Mental health professionals have to follow certain rules when they treat vulnerable patients. Should they overstep their boundaries—and even abuse their clients—they should be held to account for their behavior.
If a therapist misused their position of authority and committed abuse, a Houston therapy abuse lawyer with Jenner Law could help you seek financial compensation for the harm you suffered.
Types of Therapy Abuse
Many people who work in the therapy field have the best interest of their clients or patients. Unfortunately, some professionals misuse their position of authority, treat patients inappropriately, or take advantage of the individual’s vulnerability. These actions could be grounds for a therapy abuse claim.
When a therapist has any type of sexual relationship with a patient, they have likely violated the law, as well as the rules of conduct that govern their profession. Because having sexual relations with a patient violates those regulations, there is no such thing as a consensual sexual relationship between a patient and a mental health professional. However, romantic relationships are not the only ways a therapist might act inappropriately.
Here are some other examples of things that can be therapy misconduct:
- Asking about a client’s sexual history
- Touching a client inappropriately or sitting too close to them
- Invasion of privacy
- Psychological abuse
- Physical abuse
- Financial exploitation
- Abuse of transference
- Implanting false memories
- Breach of professional ethics
- Improper prescription of drugs and other substances
Other Possible Responsible Parties in a Therapy Abuse Case
Those examples of therapist misconduct apply to the individual who commits those acts. Sometimes, another party can be liable for the actions of the professional who is guilty of therapy abuse.
Hiring incompetent staff or care providers who do not have the required credentials or training can subject a healthcare provider or organization to liability. Also, if the employer does not use proper hiring protocols, like performing sufficient background checks, the employer can face liability.
Finally, the healthcare provider or organization should establish and follow procedures to guarantee appropriate supervision and prompt responses when they know or should know about a problem.
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We do Not Charge Upfront Legal Fees on Therapy Abuse Claims
We handle personal injury cases, like therapy abuse, on a contingency-fee basis. With this type of fee arrangement, you do not pay us any upfront or out-of-pocket legal fees. We will work on your therapy abuse case and wait until the end of the matter to get paid.
At that point, we receive a portion of the settlement proceeds or jury award as our legal fees. We do not get paid unless you win.
The Settlement Value of a Therapist Abuse Claim
Every therapy abuse case is different, so we cannot say how much you might receive from your claim until after we talk to you and investigate the situation. There is no typical amount of compensation in these cases. The types and amount of damages you could recover will depend on the facts of your case.
Here are some examples of the kinds of money damages we have won for our clients:
- Past and future medical bills: If you needed medical treatment as a result of the therapy abuse you experienced, we can include the reasonable cost of that treatment in your therapy abuse injury claim.
- Lost income: If you missed time from work because of the harm you suffered and did not get paid your usual income during that time, you could recover lost wages, salary, self-employment, and other forms of regular income.
- Lost earning potential: If you cannot make as much money as before because of the harm you suffered at the hands of your therapist, you might be able to seek damages for your future lost wages.
- Pain and suffering: Being the victim of therapy abuse can involve physical discomfort and psychological distress.
If your close relative died because of therapist abuse, we might be able to pursue additional compensation on behalf of the legal beneficiaries. Also, you might have other losses that could get included in your therapist abuse injury claim.
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There Are Deadlines for Taking Legal Action for Therapist Misconduct
The law imposes deadlines for taking legal action for the harm you suffered at the hands of a therapist. Sometimes, we have to go through administrative processes before filing a lawsuit in court. The time limit for some administrative complaints can be as short as several months.
If you miss the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit, you could get barred forever from holding the liable party financially responsible. However, if you get an attorney with our firm involved in your case early, we can work to ensure you meet all corresponding deadlines.
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How We Treat Our Therapy Abuse Clients
When you have a therapy abuse lawyer on our team serving Houston advocate for you, they will:
- Gather evidence
- Take witness statements
- Communicate with respective parties
- Lead your settlement negotiations
- Quantify your damages
- Represent in a trial, if necessary
You can count on your attorney to answer all of your questions, keep you updated on your case, and respond to your phone calls and emails. We put our clients first here at Jenner Law. Look at what some of our former clients had to say about partnering with us:
“The people here are very polite and they take the time to speak with me and answer all my questions.” — Candy H.
“Great law firm.”— Treleane S.
“Highly Recommended! Great communication throughout each step in the process. Frequent updates provided. Questions were answered within a days time. Explanations were clear and concise. Professional and friendly staff.” — Dena S.
How to Get Help with Your Houston Therapy Abuse Case
At Jenner Law, we make it easy for you to find out how we can help you. We offer a free initial consultation with no obligation. You can reach out to us today at (888) 585-2188 to get started.