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Five Reasons Representation is Crucial at Healthcare Licensure Board Hearings

It takes years of hard work to complete the education required to become a medical professional.  Whether a physician, physician assistant, nurse, APRN, CRNA, chiropractor, dentist, dental hygienist, pharmacist, or pharmacy technician, the last thing you want to do when your professional license or professional reputation is on the line is sit on the sidelines. Unfortunately, many don't know that is exactly what they do when missing crucial state licensing board hearings.  Professional licensure hearings determine the fate of medical professionals, can have devastating and lasting effects on a professional's ability to practice, as well as reach across state lines.  Having legal representation is crucial!  Here are five reasons hiring a qualified and skilled attorney is the key to surviving professional licensing board matters.

1.     Representation Matters.

As with taxation, representation matters at these hearings.  Representation in a medical licensing board defense matter requires more communication than revolution. Representation will provide you with many protections, such as an advocate on your side and a guide for the proceedings.

2.     Unknown Lasting Consequences.

Without representation you could face lasting consequences.  Signing a document without fully understanding your rights could harm you and your ability to practice in both Kentucky and other states where you hold a license.   If you fail to hire a reputable attorney with experience in medical board defense or license board defense, you are setting your self up for failure.  Namely you could lose your license in an emergency action or have your ability to practice your trade severely restricted. 

Hiring effective counsel won't guarantee as specific outcome, but it is too risky to proceed without hiring an attorney with experience defending professionals before licensure boards.  An experienced healthcare licensure defense attorney knows how to navigate disciplinary proceedings and negotiate favorable resolutions.

3.     Understanding the Proceedings.

Standing in front of the healthcare licensure board can be daunting.  The proceedings are technical and confusing.  You don't than face potential professional license revocation alone.  Hire an attorney with experience in healthcare licensure defense.  With an experience  licensure defense attorney, you will have someone by your side that understands the process.  Experienced licensure defense attorneys understand the procedure, know how to address the matters before your licensure board, and obtain the best resolution for you.

4.     Peace of Mind.

Notification from a licensure board of a pending action against your license may not advise you of the importance of attending all meetings concerning your license (and may even state that you are not "required" to attend).  It is imperative that you appear at every stage of the proceedings and bring your attorney with you.  With legal representation you gain a valuable ally.   Never sign any statement, Consent Order, Certification Agreement, Agreed Order or other legal document unless your attorney has reviewed it and instructed you to sign it.  With an experienced professional licensure defense attorney, you can be certain the terms listed in any agreement are fair and just.  Protect yourself and your patients with the representation you need.

5.     Know What To Do Next.

So your case has been reviewed by your licensure board, now what?  Do you know what to do next and what other steps you will need to take to protect your interests, your license, and your practice?  An experienced healthcare  licensure defense attorney will know the process and what steps to take to insure your interests are protected. 

Time is not on your side if you feel your medical, nursing, physician assistant, dental, dental hygienist, chiropractic, pharmacy, or pharmacy technician license is threatened.  Act fast and contact a professional license defense attorney who can advocate for your rights. Tricia A. Shackelford has close to two decades of experience as a healthcare defense attorney and has handled matters before the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, the Kentucky Nursing Board, the Kentucky Board of Dentistry, Kentucky Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy.  Tricia is conveniently located in Lexington, Kentucky and serves clients throughout the Commonwealth.  Contact Tricia at (859) 231-1560 or tricia@slofirm.com to schedule a consultation. To better accommodate professional healthcare clients, appointments are available during the evening and on weekends. 

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