Therapists are mental health professionals we go to for help and counsel. We trust them with personal information and expect them to help guide us as toward optimal mental health and well-being. But some therapists abuse their power, and this breach of trust is serious. It also may be cause for legal action.
If you have experienced abuse during a therapist visit in Columbus, you could file a therapy abuse lawsuit. You don’t have to handle legal action on your own. A Columbus therapy abuse lawyer from Jenner Law is ready to help you with your case. We offer an initial free consultation to help you review your legal options.
How does the Therapist-Client Relationship Work?
Therapists offer counsel to their clients and help them develop an awareness and tools they can use to identify and work through their challenges. They listen as clients explain their problems and then work with them to develop treatment strategies that help improve their overall mental health.
People visit therapists for help with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or depression, among other mental disorders. They can also see a therapist to work through and heal from past trauma or abuse.
Keeping Professional Boundaries in Place
A therapist-client relationship is different from a friendship. In friendships, both people share and help each other. In a therapist-client relationship, the therapist helps the client and focuses on the client’s problems.
To best help their clients, therapists need to maintain professional boundaries. They also must keep appropriate physical limitations, such as using brief physical touch and operating sessions during regular business hours. Because clients often share very personal information, therapists must keep client information confidential.
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What Types of Abuse Can Happen in the Therapist-Client Relationship?
There are different kinds of abuse, and more than one type can happen in a relationship between a therapist and their client. It is essential to keep in mind that abuse is more than just actions that cause physical pain or injury. Any physical abuse like hitting, kicking, or slapping is serious. Still, other abuses can cause extreme mental and emotional trauma.
For example, verbal abuse would include a therapist insulting you or degrading you with their words. Psychological abuse would consist of actions like threatening you or making you feel afraid to talk about your interactions with them. A therapist might also abuse you emotionally, such as by blaming you or ignoring you.
Sexual abuse can also occur. This kind of abuse includes any sexual activity that is not consensual. But it is important to remember that any sexual relationship between a therapist and a client is considered unprofessional and inappropriate.
How Much Can I Recover in a Therapy Abuse Lawsuit?
Like other personal injury cases, you may be able to receive compensation to cover costs related to the abuse and the pain and suffering you experienced.
The exact amount you can get will depend on your situation. When you meet with us for an initial consultation, we will go over your case. We can likely give you an estimate of how much you can get in compensation from there. But we won’t know an exact dollar amount until after your case is complete.
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How Would Consulting with a Therapy Abuse Lawyer Help?
Maybe you’re not even sure if you have a valid case against your therapist. Perhaps you’re overwhelmed and not sure what to do next. We can help you with this concern. During your initial consultation, we will review your case to determine if you can file a Columbus therapy abuse lawsuit.
From there, you can decide what legal action you want to take. If you become our client, our Columbus therapy abuse lawyer will work with you every step of the way, from gathering and filing your case’s paperwork to communicating with other parties for you. We will keep your case on track and ensure you don’t miss any deadlines for filing a lawsuit. Per Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10, you have two years to file a lawsuit in your Columbus therapy abuse case.
We will answer your questions throughout to help make the legal process go as smoothly as possible for you.
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Costs of Hiring a Therapy Abuse Attorney in Columbus
We use a contingency fee structure at Jenner Law. We don’t get a payout unless you get one, too, so you don’t have to worry about upfront legal fees. We believe that providing clients with information helps them take the right legal action. We don’t want legal costs to keep you from getting appropriate legal counsel.
If we represent you and recover compensation in your case, our payment will be a percentage of this amount, which will cover our legal fees. We will review this agreement with you to make sure you understand and are comfortable with its terms.
Clients Share Testimonials About Our Law Firm
At Jenner Law, we help various clients with their personal injury cases. One of the areas we focus on is therapy abuse cases. Many of our clients have been highly satisfied after working with us. Here’s what Mariaz had to say in their review:
“Jenner Law, P.C. went through this whole process with me keeping me informed every step of the way. They were very patient with while I was putting together all my paperwork and documents needed to support my case, specially Helen Gwynne who sent me so many emails to follow up with me as well as calls. I know how busy a law firm can be but they were very supportive all the way through. Thanks so much I appreciated! You are the best and I would recommend you to anyone.” – Mariaz
Jenner Law Is Ready to Help You: Call Us for a Free Consultation Today
At Jenner Law, we are proud to serve our clients in the Columbus area, and we are ready to help you with your case. We go through everything with you and answer your questions so that you make an informed decision about your future.
Call us today at (888) 585-2188 for your free consultation.