The therapeutic process involves a great deal of trust. At their best, therapists are great advocates for their patients. Yet, when that trust is taken advantage of, and a patient is sexually abused, the damage inflicted can last a lifetime. Survivors are often at a loss for what to do when this happens, especially when the abuse comes from an authority figure.
Here at Jenner Law, we’ve helped many clients through their trauma, helping to hold perpetrators accountable, recover damages for survivors, and work toward healing. Our Florida therapist sexual abuse lawyers provide a safe space and work with you through every step of the claims process, from interviewing witnesses to preparing your case for trial.
We Help Sexual Abuse Survivors on a Contingency-Fee Basis
Hiring a lawyer may seem financially out of reach. Yet, with Jenner Law, you don’t have to worry about money, as we operate on a contingency-fee basis.
Simply put, you only pay us if we win. You don’t need to worry about any upfront fees, and your attorney’s payment comes from your settlement.
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Why Should I Hire a Florida Therapist Sexual Abuse Lawyer?
You shouldn’t have to deal with everything alone. A therapist sexual abuse attorney from our firm can help get your life back. Here’s what you can expect when you partner with us:
Our Client-Centered Firm Has Experience Managing These Cases
Here at Jenner Law, we know the importance of excellent representation. Our team of attorneys has decades of combined experience handling cases of all types and sizes. We know that when it comes to therapist sexual abuse cases, our clients want an advocate as well as an attorney, and we pride ourselves on being both. We have the experience, skill, and empathy needed to tell your story.
Your Lawyer Will Listen to Your Story and Build Your Case
Perpetrators count on the silence of others. So, coming forward with your story could empower others to share their experiences, as well. It’s also the first step in seeking restitution for your challenges.
Your attorney will give you a safe space to share your story while also gleaning important information. They’ll also interview witnesses and conduct an investigation so that your case is as strong as possible.
We Build Your Therapist Sexual Abuse Case Using Evidence
Your attorney can hold the perpetrator accountable by working alongside law enforcement, who may have filed charges against the therapist. They can also investigate other aspects of your case and find evidence to support it.
Information that could bolster your claim includes:
- Any previous allegations against the therapist
- Screenshots of inappropriate emails or text messages
- Statements from field consultants, such as healthcare providers
- Admissions made by the other party
- The results of any background checks
With supporting evidence, we aim to show that because your therapist perpetrated sexual abuse, you deserve financial justice.
We Follow All Civil Deadlines
The state imposes filing deadlines on civil sexual abuse cases. It’s imperative that we follow these deadlines; missing them could result in your case’s dismissal. You don’t have to stress about complying with legal deadlines. We will manage each of them, so you can focus on healing.
Your Lawyer Will Bring Your Case to Trial and Seek Justice
Once you’ve shared your story with your attorney, they’ll take the evidence gathered and use any testimony to identify your recoverable damages. They will then prepare a claim and keep you updated about its progression.
Many people in your situation ask: “Will my case go to court?” The answer truly depends on your situation. If we can negotiate a settlement, then you could resolve your case that way. If not, our trial-ready lawyers have no problem representing you in court.
We Advocate for Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Florida
All therapists must abide by standards of care and professionalism. Those who don’t may suffer professional sanctions, have their license revoked, and even face criminal consequences.
Given the inherent power imbalance between practitioners and patients, patients can all too easily find themselves in a vulnerable position with their therapist. They could even engage in transference, which is taking a romantic or at least a familial interest in their therapist.
As a result, the therapist might partake in countertransference, which is when they take out trauma they have yet to resolve on their client. This can lead to different types of abuse, including sexual abuse or grooming.
It’s vital for the well-being of every patient that a therapist adheres to certain boundaries while administering care. Some of these boundaries include things like:
- Avoiding any and all physical contact beyond a handshake or a consensual, non-sexual hug
- Only holding sessions in the therapist’s office (no sessions in intimate settings)
- Refraining from speaking about inappropriate or intimate information (therapist to patient divulging)
- No advances, flirting, or sexual behavior of any kind
The therapist should address any transference and countertransference immediately. That way, they can avoid crossing boundaries and committing sexual abuse. If you’ve suffered any abuse in or beyond the list above, Jenner Law stands ready to help you.
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Damages You Could Recover in a Florida Sexual Abuse Case
Depending on the circumstances of the sexual abuse you endured, you may be entitled to collect compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Reduced quality of life
- Long-term treatment for PTSD and trauma
Your attorney may discover that you may pursue other damages we haven’t mentioned here.
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What You Can Expect During Your Free Case Review
You may have concerns about sharing your story with us, especially if you’ve only shared your experience with a few people. During your free case review, we want you to share what you’re comfortable with. We don’t want you to feel any pressure to divulge any information beyond basic details.
We hold our case reviews in strict confidence. This means no one ever has to know you spoke with us about your legal options unless you tell them, of course. We want you to feel empowered to make decisions that suit your situation.
Our Florida Therapist Sexual Abuse Lawyers Are Here for You
If you’re the survivor of therapist sexual abuse, you are not alone. Speaking with our attorneys is always free and confidential, and we want to hear your story. Our dedicated team of professionals is here and ready to help. Get in touch today and learn more.