Medical Whistleblower Defense Lawyers

Medical Whistleblower Defense Lawyers

Coming forward as a whistleblower can be a frightening and stressful experience. It takes a lot of bravery and conviction to speak out when you have witnessed acts of wrong-doing, but in the medical field, your actions can quite literally save lives to complicate matters, most whistleblowers have serious concerns about retaliation and job security.

While there are now laws in place to help protect whistleblowers in the medical field and beyond, there are situations where the whistleblowers may still be targeted for wrongful termination and other forms of retaliation.

If you are a medical whistleblower who has suffered retaliation and other problematic consequences, it’s vital that you contact an attorney to discuss your case. Texas law protects a range of medical professionals under its whistleblower laws, including nurses, physicians, hospital workers, nursing home workers and many others.

Our Texas law firm has many decades of experience in the field of medical whistleblower defense. This experience that has allowed us to refine the strategies we utilize to bring about a positive and favorable resolution to your case.

If you need help from a medical whistleblower defense lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to request a fully confidential, no-cost case consultation. Call (214) 604-8833.

Common Questions and Concerns Regarding Whistleblower Protections and Retaliation

Medical whistleblower protection laws offer a range of different protections to those who stand up to blow the whistle and bring attention to wrongdoings and injustices in the medical profession.

It’s normal to have lots of questions and concerns, so our legal professionals have compiled an overview with answers to some of the most frequently asked inquiries on this topic.

Who is Covered by Medical Whistleblower Protection Laws in Texas?

Whistleblower protection laws offer protection to many different medical professionals, including:

  • physicians;
  • registered nurses;
  • hospital employees;
  • nursing home employees;
  • hospice and home care employees;
  • mental health center employees; and
  • treatment facility employees, amongst others.

Laws afford protections to individuals who report Medicaid fraud, Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) violations, nursing home neglect or abuse, home healthcare patient exploitation, and other ethical or legal violations in a medical facility. If you are reporting one of these types of violations, then the chances are good that you may be protected under Texas whistleblower laws.

There are some cases where an internal company complaint may not qualify for whistleblower protections. So if you’re considering “blowing the whistle” and are unsure if you’re protected, it’s always wise to consult an attorney who can advise you on how best to proceed.

What’s Considered Whistleblower Retaliation in Texas?

In Texas, whistleblower laws define retaliation as adverse actions, including but not limited to suspension, job termination or other actions that are intended to serve as retaliation for reporting a wrong-doing.

What Type of Compensation Can I Seek in a Whistleblower Retaliation Case?

If you are a whistleblower who was targeted for retaliation such as wrongful termination, our elite legal team may be able to secure compensation and other remedies, including:

  • back pay and wages;
  • benefits;
  • attorney’s fees and court fees;
  • job reinstatement; and
  • compensation for any other losses that you can prove resulted from the act(s) of retaliation.

It’s important to consult an experienced medical whistleblower defense attorney if you have been a victim of retaliation or if you are considering “blowing the whistle” and fear retaliation if you come forward.

How Long Do I Have to Take Action in a Whistleblower Retaliation Case?

Medical Whistleblower Defense LawyersIn Texas, employees are required to report the matter to the appropriate law enforcement agency. They must also exhaust any available grievance process or appeals process before filing suit. The legal claim typically must be filed within 90 days of the violation.

What is Qui Tam Litigation and How is it Related to My Whistleblower Retaliation Case?

Under the Federal Civil False Claims Act, private citizens can file a qui tam claim on behalf of the U.S. government against a corporation or person who is making fraudulent use of government funds. The Act applies to government programs, subcontractors, and public interests groups. If you believe that a hospital, insurance company, or medical group is operating fraudulently, you can come forward as a whistleblower by pursuing qui tam litigation. This is one of the many areas where our law firm can assist.

The current Federal Civil False Claims Act protects whistleblowers from harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination, in addition to providing finances for qui tam cases and imposing higher penalties and fines upon the at-fault party. Additionally, whistleblowers are provided with a portion of the compensation award.

Our Whistleblower Defense Lawyers Offer a Highly Strategic Defense

Medical Whistleblower Defense LawyersIt can be a heartbreaking experience to find yourself facing retaliation – especially in the form of a job loss – because you came forward to blow the whistle and report a harmful or illegal situation at your place of employment. And that says nothing of the financial impact from this type of experience. But the law provides protections to those who come forward to do the right thing and this is precisely where our legal team can assist.

Our whistleblower defense lawyers are not afraid to take on even the most well-known and well-regarded hospitals and medical care facilities. But you must act quickly because the law limits the amount of time you have to take action to find justice!

No two whistleblowing cases are exactly alike, so we strive to provide client-focused representation for each case that we handle. We will do everything in our power to see that justice is served on your behalf. You did the right thing in coming forward and it is our goal to right the wrongs that were committed against you.

Based in Plano, the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass were established by Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass, a lawyer with over 20 years of legal experience. Attorney Grass is also a proud member of the Health Law Section of the Texas State Bar. He is also a former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG) and proudly maintains an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, our legal team has worked hard to earn a reputation as some of the top medical whistleblower defense attorneys in Texas. We invite you to contact our law offices to discuss your case in a free and confidential consultation session. Call (214) 604-8833.

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Deborah

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M. Hyder

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Miranda R.

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Testimonials

There are multiple reasons to count on a good lawyer during our lifetime. For physicians this principle applies not only professionally but also personally. I want to mention your eventual experience with Mr. Jeff Grass, attorney at law. He is quick in revising your concerns regarding hospital administration abuse of physicians, tyranny of peer review committees, frivolity of malpractice law suits and frequent violation of our constitutional rights, not only as doctors but also as citizens. He is a well informed counsel who has a strong military education and experience which helps a great deal to avoid distractions or manipulations of your attackers. He is assertive and brilliant regarding his responses to your detractors. Mr. Grass will give you a straight answer. I highly recommend his law office to defend your constitutional rights that so frequently are violated by patients, lawyers, hospitals, medical boards and the government. Yes, doctors need a good lawyer at their side.

- Mauricio G.

Plano, TX