Defending Your License And Future In OPD Cases
To ensure public protection in New York State, the New York State Education Department’s Office of Professional Discipline (OPD) investigates and prosecutes professional misconduct in all professions, except medicine (physicians, physician assistants and specialist assistants), licensed under the New York State Education Law. Professional misconduct is the failure of a licensed professional to meet expected standards of practice.
Complaints against New York physicians, physician assistants and special assistants are investigated by The New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC).
Your First Step
If you receive a letter from the OPD investigator, do not ignore it. The best course of action is to immediately consult an attorney who is experienced with the OPD. Call us at The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP.
What Is Professional Misconduct?
Professional misconduct is the failure of a licensed professional to meet expected standards of practice. Professional misconduct includes (but is not limited to):
- Gross incompetence or gross negligence
- Practicing beyond the scope of the profession
- A criminal conviction
- Not maintaining proper records and documentation
- Practicing without a license or permitting others to practice without a license
- Insurance fraud
- Sexual misconduct
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- HIPAA violations
The New York State Board of Regents, which licenses individuals in more than 50 professions defined in the Education Law, is ultimately responsible for the disposition of all disciplinary matters.
How We Can Help
The OPD is not required to inform you of your rights or your options. However, an attorney skilled in the defense of OPD matters will protect your rights in order to prevent a suspension or revocation of your professional license. A skilled OPD defense attorney will further work to minimize the damage in the event of a suspension or revocation of your professional license.
The skilled and experienced team of OPD defense attorneys at The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP, will guide you through every step of the OPD investigative process. We regularly represent nurses, dentists, pharmacists, physical therapists and other professionals in OPD cases.
We Are Here To Help
The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP, attorneys Brian Weidner, Jeff Wieczkowski, Susan Eberle and Kim Cline handle these cases. We represent health care providers and professional licensing clients in all stages of litigation. Contact us to schedule a confidential consultation by calling 716-849-6500. Located in Buffalo, we serve health care providers in Buffalo, Rochester and all of the surrounding New York communities.