The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has the authority to order emergency suspension of a medical license, nursing license or other health professional’s license. Usually an emergency suspension is a result of gross negligence, misconduct or malpractice, health care fraud, violations of controlled substance standards, etc. 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 Emergency Suspension Order (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 emergency suspension orders 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 professionals license. While there may be validity to the complaint, the standard for achieving a emergency suspension is very high. With the right attorney your chances of avoiding this punitive action is greatly increased. The cost of retaining counsel is often outweighed by a more favorable outcome.
Professional licensing issues and administrative hearings require a great deal of knowledge, skill and experience with issues surrounding the standard of care, legal duties and ethics. Ron Chapman and his staff of health law attorneys and assistants in Michigan and Florida have over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry 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 administrative hearing.