4747.13 Complaints.

(A) Any person who wishes to make a complaint against any person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation licensed pursuant to this chapter shall submit such complaint in writing to the state speech and hearing professionals board within one year from the date of the action or event upon which the complaint is based. The board shall determine whether the charges in the complaint are of a sufficiently serious nature to warrant a hearing before the board to determine whether the license or permit held by the person complained against shall be revoked or suspended. If the board determines that a hearing is warranted, then it shall fix the time and place of such hearing and deliver or cause to have delivered, either in person or by registered mail, at least twenty days before the date of such hearing, an order instructing the licensee complained against of the date, time, and place where the licensee shall appear before the board. Such order shall include a copy of the complaint against the licensee.

The board, and the licensee after receipt of the order and a copy of the complaint made against the licensee, may take depositions in advance of the hearing, provided that each party taking depositions shall give at least five days notice to the other party of the time, date, and place where such depositions shall be taken. Each party shall have the right to attend with counsel the taking of such depositions and may cross-examine the deponent or deponents. Each licensee appearing before the board may be represented by counsel. No person shall have the person's license or permit revoked or suspended without an opportunity to present the person's case at a hearing before the board, and the board shall grant a continuance or adjournment of a hearing date for good cause. Each person whose license or permit is suspended or revoked by the board may appeal such action to the court of common pleas.

(B) The board shall petition the court of common pleas of the county in which a person, firm, partnership, or corporation engages in the sale, practice of dealing in or fitting of hearing aids, advertises or assumes such practice, or engages in training to become a licensed hearing aid dealer or fitter without first being licensed, for an order enjoining any such acts or practices. The court may grant such injunctive relief upon a showing that the respondent named in the petition is engaging in such acts or practices without being licensed under this chapter.

Amended by 132nd General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 49, §130.11, eff. 1/21/2018.

Effective Date: 09-29-1999 .