You went to a therapist for help. And after the abuse happened, they told you no one would believe you. Experiencing any abuse can be traumatizing. Maybe you feel overwhelmed, but we want you to know you have legal options after experiencing abuse from a therapist.
You are not alone. A Chicago therapy abuse lawyer from Jenner Law is ready to help you with your case. We can help you navigate your next steps during a free consultation.
What Is a Therapist’s Role?
Therapists help their clients work through various mental health problems. For example, you might see a therapist to help you work through past trauma. Or you might see a therapist for help with problems like severe anxiety or depression.
Because of their unique role in improving mental health, therapists are often in sessions with vulnerable people who are sharing personal information. Therapists take this data and then work with their clients to develop improvement strategies.
The therapist-client relationship is one-sided. The focus is on the client, and the therapist is not sharing a lot of personal information. When therapists take advantage of this power structure, it can lead to abuse in the therapist-client relationship.
Therapists need to keep their time with their clients helpful and professional. They do this by maintaining appropriate boundaries.
This includes maintaining reasonable physical distances during sessions, running sessions for a scheduled time, and only engaging in proper uses of touch, such as brief hugs or handshakes. Any kind of sexual relationship between a therapist and a client is unprofessional.
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Abuse: When Therapists Break Professional Boundaries
Even though therapists can help their clients, therapists can abuse their power, and when they do, they abuse their clients. When this happens, it can be more harmful because of the help a therapist is trusted to provide.
There are different types of abuse, and sometimes more than one type can occur at the same time. For example, a therapist might engage in the following types of abuse:
- Psychological abuse: This could include actions that instill fear, threats, or make victims believe no one will help them.
- Financial abuse could include overcharging clients for services or making them feel like they have to give tips or gifts to get treatment.
- Verbal abuse includes saying degrading, humiliating, or insulting things.
- Sexual abuse is any sexual activity that is not consensual. Also, no sexual activity should take place in a therapist-client relationship.
- Physical abuse includes actions that cause physical damage or pain like hitting, punching, or kicking.
While sometimes a therapy abuse situation can lead to a criminal investigation, people can take action through the civil courts as well. With the help of our Chicago therapy abuse lawyer, you might choose to file a therapy abuse lawsuit.
How Much Is My Chicago Therapy Abuse Case Worth?
The exact amount you can get in compensation varies. We have helped clients recover varying compensation amounts in their therapy abuse cases.
When you meet with one of our attorneys, they will go over your case with you. Based on what happened and the evidence available to support it, we can likely give you a rough estimate of what you might be able to get in compensation.
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What Can a Therapy Abuse Lawyer Do for Me?
Therapy abuse lawyers know the specific state and federal laws that apply to your case. Our Chicago therapy abuse lawyer will help you work through the steps of taking legal action and represent you in court.
Should you choose to pursue legal action, an attorney can help you through every part of the process, from helping you gather evidence to communicating with the parties involved on your behalf.
We Must File Your Case by Illinois’ Filing Deadline
Our therapy abuse lawyer serving the Chicago area will also be familiar with any statute of limitations deadlines that apply to your case. You have a limited time to file your injury lawsuit. In Illinois, the deadline is two years, as outlined in 735 ILCS 5/13-202. Our lawyer will help you fill out the appropriate paperwork so that you don’t miss any deadlines. Our attorney will answer your questions and address your concerns throughout the process.
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Can I Afford a Therapy Abuse Lawyer to Represent Me?
You have every right to be concerned about legal fees. At Jenner Law, we use a contingency fee structure. As part of this, we offer a free initial consultation so that you can understand your options before you take any legal action.
Should you decide to continue working with our firm, we won’t charge you unless we help you recover compensation. If that happens, we will take an agreed-upon percentage of your compensation amount to cover any legal fees. This structure gives you the financial freedom to understand your options and receive legal counsel.
Our Clients Share How We’ve Helped Them
We could go on and on about our credentials and how we have helped our clients, but it’s better to let other people do it for us. Here’s what just a few of the people who have worked with us had to say:
“I have known Rob Jenner for over 21 years. Rob is one of the best lawyers I have ever met. It isn’t just because he is great in the courtroom; it’s also because he genuinely cares about his clients. He wants to make a difference in the lives of other people and he fights to obtain justice for his clients. And practicing the law he does, most of the time, he is helping hundreds and even thousands of people in any one case. You cannot go wrong with this firm as your advocate!” – Christian
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Get a Free Consultation Today with Jenner Law
It may be challenging to think about taking legal action after experiencing therapist abuse, but our legal team is here for you. You can start with your initial consultation. During that time, we will go over your options with you so that you can make an informed decision about your therapy abuse case.
We are proud to serve our clients in the Chicago area. Call us today at (888) 585-2188 for your free consultation. We are ready to answer your questions and help you move forward.