The role of the chiropractor is to administer treatments that allow patients to heal in a more natural way, without prescriptions or surgical procedures. Their work most often centers around treatment of the back and neck, musculoskeletal injuries, pinched nerves, osteoarthritis, and more. The American Chiropractic Association states that there are around 77,000 chiropractors practicing in the US today, with around 10,000 students currently studying in accredited programs.
Considered to be ‘physician-level providers,’ chiropractors must attain their degrees from four-year doctoral graduate schools, requiring 4,200 hours of work between labs, internships, and classes. Patients in the US have increased their use of chiropractors significantly in the last two decades, with millions making appointments for adjustments and other treatment every year. And while many are very happy with their practitioners, others may file complaints with the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners in hopes of hearing their grievances heard.
The TBCE is composed of nine members appointed by the governor. This Board regulates chiropractors in Texas, and in their responsibility to protect consumers, accepts written complaints. If one has been filed against you, the TBCE will contact the parties who wrote the complaint, evaluate the details, and may begin requesting records. You will be notified, and everyone involved will be apprised of the projected timeframe for the investigation.
You may be feeling a range of emotions and concerns after realizing someone has filed a complaint. Your focus, however, must remain on protecting your license and your career. This is not the time to isolate yourself or go it alone. Upon receiving notification and a copy of the complaint, you should not only plan to respond—but consult with an experienced license defense attorney for help in moving forward as soon as possible.
Writing a response is crucial, as you may run the risk of disciplinary action otherwise, without a chance to defend yourself to the Director of Enforcement. An informal conference may be the next step, or a hearing, after which action is taken in the form of closure, a warning letter, or further action such as fines or sanctions. It is crucial that you have legal assistance if your license is on the line, as your career and livelihood are at stake.
The lawyers at Bertolino LLP know how to carefully research every potential case, and our results speak for themselves. As soon as you are notified that an investigation is being conducted against you, contact the experienced license defense attorneys of Bertolino LLP.
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