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Emergency Suspension Orders and Hearings

Professional licensing issues and administrative hearings require a knowledge, skill and experience with issues surrounding the standard of care, legal duties and ethics. Chapman Law Group attorneys are dedicated to helping medical professionals defeat actions that threaten their profession, integrity and livelihood.

If you have received an Emergency Suspension Order (ESO) or Emergency Restriction Order (ERO) from a Florida licensing board, or are aware of an investigation into your conduct, we urge you to call us immediately. We can help you determine the best course of action and, if necessary, represent you before the licensing board or at the administrative hearing.

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has the authority to order an emergency suspension of a medical license, nursing license or other health professional’s license. Usually, an emergency suspension is a result of actions such as gross negligence, misconduct or malpractice, health care fraud or  violations of controlled substance standards. In short, conduct that jeopardizes public health, safety or welfare may result in an emergency suspension of a health professional’s license.

Physicians, nurses and other health professionals who receive an ESO are usually entitled to or may petition the board for a hearing to present their case before final action is taken. Hearings and appeals against ESOs must be done promptly. Therefore, it is important that you contact a professional licensing attorney as soon as you become aware of an emergency suspension order against your medical, nursing or other professional license. While there may be validity to the complaint, the standard for achieving an emergency suspension is very high. With the right attorney, your chances of avoiding this punitive action are greatly increased. The cost of retaining counsel is often outweighed by a more favorable outcome.

We Represent Clients Before the Following:

      • Board of Medicine (BOM)
      • Board of Osteopathic Medicine
      • Board of Nursing (BON)
      • Board of Pharmacy (BOP)
      • Board of Chiropractic Medicine
      • Board of Dentistry
      • Board of Optometry
      • Board of Pediatric Medicine
      • Board of Psychology
      • Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
      • Board of Occupational Therapists
      • Board of Social Work
      • Board of Physical Therapy
      • Board of Massage Therapy
      • Other professional licensing boards

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