serious matter, which means investigations can be lengthy, sometimes taking months to resolve. Some of the more common accusations that the board will look into may include gross negligence, poor record keeping, the use of unlicensed or unqualified therapists to perform treatments on patients, among others.
To avoid making any missteps, it is critical to hire a chiropractic board lawyer to provide you with a staunch defense against any allegations.
Cooperation under the guidance of a chiropractic board lawyer
Cooperation is important in an investigation, but you must do so in a way that does not place your chiropractic license and your career in jeopardy. Investigators can take advantage of your willingness to volunteer information that will hurt you, and while you might think you are doing the right thing, in reality you may only be helping to build a case against yourself.
You may also find yourself in trouble with the board if you are facing criminal allegations or have been convicted of other offenses that are not directly related to your profession or your license. This might include DUI, illegal possession or distribution of drugs or narcotics or other similar crimes that question the integrity of a defendant as a professional license holder.
The value of retaining a chiropractic board lawyer
Hiring an attorney who is experienced in dealing with the Board of Chiropractic Examiners can pay dividends immediately. If you are already under investigation or have been contacted regarding a possible violation, an attorney who understands the processes involved in an investigation may be in a better position to work with board officials and negotiate a resolution on your behalf. This is especially important if you are able to avoid the filing of an Accusation or a Statement of Issues which are formal processes that can damage your career in both the short term and the long term.
The Law Office of Ginger Kelley serves clients in Newport Beach, Santa Ana and communities throughout Orange County, California.