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Experienced Optometrist Lawyers

Koziebrocki Law’s team of optometrist lawyers assist optometrists facing regulatory issues at the College of Optometrists of Ontario (“COO”). We provide professional legal services to defend optometrists against investigations, complaints, and disciplinary proceedings.

Whether you need to defend your optometry practice against claims of professional misconduct or appeal a decision from the COO, our optometrist lawyers will provide the counsel and expertise needed to resolve the matter with discretion.

COO Complaints & Optometrists

We help optometrists respond to complaints at the COO. Our practice includes ensuring that written responses to optometry complaints demonstrate that appropriate action has been taken to ensure that all issues of concern have been corrected.

As experienced lawyers for optometrists in Toronto and across Ontario, we work to ensure that responses are sufficiently detailed and include complete patient records, including communication notes, x-ray logs, x-rays, invoices, and electronic record audit trails that comply with the COO.

How Our Optometrist Lawyers Assist Optometrists

Our team of defence optometrist lawyers will assist optometrists with various regulatory matters, including the following:

  • Responding to various inquiries at the College of Optometrists of Ontario, including drafting responses to patient complaints, which are reviewed by the Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee (“ICRC”) at the College;
  • Defending optometrists at discipline hearings in Toronto and across Ontario;
  • Assisting optometrists in registration applications;
  • Representing optometrists in appeals before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (“HPARB”) (e.g., where a decision of the ICRC has been made);
  • Reporting past history, including criminal charges and findings of guilt, to the College of Optometrists of Ontario;
  • Advising optometrists on issues related to the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Optometry Act, 1991, as well as the Optometric Reference Guide; and
  • Advising optometrists in Toronto and across Ontario on other practice issues that may arise, including employment and contractual issues, practicing with opticians, mandatory reporting requirements, and Internet dispensing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Optometrist Lawyers

What is an optometrist lawyer?

An optometrist lawyer is a defence lawyer that represents optometrists and their practices. They provide expert legal counsel to optometrists facing complaints, investigations, or disciplinary hearings.

An optometrist lawyer in Toronto and Ontario will utilize their industry expertise and knowledge of the COO to represent their client against allegations.

When may I need an optometrist lawyer?

Hiring a lawyer for optometrists in Toronto and Ontario is necessary when an optometrist faces charges. If a patient files a complaint through the COO, they must have legal representation to help defend the claim and protect their practice. An optometrist lawyer is essential when claims have been made against the defendant, including misconduct, breach of contract, billing and insurance discrepancies, and inaccurate patient reporting.

At Koziebrocki Law, we are a team of experienced lawyers for optometrists who defend certified optometrists against claims. We advise our clients on how to proceed based on the claims against them and help them craft appropriate responses to the COO and their investigative committee.

We provide quality defence at every stage of the process, from depositions to disciplinary hearings. Our team is committed to protecting your practice and your reputation.

What is the College of Optometrists of Ontario?

The College of Optometrists of Ontario (“COO”) is the self-regulatory governing body responsible for licensing and governing optometrists in Toronto and Ontario. Their council serves as its board of directors and is responsible for making decisions and drafting policies that are in the best interest of the public and meet current legislation.

How to respond to a complaint to the College of Optometrists of Ontario

If a complaint is brought forth by the COO, the defendant will first hire lawyers for optometrists to represent them before the committee. They will act as legal counsel and communicate directly with the investigator on their client’s behalf.

The process of resolving a complaint begins with written notification from the College, detailing the complaint and, if necessary, prior complaint history. In certain cases, an interview with the defendant may be requested by the investigator, and their lawyer will be on hand to ensure a fair and efficient process.

In most cases, however, a written response is the appropriate next step. This response should include details of the care provided, any complexities involved, and any relevant patient records or X-rays that can help prove the service in question was completed accurately.

The investigator will review all submitted documents before their final verdict, which can range from no action taken to a referral to the disciplinary committee. Defendants are entitled to review the ICRC’s (Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee) decision and, if necessary, can file for an appeal with their optometrist lawyer.

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Reviewing Decisions of the College of Optometrists of Ontario at the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB)

The Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee (“ICRC”) of the College of Optometrists of Ontario is responsible for dealing with formal complaints against optometrists. While the process may end with the ICRC’s decision, optometrists and complainants may both request a review before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (“HPARB”). Based on our experience at HPARB proceedings, here is a brief overview of the review process.

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