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Ronald W. Chapman

Ronald Chapman’s Answers

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  • Has membership or privileges with any type of professional affiliation, organization, or healthcare system ever been limited?

    I am a Family Nurse practitioner in Florida. I am applying for hospital privileges for the first time. I am asked the above question in the hospital/facility application. I entered the IPN program in 2005 and during that time I had some limitati...

    Ronald’s Answer

    From the context of the question I will assume you successfully completed an IPN contract during the relevant period. If so, the inherent difficulty with the question is this: IPN involvement is strictly confidential and is not required to be disclosed to any one for any reason. That said, the Nurse Practice Act requires you to truthfully and honestly answer all questions regarding employment applications, credentialing, etc. Therefore, you are faced with the dilemma of disclosing the restrictions or simply not answering the question. What you cannot do is falsely answer the question by stating, “no”! If you are looking for a favorable credentialing decision, I suggest you fully disclose the narcotic and other limitations within the IPN contract. I would also focus on your successful completion of the IPN contract and that no current restrictions exist. This adds a counter balance to the implied negativity of the restrictions and shows you have the personal stamina and integrity to address these issues and overcome them.

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  • Are there any attorneys who will take a breach of contract case on contingency? This case could recover several hundred thousand

    The buyer of our business has stopped paying us and he terminated my wife's employment contract that was ties to the sale of the business. He did so because he was mad at me. He knows we are in financial trouble and cannot afford a long expensive ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Yes, attorneys do take business and contractual disputes on contingent fee. Often the attorney fee is 40% of the net recovery. The client is always responsible for payment of all litigation costs as they incur; however, the professional fee may be contingent on the recovery. Many attorneys offer free consultations to review your case and discuss fee arrangements.

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  • Do i have a case?

    my daughter is deaf an living in st. augustine fl. she was hit by a train that was behind her, she has a closed brain injury and many other injuries,but is able to live on her own, but its hard for her cuz she has rt hip plate with pins n neck pr...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Unfortunately, there is not enough information here to give you a definite answer but, based on what you’ve said, you probably have a case. Personal injury cases can be very complicated and an attorney would need to thoroughly review details about the accident and your daughter’s injuries in order to determine the strength of your case, if any. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation service and will be able to offer you a more definite answer.

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  • Do I need a Lawyer or can I just contact the Clerk of the Court for information regarding an investigation?

    A home was burglarized, their car had been stolen, the title as well, and the vehicle was sold on Craigslist to someone locally. The "buyer" was contacted about the stolen property and picked me as the person who sold the car to them. Detective...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Unfortunately, the local police have no requirement to proceed expeditiously. They also have not obligation to inform you of anything until they decide to question you or refer the matter to the local prosecutor. In this case, no news is always good news. Hiring an attorney will not really help much.

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  • Ethics

    Can a retained lawyer withhold services requested by their client, because there is an outstanding bill? I have asked my attorney SEVERAL times to please set our child custody case for a final hearing, because my ex and I have been un-able to work...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Under Florida ethical considerations your attorney is not allowed to put his/her financial interests ahead of your interests. On the other hand, the attorney is not required to work for free. If the attorney feels he/she is not being compensated, they can file a motion to withdrawal. Short of this, the attorney cannot prejudice your case because he/she is not being paid. This is not a clear cut case and truly depends on the facts. My advice is to either work it out with your attorney ASAP or seek alternative counsel.

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