Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
CRNA was falsely accused of stealing large amounts of drugs (a strong narcotic) and using it while at work. CRNA was tested and failed a drug test. The CRNA was terminated for stealing drugs (drug diversion) and her license was subsequently suspended by LARA. In addition, she received an administrative complaint alleging drug diversion, negligence, and incompetence in violation of MCL 333.16221. We petitioned for dissolution of the summary suspension of her nursing license and were granted a hearing before an administrative law judge. At the hearing we vigorously cross examined the employer regarding their policies, procedures, observations, and lack of evidence. As a result of our efforts, we were able to obtain a directed verdict – meaning that the judge decided in our favor at the close of the State’s case. The CRNA was permitted to return to practice that day as a result of the Judge’s order.
After successful cross examination of the State’s witnesses at the close of the State’s case, the CRNA was returned to practice. Cases like this prove the need for a strong litigator and advocate in the courtroom during licensing proceedings. Ron Chapman II and our health law team have achieved directed verdicts in a large number of summary suspension cases as a result of meticulous cross examination of State witnesses. Ron’s strong background in criminal law and trial advocacy fused with his knowledge of medicine, documentation, and health professional licensing make him an excellent advocate in the courtroom for health professionals facing criminal and administrative issues.
Remember, strong advocacy in licensing cases can also prevent criminal charges for drug diversion as a result of health care fraud allegations. If you are accused of stealing drugs
Ronald Chapman, II
This information is a sample of our past results. Prospective clients may not obtain the same or similar results. Every case is different and each case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits. The circumstances of your case may differ from the results provided. The information provided has not been reviewed or approved by the Florida Bar.