As a mental health practitioner, your therapist has a responsibility to support your emotional health and well-being. When used properly, psychotherapy can help you cope with stress and grief, as well as mental health issues like depression and anxiety. When a therapist exploits their position of power to harm patients, they can cause the very conditions they’re supposed to treat.
Jenner Law has successfully pursued numerous therapy abuse cases on behalf of clients across the U.S. With decades of collective experience, our attorneys know how to get results. If you or a loved one have experienced therapy abuse, our Indianapolis therapy abuse lawyers are here to help you seek compensation for your losses.
Our Lawyers Are Committed to Your Case’s Outcome
At Jenner Law, we take therapy abuse seriously. We know how hard it can be for victims of abuse to come forward, especially when faced with disbelief or criticism from the therapist or others. Our therapy abuse attorneys have a thorough understanding of emotional transference, power dynamics, and shame.
We’re ready to help you by:
- Offering help on a contingency-fee basis. Our therapy abuse team works on a contingency-fee basis. We will take a percentage from your final settlement as payment for our help – rather than charging hourly rates. If you don’t win a settlement, we don’t get paid.
- Gathering evidence. We need evidence to support your abuse allegations. We may take statements from the therapist’s previous patients, search for any prior complaints filed against the therapist, and consult with field experts.
- Filing your case within the appropriate deadline. In Indiana, you have a limited time to file your case, so it is important to promptly consider your legal options. The amount of time you have to file a lawsuit in Indiana depends on your situation. Cases for professional malpractice, for example, may have a different statute of limitations than personal injury or fraud cases.
- Applying the law to your case. Per 839 Ind. Admin. Code 1-5-5, therapists have a responsibility to make a reasonable effort to advance clients’ welfare. They must act professionally and with the highest level of honesty, integrity, and competence. Therapists who fail to act responsibly regarding their patients’ welfare can lose their license to practice in Indiana and may be sued in civil court for damages.
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Therapy Abuse Takes Many Forms in Indianapolis
Therapists maintain a unique position with their clients. This power dynamic can result in transference, where a patient projects feelings of love and vulnerability onto their
An ethical therapist will recognize these tendencies and work carefully with the client to reduce dependency and maintain a professional working relationship. An unethical therapist, on the other hand, may use the trust and intimacy of the therapist-patient relationship to exploit others.
Some forms that therapy abuse could take in
- Shouting, swearing, or otherwise verbally abusing the patient
- Physical assault, such as hitting, slapping, scratching, or throwing objects at the client
- Insulting, disparaging, or belittling the patient
- Emotional manipulation
- Violating personal boundaries or inappropriate touching
- Breach of confidentiality
- Incorrect or unnecessary treatments
- Misdiagnosis or extending treatment for financial gain
- Giving or requesting expensive gifts
- Romantic, sexual, or personal communication or contact
- Fostering client dependency for personal gain
If you have experienced any of the above behaviors with your therapist, you may be the victim of therapy abuse. Our therapy abuse lawyers serving Indianapolis can manage your case and explore your legal options.
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What Damages Can I Claim in an Indianapolis Therapy Abuse Case?
Therapy abuse cases vary widely, and they can range from financial theft to misdiagnosis to sexual misconduct. Factors such as your age, physical health, duration of abuse, and damages’ value can affect how much you can recover.
Depending on the circumstances under which the abuse occurred, you could claim economic damages, such as:
- Hospital bills
- Therapy bills
- Solicited gifts
- Your lost wages
In addition, the state of Indiana allows you to seek compensation for non-economic damages, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental trauma
After reviewing your situation, we may pursue additional losses than those on this list. You can trust that with Jenner Law on your side, we will fight for every dollar you’re owed.
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Who Could Be Responsible for My Damages?
Even though you suffered harm because of an unethical therapist, you could hold multiple parties accountable for your losses. For instance, imagine that you sought help at a psychiatric hospital, where a therapist abused you. Here, you could sue the therapist for their actions and the psychiatric hospital for hiring that therapist in the first place.
Other liable parties in your case could include:
- A school’s administration that hired an abusive speech or behavioral therapist
- The owner of a private practice, if they allowed an abusive therapist on their staff
- An individual healthcare professional
You can learn more about liability during your free case review. We’re also prepared to answer other questions you may have, including what you can expect from the claims process.
Jenner Law Is Ready to Listen to Your Story Now
When you bring your case to Jenner Law, you can rest easy knowing that we will provide you with a straightforward analysis. If we decide to work together, our legal team will compile evidence, obtain witness statements, and seek expert testimony to establish your case’s validity. Armed with this information, we will pursue your right to just compensation.
Contact our Indiana therapy abuse attorneys today for a free case evaluation. Our legal team will examine your claim and help you decide on your next steps now.