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Illinois Medical License Defense

We defend licensed medical and healthcare professionals in Illinois

Chicago, Illinois Medical License Defense Attorney

Chicago, Illinois Healthcare License Defense Lawyer

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation regulates and disciplines licensed medical and healthcare professionals in Illinois. IDFPR oversees dozens of advisory boards, covering numerous occupations. The majority of IDFPR licensed medical and healthcare professionals are located in the Chicago area.  Most Chicago Licensed medical and healthcare professionals have minimal or no contact with the enforcement arm of the IDFPR. For Licensed medical and healthcare professionals who become part of the IDFPR’s disciplinary process, the consequences are profound. The Medical license disciplinary process is complex, procedural and time consuming. Licensed medical and healthcare professionals facing the IDFPR disciplinary process should seek legal representation from an experienced Chicago, Illinois Medical License Defense Attorney.

The firm’s Chicago area contact information is:

250 Parkway Drive, Suite 150
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
(847) 495-8309

The firm represents Chicago, Illinois Medical and Healthcare licensees possessing the following Illinois Medical licenses and Illinois Healthcare licenses:

  • Acupuncturist
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Dietitian
  • Doctor (Physician)
  • Environmental Health Practitioner
  • Euthanasia Technician
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Massage Therapist
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Pharmacist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician (Doctor)
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatrist
  • Professional Counselor
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Care Therapist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinarian Technician

Chicago, Illinois IDFPR Investigation Defense Lawyer

The majority of IDFPR Medical license investigations begin with the filing of a consumer Complaint. However, IDFPR Medical Investigations also occur through sting operations, criminal conviction referrals and criminal investigations. The Illinois Department of Financial and Medical Regulation utilizes non sworn investigators to conduct non criminal investigations of Licensed medical and healthcare professionals. IDFPR also partners with local law enforcement agencies to conduct criminal investigations. These employees investigate criminal and administrative law violations. Administrative Law Due Process Rights differ substantially from the Due Process Rights accorded in criminal law.

It is important to have an attorney that understands the IDFPR Medical License disciplinary process. At the conclusion of an IDFPR Medical Investigation, the Department has several options. IDFPR choose to close the Investigation against the Medical. The Department can choose to issue a Reprimand to the Medical. IDFPR can also choose to file a formal disciplinary Complaint against the Medical. In some cases, the IDFPR Legal Office can also choose to hold a pre filing Disciplinary Conference. The Disciplinary Conference may result in a Consent Agreement with IDFPR. A Consent Agreement is the formal name for a settlement agreement. Licensed medical and healthcare professionals facing an IDFPR Investigation should seek legal representation from an experienced Chicago, Illinois Medical License Defense Attorney.

Chicago, Illinois IDFPR Complaint Defense Attorney

If the Disciplinary Conference does not result in a Consent Agreement, IDFPR can file a formal disciplinary Complaint against the Medical. The Medical must file an Answer to the Complaint. IDFPR and the Medical will exchange evidence in a process called discovery. Most Illinois Department of Financial and Medical Regulation Hearings occur in Chicago. A small portion of Hearings occur in Springfield. The IDFPR Administrative Law Court will set a Hearing date. A Hearing date is a trial date. In many cases, IDFPR will also issue a Preliminary Hearing date. At the Preliminary Hearing Court date, there will be an opportunity to discuss evidence and settlement. Prior to the IDFPR Hearing, there may be additional opportunities to settle an Illinois Department of Financial and Profession Regulation Disciplinary Hearing.

Licensed medical and healthcare professionals facing an IDFPR Complaint should contact an experienced Chicago, Illinois Medical License Defense Attorney for representation. Common causes of action for disciplinary Complaints against Licensed medical and healthcare professionals include:

  • Aiding and Abetting Unlicensed Practice
  • Cheating on a License Exam
  • Gross Negligence
  • Failure to Maintain Adequate Records
  • Felony Criminal Convictions
  • Incompetence
  • Mental Illness
  • Misdemeanor Criminal Convictions
  • Physical Illness
  • Sexual Misconduct

Chicago, Illinois IDFPR Hearing Attorney

The Illinois Department of Financial and Medical Regulation maintains its primary Hearing location in Chicago. However, in some cases, IDFPR Hearings occur in Springfield. The IDFPR Administrative Law Hearing is a formal Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. Our law firm represents clients from all over Illinois, including from Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Joliet, Lake County, McHenry County, Will County, Arlington Heights, Naperville, Schaumburg and Waukegan.

After the Hearing, the Administrative Law Judge submits the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Recommendations. In other words, the ALJ issues a written, recommended decision to the Illinois State Medical Disciplinary Board. The Illinois State Medical Disciplinary Board reviews the Administrative Law Judge’s the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Recommendations. The Illinois State Medical Disciplinary Board makes a disciplinary recommendation to the IDFPR Director. The Medical then has twenty days to write a response to the Illinois State Medical Disciplinary Board’s disciplinary recommendation to the IDFPR Director. This is called a Twenty Day Notice.

The IDFPR Director then issues a Final Order of Discipline. Licensed medical and healthcare professionals can appeal the IDFPR Director’s Final Order of Discipline. Final Order of Discipline Appeals are made before the Circuit Court in the County where the Hearing occurred. The Appeal must be made within 35 days of the issuance of the IDFPR’s Final Order of Discipline. Healthcare license discipline may include the following types of discipline:

  • Medical License Reprimand
  • Medical License Probation
  • Medical License Suspension
  • Medical License Indefinite Suspension
  • Medical License Revocation

Illinois licensed medical and healthcare professionals facing an Illinois Department of Financial and Medical Regulation Administrative Law Hearing need representation from a Chicago, Illinois Medical License Defense Lawyer.

Chicago, Illinois IDFPR Medical License and Criminal Investigations and Criminal Convictions

Illinois and Chicagoland law enforcement investigate Licensed medical and healthcare professionals for a variety of criminal acts. While IDFPR does not possess sworn law enforcement power, IDFPR closely with local law enforcement and the County States Attorney’s Office. Many Illinois Department of Financial and Medical Regulation Investigators are retired Police Officers from Chicago and surrounding suburbs. IDFPR will closely monitor criminal investigations involving Licensed medical and healthcare professionals.

Furthermore, IDFPR can discipline licensed medical and healthcare professionals for criminal convictions. Criminal convictions for serious offenses may result in the revocation of a Medical License. IDFPR will closely monitor Criminal Court cases involving Licensed medical and healthcare professionals. Common criminal offenses that can cause Medical License discipline are:

  • Diverting a Controlled Substance
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Medi-Cal Fraud
  • Medicare Fraud
  • Prescription Pill Fraud (Pill Mill)
  • Sex Offenses
  • Workers Compensation Fraud

Licensed medical and healthcare professionals facing criminal charges and licensed medical and healthcare professionals convicted of criminal offenses need a Chicago, Illinois attorney experienced in both Illinois Criminal Defense and IDFPR Administrative Law Hearing.

Chicago, Illinois IDFPR Letter of Denial Appeal Attorney

The Illinois Department of Financial and Medical Regulation can deny a Medical License to an applicant. IDFPR Medical License Denials generally occur for the following reasons:

  • Cheating on Medical License Exam
  • Dishonesty on Medical License Application
  • Felony Criminal Convictions
  • Misdemeanor Criminal Convictions
  • Misrepresentation on Medical License Application

IDFPR issues an Intent to Deny letter to an applicant. An Intent to Deny letter is also known as a Letter of Denial. The Medical License applicant only has a limited time to Appeal an Intent to Deny Letter. IDFPR may schedule an informal Disciplinary Conference to try and reach a Consent Agreement. A Consent Agreement is also known as a Settlement Agreement.

If the informal Disciplinary Conference does not result in a settlement, the matter will proceed to an IDFPR Administrative Hearing. The IDFPR Administrative Hearing is conducted in the same manner as if the applicant was already a Medical facing a formal disciplinary Complaint. However, the applicant bears the burden of proof in a Medical License Denial. The Medical License applicant must prove that he/she has the rehabilitation and moral character necessary to hold a Medical License in Illinois. Applicants denied an IDFPR Medical License should contact a Chicago, Illinois Medical License Denial Lawyer for representation.

Chicago, Illinois IDFPR Petition for Restoration Lawyer

Illinois Licensed medical and healthcare professionals who have been subject to IDFPR Medical License discipline in Illinois may file a Petition for Restoration. An Illinois Department of Financial and Medical Regulation Petition for Restoration can be used to terminate probation, suspension and indefinite suspension. An IDFPR Petition for Restoration can also be used as a Petition for Reinstatement of a revoked Medical License. A Petition for Restoration to IDFPR must state the factual and legal reasons why the Petition for Reinstatement should be granted.

The applicant bears the burden of proof to show IDFPR why Restoration or Reinstatement of the Medical License is warranted. In some instances, IDFPR may hold an Administrative Law Hearing to decide whether a Petition for Restoration should be granted. The IDFPR Administrative Hearing is conducted in the same manner as if the applicant was already a Medical facing a formal disciplinary Complaint. A successful IDFPR Medical License Petition for Restoration requires representation by an experienced Illinois Medical License Defense Attorney.

The firm’s Chicago area contact information is:

250 Parkway Drive, Suite 150
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
(847) 495-8309