Health Professionals and Regulatory Proceedings
We specialize in representing regulated and unregulated health professionals accused of misconduct or/ and negligence at all stages of the proceedings. Such proceedings are initiated either via a patient’s complaint or because of a professional audit by a regulatory body. It is vital to receive expert legal advice right away when you are first notified of a complaint. Most Error & Omission Insurance policies allow professionals to retain counsel of their own choice. We will not just take on your matter and but also work hard to have your insurer accept the Claim and cover your legal expenses.
Experience shows the sooner you engage the assistance of a qualified lawyer, the less likely it is that allegations will progress to a formal hearing. Should your case proceed past the investigation and screening stage or beyond an Inquires, Investigation and Report Committee, effective representation at any subsequent step is indispensable.
If you have been notified of a complaint or / and your regulatory body has commenced an investigation into the standards of your practice, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist.
This type of service we provide to health professionals in independent practice. Our goal is to ensure practitioner’s compliance with all aspects of professional, federal and provincial laws and regulations re all aspects of the professional’s practice.
We act for health professionals who are investigated by their employers for alleged violations of various standards of practice. We assist non-Unionized as well as Unionized employees. Disciplinary investigations are often the first step that employers take in dealing with allegations of professional misconduct. Many employees mistakenly believe that all they need to do is to tell their side of the story for the allegations to go away. However, this is seldom the case. There are many legal and policy considerations that play into an employer’s decision on how to deal with the allegations and hence employees’ responses must be carefully structured to avoid disciplinary measures taken against them. In many cases once the employer makes a finding of misconduct the latter must be reported to the employee’s professional college. That in turns leads to allegations under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, S.O. 1991, c. 18 and investigations by the College. Hence it is crucial for legal counsel to be involved already at the stage of disciplinary investigations at the workplace.
Complaints against Lawyers and Paralegals
We also act on behalf of lawyers and paralegals who have been served with a complaint by the Law Society of Ontario. Please contact us right away upon receipt of the Law Society Correspondence and book your initial consultation.