You are not alone after you have suffered abuse. Your therapist was supposed to help you, and you never expected this to happen. Maybe you’re afraid that people won’t believe you. Perhaps you don’t see a way out after the incident.
Therapists are supposed to help improve their clients’ mental health and well-being. But when abuse happens in the therapist and client relationship, understand that you have legal options. A Boston therapy abuse lawyer from Jenner Law is ready to help you with your case.
What Is a Therapist’s Role, and What Are the Appropriate Boundaries?
There are different types of therapists and counselors. While they have different scopes of practice, their goal is to help improve people’s mental health and well-being. For example, you might work with a therapist to help you treat depression or anxiety.
Or maybe you have experienced past trauma or abuse. You might see a therapist to help you work through and talk about the trauma so you can successfully move forward. Therapists might also help you through relationship difficulties. Often, you share very personal information with a therapist, which is why trust and morality are so important in this type of relationship.
The relationship between a therapist and a client has a specific dynamic. Therapists must maintain professional boundaries to best help their clients. For example, any sexual relationship between a therapist and a client is inappropriate.
Any sort of physical touch should be platonic and non-sexual. For example, a hug or a handshake would be appropriate forms of physical contact. In addition, therapists maintain other boundaries, like keeping your information confidential and focusing on you and your needs during your sessions.
Any abuse is an extreme breach of professional boundaries.
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What Kind of Abuse Can Happen in the Therapist-Client Relationship?
There are different types of abuse, but the types that can happen in a therapist-client relationship include the following:
- Physical abuse, including actions like hitting, kicking, or slapping
- Verbal abuse, which includes speech that is degrading or humiliating
- Emotional abuse, which includes things like threatening or blaming the victim
- Sexual abuse, which includes any sort of sexual activity to which you do not consent. (Remember, any type of sexual interaction between a therapist and a client is inappropriate. Sexual abuse takes this serious act even further.)
Clients are vulnerable to therapists, and therapists can abuse this power. They may also make their clients think they will not be believed if they come forward.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get in a Boston Therapy Abuse Case?
We can’t give you an exact answer about this. It all depends on the details of your case and what happened in your specific circumstances. When we meet with you, we can give you a rough estimate of how much you might be able to get in compensation.
Like other types of personal injury cases, you may be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering and other non-financial damages. Pursuing legal action can also help ensure the therapist doesn’t abuse other clients. It may also lead to further investigation by law enforcement into other incidents.
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How Can a Therapy Abuse Lawyer Help Me?
Therapy abuse lawyers understand the complexity and difficulty of cases just like yours. They will know what laws apply to your situation and can help you explore all the legal options. Throughout the process, a therapy abuse lawyer can help you in the following areas:
- Review the facts of your case and determine if you can file a lawsuit
- Go over your legal options after experiencing abuse from a therapist
- Estimate how much you may be able to recover in compensation
- Help you gather evidence to support any claims.
- Foster communication between you and any involved parties
- Answer any questions you have throughout the legal process
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How Much does It Cost to Hire a Therapy Abuse Lawyer?
Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed by the idea of hiring an attorney to represent you. We understand this concern, which is why we use a contingency fee structure at Jenner Law.
We take a certain percentage to cover our expenses from the amount you receive. This means that you only pay us if we help you recover compensation. The contingency fee structure allows us to give you legal counsel up front, and you will have time to explore your options without worrying about the financial strain.
Testimonials: What Our Other Clients Say About Working with Us
At Jenner Law, we work with clients who need our services all over the country. We specialize in personal injury cases, including cases of therapy abuse. After working with us, here’s what some of our clients shared with us:
“Absolutely wonderful staff. Each staff member has kept information forthcoming to their clientele. Every step of the litigation process, I was informed in a timely manner. Quality and empathy was given at maximum every second, hour and day. Great Law firm is a understatement there are no words that could ever match their hard work and time!” – Garcia
“Amazing law firm to work with! Anytime I had a question or concern they helped answer my questions immediately! I knew from the moment Rob and his team took on my case they would fight until they won! So grateful for Jenner Law!” – Mandi
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Maybe you are confident you want to move forward with your case, or perhaps you’re not even sure you have a valid claim. You can start with a free consultation with our team. At Jenner Law, we are proud to serve our clients in the Boston area.
Call us today at (888) 585-2188 for your consultation. We are ready to help you every step of the way through your therapy abuse case.