Professional License Lawyer in North Carolina

North Carolina Physical Therapy License Defense Lawyer

North State Law helps North Carolina Physical Therapist who are facing an investigation, received a notice of complaint, or are facing discipline from the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

North Carolina Professional Licensing Attorney Nick Dowgul and his team at North State Law Firm understands how complaints, investigations can derail the career path of a Licensed North Carolina Physical Therapist.

As licensed professionals themselves, the North State Law Firm legal team is dedicated to protecting those who receive complaints or who are under investigation by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

If you’re a North Carolina Physical Therapist and find yourself in a situation where your record may be negatively impacted by a complaint or investigation, contact the North Carolina Physical Therapist License Defense Attorneys at North State Law Firm today.

What Documents Guide The Practice of Physical Therapy In The State of North Carolina?

There are two main documents that guide the practice on Physical Therapy in the state of North Carolina and give the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners the power to regulate the profession through the state.

The first document from the North Carolina General Assembly is the North Carolina Physical Therapy Act (GS – 90-270.90 – 90.270.106).

The second document comes from the North Carolina Administrative Code which is Title 21, Chapter 48 – Physical Therapy Examiners.

Who Makes Up The North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners?

The North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners was created in 1951 by the General Assembly to maintain minimum standards in the state.

There are 8 members who compose the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. The board is made up of the following:

  • 1 Medical Doctor (licensed and resides in North Carolina)
  • 4 Physical Therapist (licensed and resides in North Carolina)
  • 2 Physical Therapist Assistants (licensed and resides in North Carolina)
  • 1 Member of the General Public

What Happens If Someone Files a Complaint Against My NC Physical Therapy License with the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners?

If someone has filed a complaint against your North Carolina Physical Therapy License, the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy will begin to investigate the complaint to determine if probable cause exists. The Executive Director of the Board and a member appointed by the Chair will serve as the investigative committee.

The investigation may be assisted by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners attorney, and investigator or a consultant who possesses expertise, but is not licensed by the NC Physical Therapy Board.

If the investigative committee concludes that probable cause does not exist, they will dismiss the complaint.

If the Board concludes that probable cause does exist, they will then move to settle the matter through informal means with the licensee and their attorney if an attorney has been retained.

Additionally, if the Board finds that probable cause exists, but does not reach the level where a suspension or revocation of their license is warranted, the investigative committee may recommend that the licensee is placed on probation or is issued a warning.

The licensee has the ability to refuse the probation or warning and request a contested hearing or they may request an informal hearing to discuss the recommendations of the investigative committee. Each of these requests must be submitted within 20 days of receiving the email from the investigative committee.

Concerning the Investigation, Do I, As A Licensed North Carolina Physical Therapist Have To Cooperate With The Investigator, NC Board of Physical Therapy Attorney or Consultant If They Request Statements or Documents?

In the legal documents concerning an investigation into a complaint filed against a North Carolina Physical Therapist there is no mandatory requirement that you must speak with an investigator or provide any types of documentation they may be seeking.

With that being stated, if the investigative committee reaches out for a statement or documents, even though there is no requirement to speak or provide documentation, don’t be confrontational. If you’re going to decline, do it politely.

If you’re thinking about speaking with or providing documentation in this situation, we at North State Law strongly suggest you contact an experienced North Carolina Professional License Defense Lawyer first.

Why Should I Speak With An Attorney Before Engaging With The Investigative Committee Who Is Requesting Interviews or Documentation?

Professional License Defense Law Firms, like North State Law, have years of experience dealing with State Agencies and Licensing Boards. They know intricacies and potential pitfalls that can turn something that seems like a trivial process into a career derailing mistake.

Attorneys are skilled at crafting clear responses and providing interview preparation that will make sure you’re saying what needs to be said and nothing more. Miscommunication can lead down a road that involves more questioning. If unprepared, you may say things that simply do not need to be said.

Facing an investigative committee with someone who is experienced in the matter and process will provide you with peace of mind.

The alternate is facing a situation you likely have never faced and answering questions or formulating a written response off the cuff with no prior training or experience. All with the hope that it will satisfy them and make them go away. Many times, these may be emotionally crafted.

Speaking with an attorney lets you take all the emotion of the process and allows an experienced professional with the goal of protecting your Physical Therapy License to offer some advise to your specific situation.

Can I Hire An Attorney To Represent Me After The Board Has Concluded Their Investigation And Sent Me The Recommendation Email?

However, it’s always a sound strategy to get an attorney involved as soon as possible.

The primary reason we say it’s a “sound strategy” is because in those earlier proceedings, such as speaking with investigators or providing documentation, you may say or provide something that inadvertently impacts your case negatively and not even know it.

If the attorney is hired after that fact, they can be hamstrung by those statements you made or documentation you provided. Once information is shared, it can’t be unshared.

Getting an experienced Professional License Attorney in your corner as soon as possible allows them to take protective measures, craft responses and ultimately build the best gameplan possible to protect your license and your livelihood.

What Are Some Common Reasons for North Carolina Physical Therapist to Face Disciplinary Action Against Their License From The North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners?

Many situations may lead to a complaint being filed with the Board which leads to an investigation and ultimately disciplinary action. The following situations we see the most often concerning North Carolina Physical Therapist.

  • Fraud or Misrepresentation In Obtaining or Renewing License
  • Drug or Alcohol Usage That Affects Competency
  • Moral Turpitude from Felony Arrest
  • Documentation Inaccuracy
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Malpractice
  • Gross Negligence
  • Inadequate Supervision

Contact North State Law Today

If you have received a notice of complaint from the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, contact North State Law today to discuss the matter with Nick Dowgul and his team of dedicated North Carolina Professional License Lawyers.

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