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Seven Things To Know When You Receive A Notice Of Investigation From The Department Of Health

Finding a Lawyer Who Takes CPH & Associates Insurance

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

Our firm often gets calls from nurses and other health professionals who retain us to represent them in complaints against their licenses or in professional licensing complaints and investigations. This includes investigation letters from the Florida Department of Health (DOH), D.C. Health or Louisiana State Board.  It also includes notices of hearing, administrative complaints, proposed Consent Orders, emergency restriction orders (EROs), and emergency suspension orders (ESOs). In many cases they had good insurance coverage with CPH & Associates (CPH&A) Insurance, but could not find an attorneys that accepted it or forgot that they had coverage.

Often adverse disciplinary action has already been taken against these nurses. They retain us to appeal or attempt to reverse an adverse disciplinary action against their license, including license revocations.

However, finding legal counsel accepting your liability insurance should not be difficult.  Our firm and its attorneys have accepted CPH&A Insurance, and many others, for years.


Do Not Skimp On Insurance Coverage!

If you have good insurance, it will pay for your legal expenses from the very beginning, so use it.  However, beware of cheap insurance policies from professional associations that don’t cover disciplinary complaints and licensure investigations.  Always check to be sure this is covered. Get it in writing.

Find and Contact an Experienced Health Law Attorney.

You should immediately contact an experienced health law attorney if you are telephoned or visited by any investigator. Or, if you receive a letter advising you that an investigation has been opened regarding your care.  Call immediately for advice before you speak with an investigator or provide any documents or statements.

You cannot and should not seek “legal advice” on what to do from the investigator, a DOH employee, your professional board, or any attorney representing any of them.  They are not your friends.  They are not on your side. Therefore, it would be best if you did not take their advice.

Contact Health Law Attorneys Experienced in Representing Nurses.

The Health Law Firm’s attorneys routinely represent nurses in Board of Nursing investigations and complaints, and Department of Health (DOH) investigations and complaints. We appear before the Board of Nursing in licensing matters and in many other legal matters. We represent nurses across the U.S., not just in Florida, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C.

To contact The Health Law Firm please call (407) 331-6620 or Toll-free (888) 331-6620 and visit our website at www.TheHealthLawFirm.com.

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Suite 1000, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620 or Toll-Free: (888) 331-6620.

Current Open Positions with The Health Law Firm.  The Health Law Firm always seeks qualified individuals interested in health law.  Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area.  If you are a current member of The Florida Bar or a qualified professional who is interested, please forward a cover letter and resume to: [email protected] or fax them to (407) 331-3030.

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