Illinois physician loses license in case involving patient death

Michael V. Favia & Associates handles Illinois professional licensing matters. Principal attorney, Michael V. Favia and his group of highly experienced attorneys and investigators, who previously worked for the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, renamed the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) in 2004. In Illinois, several professions are regulated by the state. IDFPR is an executive agency regulating banks, financial institutions, real estate agents, insurance firms, and insurance agents. The IDFPR qualifications of self-regulating professions including lawyers and physicians.

IDFPR and attorneys who practice in professional licensing help balance the interests of the professionals licensed to practice their craft and the public affected by the conduct of professionals.

Madison County Physician Loses License for One Year   Failed to report child abuse to state authorities
Madison County Physician Loses License for One Year.
Failed to report child abuse to state authorities.

An a recent press release the IDFPR announced the reinstatement of one year suspension of a Madison County physician for failure to report child abuse to state authorities. The original order of suspension was issued December 1, 2011 and the current suspension began June 3, 2013. This example illustrates that the IDFPR takes professional licensing seriously and works to protect the people of the State of Illinois and visitors from professional who fail to follow the law and mandates the regulated professionals must agree to follow.

In this case, the disciplined physician’s patient, a child, died. The IDFPR press release states: “The patient was a two year old boy who was treated in September, 2007 for multiple bruises and possible human bite marks at the emergency room at St. Anthony’s hospital in Alton. Dr. Malur was aware that child abuse was suspected and was aware that child abuse was suspected and was asked by a Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) if there were any concerns about the child’s care. Dr. Malur responded that she had no concerns about the child’s care. On December 18, 2007, the child was again brought to Dr. Malur’s office for what was diagnosed as a fractured sternum. On December 28, 2007, the child died. The autopsy found that in addition to the fracture sternum, multiple bruises, burns and other evidence of possible abuse were found. The cause of death was determined to be a blunt head trauma and deemed to be a homicide.” IDFPR press release.See also the local news report.

Not all cases reviewed by the IDFPR are as extreme as our instant example involving child abuse and death. Complaints and reports of alleged professional misconduct can arise, with action taken by the IDFPR, even when the professional is cleared of all allegations of wrongdoing.

If you are regulated by the IDFPR and need advice on what to do if you learn of an inquiry regarding your practice, don’t panic; Michael V. Favia & Associates offers tips on dealing with the IDFPR located on their Illinois Licensing website. From the website you can also submit your name and email to receive a more detailed article titled, “Summary of the Disciplinary Process and 10 Tips for Responding to an IDFPR Inquiry.”

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