When a therapist sees a patient, they have an obligation to provide the necessary care without inflicting any additional emotional or psychological damage. However, some therapists act in unethical and exploitative ways. This could include engaging in intimate relationships or engaging in sexual activity with a patient.
Our personal injury lawyers from Jenner Law have helped patients in Massachusetts hold abusive and exploitative mental health professionals accountable. We understand how damaging this can be to patients and want to help. Let us review your case’s facts and offer guidance about your next steps. Contact us now for a free consultation with our team.
Our Massachusetts Lawyer Explains Therapy Abuse
Before we explain the many benefits of partnering with our law firm, we want to explain what constitutes therapy abuse and your options for securing financial justice.
Therapist abuse occurs when a therapist uses the vulnerability of their patient to their advantage, exploiting the feelings of the patient for their own gain. Often, this involves a sexual or intimate relationship or interaction. It is important to know that patients cannot consent to this type of activity because of the doctor-patient relationship.
Ethical Therapists Are Trained to Counter Transference
Patients often feel like they develop a close friendship or intimate relationship with their therapists. This is a phenomenon known as transference. It occurs because of the level of trust and vulnerability required for the patient to discuss deeply hidden secrets and other private topics with their therapist. Therapists are aware of this and are trained on how to handle transference appropriately.
Some therapists do not take the necessary steps and fail to set appropriate boundaries. When they cross professional boundaries, engage in sexual acts, or even have ongoing intimate relationships with their clients, problems occur. This can be an even bigger issue when therapists groom their patients for a romantic relationship and then abandon them. These interactions are never appropriate and could be abusive or exploitative.
You Can Partner With a Lawyer to Hold the Therapist Financially Accountable
When a therapist exploits a patient in this way, the harm caused by therapist abuse can be significant. The patient likely needs additional therapy and support but now has no trust in mental health care professionals. That’s where you benefit from working with our law firm. Jenner Law can create a tailor-made legal strategy that aims to hold the other party accountable for their actions, securing the financial compensation you need to rebuild.
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How Our Massachusetts Therapist Abuse Lawyers Handle These Cases
At Jenner Law, we believe our long list of verdicts and settlements speaks for itself. However, it does not tell the full story. Here are some things to know about entrusting our team with your legal matters:
We Offer Free, Confidential Consultations
We know talking about the therapist abuse you endured is not easy. However, our compassionate legal team handles these cases with the strictest confidentiality. We understand it may be difficult to trust anyone during this difficult time, but you can feel safe in our Massachusetts office and with our team on your side.
You Pay Nothing to Retain Our Law Firm’s Advocacy
We are a contingency-fee law firm. When a client comes to us with their Massachusetts therapist abuse case, we do not charge any upfront fees. We work based on a percentage of the total financial recovery we secure for them. This means we do not get paid until and unless we win the case.
Contact us today for a free review of your case with our team. We will answer questions about our costs and other details during our discussion.
How Can a Massachusetts Therapist Abuse Attorney Help With My Case?
Our personal injury lawyers win cases for our clients by negotiating settlements or filing therapist abuse lawsuits. Regardless of the steps we take to win your case or the potential value of your financial recovery, you can expect our team to take certain steps on your behalf. This includes providing:
- A safe space where you can talk openly to our compassionate legal team
- Strict confidentiality and working discreetly to protect your privacy
- A full investigation of the incident or ongoing abuse
- Careful documentation of your expenses and losses
- Aggressive advocacy for your rights and best interests
When you trust our Massachusetts therapist abuse attorneys with your case, we handle all aspects of it from start to finish. All the while, you can focus on recovering from the pain you endured.
We Gather the Evidence Needed to Bolster Your Personal Injury Claim
The evidence used to document therapist abuse will differ from case to case. Your attorney will identify the available evidence and preserve what they need to build a compelling case. This information could include:
- Your side of the story, usually captured during a deposition or other testimony under oath
- Texts and emails or other record of communication between you and the therapist
- Pictures, social media posts, receipts, and other documentation of an intimate relationship
- Eyewitness statements from others
- Relevant records patient records related to your sessions, such as time, length, and frequency
- Documentation of your related damages
What Damages Can a Massachusetts Therapist Abuse Lawyer Pursue?
When our Massachusetts therapist abuse attorney handles a case, they have one goal: securing financial justice. This requires us to hold the exploitative therapist responsible and recover fair compensation for our client. Documenting the recoverable damages in these cases is not always easy.
There are often significant non-economic damages—emotional distress—in these cases, even when there are no physical injuries and limited economic expenses and losses. Thankfully, our lawyers are familiar with building solid cases and holding unscrupulous therapists responsible.
Our team knows how to identify and document the losses our clients endure, both tangible and intangible. Fair compensation in your case could comprise:
- Current and future medical treatment for mental health concerns
- Ongoing therapy and support from a new therapist
- Medical bills for any related physical injuries
- Lost income due to emotional distress or physical ailments
- Miscellaneous expenses with receipts
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
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Discuss Your Massachusetts Therapist Abuse Case With Our Legal Team for Free
Jenner Law offers free consultations for those hurt by abusive therapists in Massachusetts. We can assess your case’s strength and explain your legal options during this free, confidential conversation with our team. We pursue justice.
Contact us today to learn more.