Our office handles many different forms of professional disciplinary matters – including complaints and hearing before the Maryland Board of Nursing (“MBON”), but also before the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. As any practitioner who has received a letter from one of the disciplinary boards will tell you, it is not a pleasant feeling. If you do receive such a letter, notifying you that a complaint has been filed against you, you should make sure you contact an attorney immediately. Providing incorrect information to a disciplinary board could have devastating impact on your professional license.
Recently, we received an inquiry from a physical therapist who had just received such a letter from the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. The client was understandably nervous and did not know what to do. We met with the client and properly researched the numerous allegations against him. We then contacted the Board Investigator, arranged to review their complaint file concerning the allegations against our client, and requested a settlement conference. At the settlement conference, we were able to zealously advocate for our client and ultimately, the Board agreed to dismiss all charges. Of course, our client, whose livelihood was threatened by potential discipline, could not have been happier with the result.
So, keep this story in mind and please call us if you have any issues arise with any Maryland professional disciplinary board.