In January of 2023, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) suspended Kebba Njie's certified nursing assistant license after receiving complaints that he had sexually assaulted a patient while providing care to her. More than six months later, Njie's license was reinstated after RIDOH concluded there was insufficient evidence to prove unprofessional conduct.
Njie should not have had to suffer through six months of investigations, questioning, and embarrassment only to find out what he already knew: he was innocent.
Working with an attorney is the best way to ensure you do not suffer a similar scenario after being falsely accused. The Lento Law Firm Professional Defense Team knows how difficult and confusing these proceedings can be. As such, they will work tirelessly to ensure your due process rights are not only upheld but that you are not forced to endure unnecessary hardships along the way.
Accusations and Suspension Cause Significant Hardships
Though his name has finally been cleared, Njie has stated in recent interviews that the entire ordeal took a toll on him. Like many immigrants, Njie does not just work to provide for himself; he also provides for his mother back home in Gambia. But without the ability to work while the disciplinary proceedings were pending, he not only had to max out his accounts and credit cards to pay his rent and legal fees, but he was also unable to support his family.
Now that his license has been reinstated, he is happy to start working again and hopes this will not happen to anyone else.
How an Attorney Can Help
Many allegations against CNAs turn out to be baseless and made out of spite or malice. Unfortunately, the Rhode Island Department of Health is keen to adjudicate any complaint that comes their way and sometimes punishes them prior to completing a full investigation into the complaint. In this case, the complaint against Njie had no evidence to back it up and was ultimately dropped, but not before taking away Njie's livelihood first.
In the United States, we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. But here, and in many other cases involving nursing licenses, medical professionals are punished without due process. Due process varies by state and circumstance, but it always includes the right to defend yourself, the right to face your accuser, and the right to counsel.
If you or someone you love has been accused of misconduct and had your license suspended or revoked without the opportunity to defend yourself, the Lento Law Firm Professional Defense Team can help. We have years of experience helping healthcare professionals successfully defend themselves in front of their licensing authority. We will work tirelessly to have this matter resolved efficiently and quickly.