The Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (TBOTE) regulates the licensing of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in Texas.
The Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners (ECPTOTE) is a State of Texas agency charged with supporting the TBOTE and the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (TBPTE) as they license and regulate qualified practitioners. ECPTOTE is an independent governmental agency that oversees licensed professionals and the facilities where they work.
All complaints filed against a licensee of the OT or PT Boards are investigated by the ECPTOTE.
Defending A Complaint Filed with the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners
When a license complaint is filed with OT Board against a practitioner, a two-person investigation staff will work with the investigation committee to determine the merit of the accusation. If you learn that a complaint has been filed against you, you need an experienced OT defense attorney on your side to defend your reputation and professional license as soon as possible.
The ECPTOTE in its Compact with Texans states that it attempts to resolve all complaints within six months, and most are completed within 90 days. More complex cases may take the ECPTOTE longer to investigate.
A complaint against you means that your professional license and career are at risk. Because all complaints are investigated, it is imperative that you take the complaint seriously and face it head-on from the start. Our firm believes that immediately consulting an experienced Texas professional license defense attorney to review allegations of misconduct helps ensure the most favorable outcome in your case.
Our Firm's Results in Cases Against the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners
The initial responses you make regarding allegations against you are critical. In many cases, well-crafted first responses have the power to get the allegations dismissed from the start. Read about two of our recent cases involving complaints against Texas occupational therapists.
Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners v. S.G.
The TBOTE investigated serious allegations from the father of a six-year old patient (“Patient”), that S.G. purportedly shook the child by the neck in a room full of patients and their families. Our investigation found substantial evidence that the Patient's father exhibited a pattern of volatile behavior, and that S.G. had been explicitly requested to be the only therapist working with the Patient. We further articulated to the Board that S.G.’s twenty-year practice history and professional reputation are wholly at odds with the allegations in the complaint. Apparently, the Board was satisfied with the explanation provided, as the Complaint was dismissed without further proceedings.
The attorneys of BERTOLINO LLP shut down a frivolous complaint at the earliest available opportunity, sparing our client unnecessary emotional toll and legal expenses, and protecting her license.
Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners v. V.G.
The TBOTE investigated an allegation from V.G.’s former employer that he fraudulently billed for services which he purportedly did not render. This was not the case, and we convinced the OT Board of as much, solely through submission of a written rebuttal, which marshaled evidence that the complaint lacked integrity, and contained selective stipulations and omissions. The Board dismissed the complaint without taking any further action.
Our firm secured a dismissal with a single move.
The Right to Defend Your License
Given the possible repercussions of a complaint, it is imperative that you have legal representation at every stage of the complaint process. You have the right to defend your OT license. An experienced license defense attorney can help you craft a response to the allegations that fully conveys your side of the events without risking an admission of guilt.
Hiring an attorney to help you mount a strong defense serves to protect your license, reputation, monetary interests, and your career. It does not make you look guilty.
Hire an Experienced TBOTE License Defense Attorney
If you have been notified of a complaint filed against you with the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners, BERTOLINO LLP can help. We are experienced TBOTE license defense attorneys and we know how to navigate the Board’s complaint process. We are prepared to represent you at any legal hearing or proceeding regarding your professional license. Our results speak for themselves.