To become a chiropractor, a person must receive extensive education and training, and building a thriving practice requires a significant investment of time and money. As a chiropractor, you will want to quickly and effectively address any issues that may threaten your ability to practice, including disciplinary action that may result in the suspension or revocation of your chiropractor’s license.
At Williams & Nickl, LLC, our attorneys understand how to address licensing issues faced by chiropractors. We have more than 55 years of combined legal experience, and we have represented more than 3,000 clients before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Attorney Edward W. Williams is a former IDFPR Chief of Prosecutions, and with his and Attorney Fred Nickl’s knowledge of the formal and informal policies and procedures followed by IDFPR prosecutors, we are uniquely positioned to guide our clients to success in cases involving potential disciplinary action.
In Illinois, chiropractors are governed by the State Medical Disciplinary Board. There are a wide variety of issues that may result in disciplinary action to a chiropractor’s license, including:
When addressing these or other disciplinary issues, it is crucial to work with an attorney who has a full understanding of the applicable laws, rules, and procedures. We know how the Medical Practice Act of 1987 (225 ILCS 60/1, et. seq.) applies to chiropractors, and we understand the administrative procedures defined in the Rules for the Administration of the Medical Practice Act of 1987 (68 ILAC 1285.20, et seq.) and the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois (20 ILCS 2105/2105-1, et seq.). We can ensure that these rules and statutes are applied correctly in your case.
We have worked with a wide variety of clients in the medical and healthcare fields to defend against disciplinary action to their professional licenses. In one successful case, we represented a physician who was facing a number of accusations, including failing to conduct proper physical examinations and failing to chart. Through negotiations with the IDFPR prosecutor, we were able to obtain a settlement that included a short period of probation, and we were able to quickly restore our client’s license to an unencumbered status.
Applications for chiropractor licenses are handled by the State Medical Licensing Board. In some cases, an applicant may receive a request to provide background information or a Notice of Deficiency Checklist regarding incidents that took place in the past, such as criminal convictions, DUI arrests, or sister-state discipline. Before responding to this type of request, you should contact us and speak to Fred and Edward to determine the best approach to take. We will provide you with a one-hour consultation at no charge, and if necessary, we can draft an explanation letter to the IDFPR that addresses any concerns. In many cases, we are able to dispose of these inquiries quickly, and we are often able to have licenses issued soon after responding to the licensing board.
If you are facing any type of disciplinary action to your chiropractor license, you will want to take immediate action to avoid any threats to your ability to practice. The attorneys of Williams & Nickl, LLC can help you understand your legal options and the steps you should take. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may be able to avoid disciplinary action by providing an explanation for a complaint, negotiate a settlement with IDFPR prosecutors, or provide representation in a formal evidentiary hearing. In many cases, we are able to help our clients resolve these matters with no public discipline to their professional license. To schedule your free consultation, contact us today by calling 312-335-9470.