In our 35 years of defending licensed healthcare professionals accused of healthcare fraud or improper opioid prescribing, we at Chapman Law Group are adept at spotting a disturbing pattern: healthcare providers coming to us after their former lawyers just couldn’t handle their healthcare-based criminal law matter.
It could be a solo attorney offering a doctor a low rate or a flat fee in accepting their healthcare fraud case.
Or a physician coerced into using a big-name law firm based on the senior partner’s litigation experience — only for that doctor’s case to be thrown to inexperienced associate attorneys.
Perhaps the lawyer is taking on too many other cases, and a matter as complex as healthcare fraud is proving to be just too overwhelming.
Meanwhile, doctors, pain management specialists, pharmacists, chiropractors, and other healthcare providers end up wasting money, time, and peace of mind — all because they chose the wrong attorney without picking up on the signals that scream, “Stay away from this lawyer!”
But what are the warning indicators that anyone facing healthcare fraud or improper opioid prescribing charges should notice immediately when selecting counsel?
In our latest edition of Chapman Law Group’s Health Care Hot Topics video podcast, Ronald W. Chapman II, chair of Chapman Law Group’s White Collar Defense and Government Investigations practice, leads an exploration into the eight signs that tell healthcare providers they’ve chosen the wrong lawyer to handle their Medicare, Medicaid, TriCare, or other healthcare fraud-related case, or a pain medication charge.
Joining Ron are Chapman Law Group senior attorney Summer McKeivier, who works out of our Los Angeles/Southern California office, and specializes federal criminal defense, healthcare fraud and abuse, governmental investigations, and DEA matters.
In addition, we welcome Linda Cheek, MD, founder and director of Doctors of Courage, to this video podcast. Cheek, whose had been convicted on improper prescribing-related charges, started Doctors of Courage to help physicians understand their rights when facing prosecution or indictment by the Department of Justice. The Doctors of Courage website helps those in the medical community by providing resources and news stories about the “injustice against medical professionals and chronic pain patients.”