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Chiropodist Defence Lawyer for COCOO Professional Misconduct Complaints, Investigations, and Discipline Hearings

Chiropodists aka Podiatrists in Ontario are governed by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario (COCOO) which acts as the province’s regulatory body for the profession. Anyone wanting to refer to themselves as a "Chiropodist", "Podiatrist", "D.Ch." or generally speaking a foot doctor or foot specialist must be licensed by the COCOO. Chiropodists are required to follow all COCOO rules and regulations. Sometimes chiropodists are the subject of complaints of professional misconduct which can lead to compliance investigations and disciplinary action being taken. If any professional misconduct is found or you are determined to be practicing while unlicensed, your career could be put at risk.

The COCOO has the power to investigate potential claims of misconduct that arise from complaints from patients, members of the public, and other chiropodists. Sometimes disciplinary action is taken as a result of criminal charges being laid or upon the completion of a Clinic Inspection that can be conducted at any time. If any professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity is found your designation could be put at risk. This can include mistakes, ethics violations, fraud, elder abuse, sexual misconduct or a lack of mandatory reporting or self-reporting compliance.

Since chiropodists must be authorized by the COCOO to practice, losing COCOO credentials or having restrictions placed on your practice can have a devastating impact on your career and future employability/earning potential.

It is easy to be accused of professional misconduct because filing a complaint with the COCOO is an easy process available to anyone.

It is relatively easy to be subject to a COCOO complaint as the regulator encourages members of the public to submit complaints on their website, see: https://cocoo.on.ca/submit-a-concern/.

Once a complaint is filed the COCOO has a mandate to investigate it. The chiropodist will be asked to provide supporting documentation and allow access to their books and records for analysis. The complaint may then be elevated to a hearing or tribunal to hear evidence, witness testimony, and evaluate whether sanctions are warranted.

Potential penalties resulting from COCOO Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee (ICRC) investigations and clinic/practice inspections

Ontario COCOO discipline hearings, appeals and judicial reviews can have a devastating impact on a chiropodist's career if not handled properly.

The COCOO and their ICRC Committee have broad powers to discipline chiropodists who are found to have violated the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) and the Chiropody Act, such as:
  1. Reprimands, cautions, and warnings
  2. Revoke the chiropodist's Membership Diploma, Membership Card and/or Registration Certificate
  3. Impose terms, limitations or conditions on the chiropodist's Certificate of Registration
  4. Disallowing the chiropodist from clinical practice
  5. Pay fines and restitution for 3rd party losses
  6. Provide funding for sexual abuse counselling
  7. Undertake rehabilitation counseling
  8. Participate in a Specified Continuing Education or Remedial Program (SCERP)
  9. Work under the supervision of other chiropodists
  10. Undergo practice and clinic inspections
  11. Loss of the permission to use any designations related to being a "foot doctor" "Chiropodist", "Podiatrist", "D.Ch.", etc.
  12. Refer the matter to the police for a criminal investigation to take place, particularly in cases where sexual assault or abuse is alleged
COCOO hearings and discipline proceedings are also open to the public meaning the chiropodist’s reputation is put at risk. The result of the proceedings will be published online and may show up in online searches for the chiropodist’s name or practice. Having a history of disciplinary action or complaints can damage the chiropodist’s reputation which can cause them to lose existing patients (or job opportunities) and scare off new ones.

Any investigation by the COCOO is an extremely serious matter that a chiropodist must successfully respond to.

Ignoring the complaint is not an option as chiropodists are required to respond, produce documents, and fully cooperate with the investigation along with any subsequent hearings, tribunals, and appeals. If you or your practice is the subject of a COCOO complaint, investigation, or hearing, it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer to help you respond to and defend the claims being made against you. You may be targeted for something that is standard practice or behaviour that was reasonable in the circumstances.

A lawyer can help you formulate your best possible response to the COCOO which is the first step in having the complaint against you (hopefully) dismissed. This is a process that often requires substantial research of the applicable statutes, regulations and generally accepted podiatric medicine practices along with prior case precedents that may demonstrate you did nothing wrong or that any mistakes, errors, or omissions made do not warrant significant sanctions being placed on you or your practice.

While it is best to obtain legal representation from the beginning of the complaint process, it is also essential that you have legal representation if your matter has already been elevated to a hearing or tribunal, or you need to appeal a decision via a judicial review or action in the court of appeal. Whether you have just been notified that you are the subject of a complaint or your matter has been ongoing for quite some time, give us a call today for assistance and a free no obligation quote.

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*2024 Results: the percentage of 99% of clients avoiding a criminal record (conviction) stated on this page is based solely on Lawyer Mark Zinck's personal representation of approximately 2000 criminal defence case clients as of the year 2024. Past results are not necessarily an indication of future results.


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