As a trusted professional, your therapist has a duty to ensure that their treatments and methods are in your best interests. Unfortunately, unscrupulous therapists sometimes take advantage of clients’ trust and vulnerability. If your therapist asks you to do things that serve their personal interests, treats you disrespectfully, or tries to establish a personal or sexual relationship, this may constitute therapy abuse.
At Jenner Law, we understand the complexities of therapist-patient relationships and know all too well the ways that therapists can exploit their patients. If you were abused by a therapist in Duval County, our Jacksonville therapy abuse lawyers are here to help. We will actively pursue justice and compensation for your losses.
We Serve Injured People on a Contingency-Fee Basis
All our therapy abuse lawyers operate on a contingency-fee basis, so you don’t need to pay retainers or hourly rates to secure our services. Instead, we withhold an agreed-upon percentage of your settlement as payment for our help. You don’t owe us anything unless your case comes to a fair resolution.
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What Constitutes Therapy Abuse in Jacksonville, FL?
The dynamic between the therapist and patient can result in transference, per Healthline. Here, the patient may project their feelings onto a therapist. For instance, if a patient struggles with their parental relationships, they may transfer these feelings onto their therapist. This can put patients in a precarious state. However, as trained professionals, therapists must know how to recognize transference and counteract it.
An abusive therapist might engage in the following behaviors:
- Verbally abusing the client with critical or derogatory language
- Physical assault, such as striking, pinching, or scratching
- Emotional manipulation
- Unprofessional touching or violating the client’s personal space
- Sexual or romantic communication, touching, or activity
- Contact with the client outside professional parameters
- Prescribing incorrect or unnecessary treatment
- Cultivating dependency to obtain more income from the client
- Requesting or giving expensive or significant gifts
- Discussing the patient’s personal details with a third party
After trusting a therapist with your personal thoughts and feelings, it can be hard to recognize the signs of abuse or unethical behavior. Yet, if you feel as though your therapist is acting against your best interests, you have legal options.
We’re Ready to Pursue Compensation for Your Injury-Related Losses
Through a successful therapy abuse claim or lawsuit, you could recover:
Medical Expenses Associated with the Abuse
You may have needed to undergo psychiatric treatment or reside in a care facility to overcome the abuse you endured. Your claim or lawsuit could cover those expenses. Compensation could also account for any medications needed to stabilize your mental well-being.
Various Economic Losses
Each instance of therapy abuse differs from the next. For instance, your trauma may have caused you to miss time from work, affecting your income. You may have supported your therapist financially outside of your regular co-pays.
Any economic loss associated with your situation is compensable. To determine what you’re owed, your legal team will evaluate your employment records, medical-related documentation, and other items.
Various Non-Economic Damages
Jenner Law believes that your losses extend outside your monetary expenses; they may extend to your mental health, quality of life, and overall well-being. With our team, you can pursue non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental distress, and other related hardships.
How Much Can You Recover for Therapy Abuse in Jacksonville, Florida?
A therapy abuse attorney with experience in Florida law will know how to evaluate your economic and non-economic damages, so you pursue everything you need.
While we can’t determine your exact settlement right now, you can explore what you can recover during your free case review. You can also explore the merits of partnering with our team and what you can expect from the legal process.
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Questions and Answers About Therapy Abuse Cases in Duval County
We understand that you likely have a lot of questions on your mind as you consider your legal options, such as:
What Happens If My Therapist Contacts Me?
After initiating legal proceedings, your therapist may contact you directly. They might try to get “your side of the story” or convince you to drop the matter. When you partner with a lawyer, you don’t have to communicate with any party involved in your case––including your therapist. We will manage all case-related phone calls, emails, and text messages.
How Long Could It Take to Resolve My Case?
Your lawyer hopes to resolve your case as soon as possible so you can move forward with your life. We will address any obstacles that prevent your case from progressing and challenge any allegations that derail it. If you ever have any questions about your case’s progression, we encourage you to reach out to our team.
What Will My Lawyer Do for Me?
As mentioned, we will do everything possible to recover compensation for your losses. This involves:
- Gathering evidence to support your claim
- Calculating your losses
- Determining the extent of the abuse
- Explaining your legal rights
- Keeping you updated on your case’s progression
- Protecting you from unfair legal tactics
What Therapists Can Commit Therapy Abuse?
All therapists are in a position of power, meaning they can use their influence to take advantage of others. People in this field who can act unethically include:
- Speech therapists
- Family and marriage counselors
- Addiction therapists
- Child psychologists
- Registered nurses
- School psychologists
- Cognitive-behavioral therapists
Each of these professionals must abide by the rules established by the American Psychological Association. The organization prohibits certain behaviors and outlines what’s expected of therapists providing care.
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Reach Out to Jenner Law’s Jacksonville Therapy Abuse Lawyers Today
Jenner Law has more than 30 years of experience advocating for injured parties and their loved ones. If you have experienced therapy abuse and want to explore your financial recovery options, our lawyers in Jacksonville want to hear from you.
To begin your free case review with Jenner Law, call us now.