California professional licensing and healthcare attorney Kevin Cauley is dedicated to protecting the rights of physical therapists accused of wrongdoing by the Physical Therapy Board of California. Such accusations can be highly stressful and taxing. If the investigation proceeds to a formal disciplinary action, the effects can damage your career, reputation, and livelihood. Therefore, having an experienced licensing and healthcare attorney present from the case's inception is essential to ensure that you are prepared and equipped to navigate through the process.
With a strong legal team, many investigations can be resolved outside of protracted litigation, providing protection for your license. Kevin Cauley, P.C. will work as a zealous advocate on your behalf to provide you with sound and comprehensive legal representation.
Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBC)
The Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBC)is the agency responsible for licensing and regulating physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in the State of California.
Each year, the Physical Therapy Board of California investigates and takes disciplinary action against numerous licensees. Intervention by an experienced professional licensing attorneywho is knowledgeable in the area of healthcare lawis vital to ensure the protection of your license, livelihood, and reputation. The attorneys at Kevin Cauley, P.C. represent physical therapist licensees and applicants before the PTBC with:
- Stipulated Settlements
- Hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings
- Appearance Before the Physical Therapy Board of California
- Interim Suspension Orders
- Petitions to Revoke Probation
- Statements of Issues
- Petition for Pentaly Relief Reinstatement of License/Modification and/or Termination of Probation
- Reconsideration and Appeals to Superior Court
The Physical Therapy Board of California has the authority to refuse to grant a license or sanction a licensee for a variety of acts of unprofessional conduct, including, but not limited to:
- Criminal convictions substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a licensee
- Alcohol and/or drug dependence or abuse
- Gross negligence
- Fraud in the procurement of a license
- Discipline in another state
- Habitual intemperance or verbal abuse
- Dishonest acts substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a licensee
- Overseeing or permitting unlicensed practice
- Sexual misconduct
Investigations begin with the filing of a complaint, which may be filed by a patient, former patient, member of a patient's family, employee or former employee, mandatory reporting entity, or professional or government group. Licensees are then notified of the complaint and often have a very short period to respond by providing authorizations for the release of records and/or agree to an investigative interview.
If the Physical Therapy Board of California or an investigator contacts you, you should retain legal counsel to assist you immediately. We advise licensees not to attend any meeting, conference, or investigative interview to “tell their side of the story,” without experienced and qualified legal representation. It is also imperative to retain legal counselif the Physical Therapy Board of California sends you an Accusation or Statement of Issues.
In addition to licensing issues, physical therapists may face criminal charges related to alcohol or substance abuse and/or addiction, allegations of sexual misconduct, or insurance/billing issues. Our firm's experience in both professional licensing and criminal defense allows us to effectively defend healthcare professionals in criminal prosecutions for a wide range of crimes related to professional practice.