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Dealing With the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE)

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In Texas, licensed chiropractors are regulated by the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE). As a chiropractor, you’ve dedicated your career to helping your patients heal, and finding out you are under investigation by the Board puts that entire mission at risk. That’s why it’s so important to contact an experienced medical license defense attorney right away. The attorneys at Bertolino LLP understand the Board’s process, and we know how to help you.

Understanding what the Board does to investigate chiropractors

The Texas Board of Chiropractor Examiners has the legal authority to investigate violations of the Texas Chiropractic Act and take appropriate disciplinary action in response. Notably, the Board handles only allegations of professional misconduct, such as failure to meet standards of care, and does not adjudicate matters such as customer service issues or fee disputes. As such, when a complaint is received, the Board will first conduct a preliminary review and investigation to determine whether the alleged issue falls under its jurisdiction. While you may be notified during this initial investigation, the Board is not required to do so.

If the TBCE determines that the allegations against you do in fact fall under its jurisdiction, a formal investigation will be opened and you will be notified that a complaint has been made against your license. At that stage, you have a brief window of time to respond to the allegations. Depending on the result of the investigation, you may be invited to participate in an informal conference, where you have the opportunity to show compliance with the Chiropractic Act. This is also an opportunity to negotiate a resolution with the Board. However, if a resolution cannot be reached, the next stage is a formal administrative hearing.

If your case proceeds to a formal hearing, you and the Board will go before an administrative law judge (ALJ) at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). The ALJ will then issue a proposed decision on the matter. However, the ALJ’s ruling is not binding – the TBCE has the authority to accept or modify the order and make the final decision on any disciplinary action. Your only recourse after the SOAH hearing is to appeal the case to district court in Travis County.

Don’t go before the Board alone. We can help.

The stakes are high if you’re facing disciplinary action from the TBCE, and you may be at a significant advantage if you go it alone. That’s why it’s so critical that you contact an experienced license defense attorney right away. We can help with every stage in the process, from preparing your initial response to the allegations to representing you at hearings and appeals. Our firm has a long history of securing dismissals and negotiating favorable outcomes for licensed medical professionals in Austin and throughout Texas.

If you’re facing disciplinary action from the Board, don’t procrastinate. Bertolino LLP can help you build a strong defense and fight to protect your career.

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