Palm Springs Healthcare Licensing Defense Lawyer

The process of becoming a healthcare professional can be long. It typically requires years of education, plus taking an exam and meeting related licensing standards. If you are accused of professional misconduct, you may lose your ability to work in the medical field. 

A Palm Springs healthcare licensing defense attorney can defend you and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

In California, licensing boards are responsible for not only licensing but investigating complaints related to medical professionals. If an allegation of professional misconduct is substantiated, a licensing board may seek to impose discipline on a licensee. These consequences may include a public reprimand, a license suspension, or even revocation of your license. In some cases, these allegations may also lead to criminal charges and prosecution.  

The Law Offices of Nicole Irmer represent medical professionals in Southern California, including doctors, surgeons, physician assistants, nurses, psychologists,  therapists, dentists, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals. Based in San Diego, our professional license defense attorneys represent clients in Palm Springs and throughout Riverside County. Whether you need help with obtaining a license, an investigation and/or disciplinary action, or license reinstatement, we can help. Reach out today to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team.

Types of Cases We Handle

Our law firm is dedicated to advocating for healthcare professionals throughout California. We take a proactive approach to legal defense, typically getting involved early in the disciplinary process to try to resolve the matter favorably. If you need assistance with a board investigation, a formal Accusation, a stipulated settlement, or an administrative hearing, we will use our knowledge and experience of California licensing matters to help you get the best result possible.

We represent clients before all healthcare licensing boards in California. Our practice includes matters before the following boards:

With extensive experience as California criminal defense attorneys, we can also assist individuals who are facing related disciplinary actions and criminal charges. We have helped clients who are dealing with issues related to:

  • Applications for a professional license
  • Professional misconduct
  • Medical record errors
  • Gross negligence
  • Professional misconduct
  • Excessive treatments or prescribing
  • Unauthorized practice
  • Incompetence
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Mental or physical illness that affects the ability to practice
  • Disciplinary action in another state or jurisdiction
  • Criminal arrests and convictions, including DUI charges or domestic violence
  • Reinstatement after a license revocation

Any allegation of a violation of California’s Business and Professions Code (BPC) could result in disciplinary action. Each licensing board has general guidelines for imposing discipline. Based on the facts of your case, including any mitigating evidence, consequences may include a warning, a citation and fine, public reprimand or reproval, license probation, license suspension, or license revocation in the most severe cases.  

Because a license is required for most healthcare professionals to work in the state of California, disciplinary action can lead to losing your ability to work and earn money. For this reason, if you are under investigation for any type of professional misconduct, you should reach out to an experienced Palm Springs healthcare licensing defense lawyer as soon as possible. Our attorneys will advocate for you to help you achieve the best possible outcome based on the specific facts of your case, and can also represent you on any associated criminal offenses.

Defending Healthcare Professionals in Disciplinary Matters

As a healthcare professional, your license is incredibly important. Learning that you are under investigation by a licensing board can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety. The best option in these situations is not to ignore the issue or hope that it goes away. Instead, you should seek out legal counsel as soon as possible.

Board investigations do not always result in disciplinary action. A complaint may be unfounded and will be dismissed without you taking any further action. However, even a spurious allegation could still jeopardize your career. A Palm Springs healthcare license defense attorney can advise you of your rights and options for all legal matters related to a board investigation, including any related criminal charges.

At the Law Offices of Nicole Irmer, our goal is to address disciplinary issues head-on, getting involved early in the investigative process when possible. We may request a meeting with the board’s investigator to present evidence that proves that you did not commit a violation or mitigating evidence that may lessen your culpability. In many cases, we can negotiate a resolution before a formal Accusation is filed.

Our strategy for healthcare license defense is multi-pronged. We know that it isn’t always possible to get the complaint dismissed or settled early in the process. To help our clients achieve the best possible result, we simultaneously work on a defense to the complaint against you. This may include everything from hiring a private investigator and expert witnesses to developing a rehabilitation plan if there are allegations of substance abuse or mental health issues.

Our law firm will handle all communications with the board investigator, your licensing board, and the Attorney General’s office. Doing so will reduce the risk that you may say something that can be used against you in a disciplinary action or criminal charges.  If an Accusation is filed, we will work to negotiate a stipulated settlement that is favorable to you.

It is sometimes necessary to go to a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). At the hearing, we will present both evidence and legal arguments and ask the ALJ to issue a ruling in your favor. If the Board ultimately makes an unfavorable decision, then we may file an appeal when appropriate. We can also assist you with understanding the terms of any discipline imposed and with seeking reinstatement if your license is revoked.

We understand that in life, even the most conscientious medical professionals may deal with challenging issues or simply make a mistake. We treat each of our clients with compassion and work with them to put together a plan to keep their licenses and continue to work if possible. For clients dealing with chemical dependency and/or mental health issues, we can assist you with finding resources to get the help that you need. 

Reach Out to Talk to an Experienced Healthcare Licensing Defense in Palm Springs

Working in the medical field can often be a thankless job, with long hours and demanding patients. Yet despite these challenges, healthcare professionals continue to provide the highest quality of care. Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes do happen – which may result in disciplinary action. In these situations, you can count on our decades of experience and track record of successful resolutions to help you get the best possible outcome.

Based in San Diego, the Law Offices of Nicole Irmer represent healthcare workers in professional licensing matters before California licensing boards.  If you are facing a disciplinary or licensing issue, we will work with you to help you get a favorable result. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with a Palm Springs healthcare licensing defense lawyer, call our office at 619-237-6130 or fill out our online contact form.