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Illinois Dental Hygienist License Defense Lawyer

Chicago dental hygienist license denial attorney

Chicago Attorneys Assisting With Dental License Discipline and Application Denials

Dental hygienists perform an essential service that allows dentists to care for their patients' needs. Hygienists must complete the proper training and meet a variety of requirements in order to obtain a dental hygienist license, and any legal issues that threaten these licenses should be addressed promptly and effectively.

At Williams & Nickl, LLC, our lawyers have over 55 combined years of legal experience, and Attorney Edward Williams previously served as Chief of Prosecutions for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). We have worked with clients in a wide variety of occupations and industries to address professional licensing concerns, and we can help you determine your best options when defending your dental hygienist license.

Licensing Issues for Dental Hygienists

Those who hold a professional license allowing them to serve as a dental hygienist may face disciplinary action for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Negligent or Substandard Practice
  • Aiding and Abetting Unlicensed Practice of Dentistry
  • Performing Duties Inappropriate for One's Level of Licensing
  • Unethical or Unprofessional Conduct
  • Improper Keeping of Patient Records
  • Committing Insurance Fraud
  • Mental and/or Physical Impairment
  • Substance Abuse That Affects the Ability to Practice
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Sister-State Discipline
  • Convictions on Criminal Charges, Including DUI
  • Violations of State/Federal Confidentiality Laws

Our attorneys can help address any complaints or other disciplinary issues that arise under the Illinois Dental Practice Act (225 ILCS 25, et. seq.). With our understanding of these statutes, our knowledge of the rules and regulations governing IDFPR disciplinary hearing and actions, and our experience arguing before licensing boards such as the Illinois Board of Dentistry, you can rest assured that you will have a legal advocate on your side who can help you achieve a positive outcome to your case.

License Application Denials

One common issue a person may face when applying for a dental hygienist license is the uncertainty regarding how to respond after receiving a Deficiency Checklist from the IDFPR. In many cases, these notices ask an applicant to provide information about a past criminal conviction. Before responding to these requests, contact our attorneys and speak to us about the approach you should take. We will discuss your options in a free consultation, and if necessary, we will draft a letter to the IDFPR that answers the questions and explains why you should receive your license.

We have assisted many professional license applicants with responses to Deficiency Checklists and requests for information from the IDFPR. In one successful case, a nurse who attempted to handle this type of request on her own spent three months waiting for the IDFPR to act. With our help, she was able to have a license issued successfully within three days.

Contact a Chicago Dental Hygienist License Discipline Lawyer

If you have received notice from the IDFPR that your dental hygienist license may be subject to disciplinary action, you may worry that you will lose your license and suffer a devastating blow to your career. However, by working with Williams & Nickl, LLC, you can ensure that your rights are protected during an IDFPR investigation and determine the actions you can take to protect against the suspension or revocation of your license. We can gather information about your case, present evidence and explanations for any alleged violations, and negotiate on your behalf to minimize the discipline you may face. In many cases, we are able to help our clients avoid public discipline to their professional licenses.

If you are facing discipline to your dental hygienist license, you should contact us immediately. We will speak to you for one hour either in-person or via phone, and this initial consultation is free of charge. During this time, we will review your case, help you understand the allegations against you and the potential discipline you are facing, and explain your best options for defense. During the course of your case, we will provide you with dedicated representation, working to achieve positive results that protect your license and your livelihood. To get started, call our office today at 312-335-9470.

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