All therapists know that clients come to them in vulnerable states. To take advantage of this trust crosses the line.
If you survived sexual abuse at the hands of your therapist, you deserve justice and compensation for your hardships. A North Carolina therapist sexual abuse lawyer from Jenner Law can hold the at-fault party accountable for your losses. We offer free case reviews where today, at no obligation, you can meet our team.
How Our North Carolina Therapist Sexual Abuse Attorney Can Help You
Your therapist betrayed your trust. We understand that this trauma may prevent you from fully trusting a professional ever again. We want you to rest assured that we’re here to protect you during this challenging time. Jenner Law can handle your case, combat complications, and seek compensation.
Here is what you can expect from a North Carolina sexual abuse lawyer from our team:
We Will Listen to Your Story
We are mindful of the fact that you might be uncomfortable about telling us what happened. Also, your therapist might have conditioned you to believe that you consented to their actions. We want to know as much as you’re comfortable sharing about your situation. This allows us to strategize and build a case that reflects your hardships.
We Will Treat You With Respect and Kindness
We will not patronize you or minimize the gravity of what happened to you. We want you to feel empowered to make decisions that benefit your situation.
We Gather Evidence to Support Your Case
We will interview witnesses, obtain documents and other forms of evidence, and build your case against your therapist.
We Will Honor Your Confidentiality
You will not have to communicate with the other party when you become our client. The other side is not allowed to contact you directly when you have a lawyer. We manage all communications with insurance providers, witnesses, and any other involved party.
We Determine Liability for Your Losses
We examine your case’s evidence to determine who should pay for your losses. A therapist might be a self-employed practitioner, in which case, that individual could be liable for their own misconduct. Sometimes, people receive therapy through someone employed by a company or by an institution or organization. Those entities could be liable in addition to the individual therapist.
In some situations, an employer can be liable for the misconduct of their workers. Also, institutions or organizations that allowed the abuse to occur or failed to prevent the abuse from happening could have some liability for the therapist’s actions.
This is just a quick summary of the many tasks we perform for our clients. After we talk to you and investigate your situation, we will determine what other tasks your case requires.
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How Sexual Abuse Can Occur During the Treatment Process
With clients opening up and sharing intimate details of their lives, an imbalance of power between the therapist and client is bound to happen. It’s also normal for transference to occur. This is when the client starts to think of the therapist as a friend or partner. In response, the therapist may project their emotions or even trauma onto their client. This behavior is known as countertransference.
Therapists have the training and education to identify and resolve transference and countertransference. However, some don’t apply these tools and end up exploiting their client. For example, they could engage in inappropriate touching, encourage dependency, plan to meet their client outside the office or during normal business hours, and cross physical and emotional boundaries. This is all part of grooming for a romantic relationship.
Sexual abuse could arise from all these behaviors. If you suffered from this mistreatment, you could have legal options.
Potential Damages in Therapist Sexual Abuse Cases
A therapist sexual abuse case is different from other types of personal injury claims. We understand that the most important thing to many of our clients is getting justice and holding the other party accountable for their actions. Getting taken advantage of by a professional in whom you placed your trust causes harm on multiple levels.
We know nothing can atone for what you went through. Still, we offer a helping hand in seeking compensation for your losses, which may include:
- Medical bills. Our team will fight for compensation for all medical bills that stemmed from the abuse, such as expenses from having to deal with the emotional trauma of the sexual abuse.
- Pain and suffering. This compensation accounts for the physical, emotional, and psychological effects of experiencing sexual abuse. North Carolina does not have a monetary cap on pain and suffering in many personal injury cases. There could be no limit to what you can request for this expense.
- Mental anguish. The experience of being taken advantage of sexually by someone in whom you placed your trust can cause extreme anxiety, depression, grief, and other effects. These challenges are compensable.
We can assess your situation and possibly pursue recovery for losses not listed here.
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North Carolina Imposes a Filing Deadline on Civil Sexual Abuse Cases
North Carolina sets a limit on the amount of time you have to file any kind of lawsuit, including sexual abuse lawsuits. How long you have to file, however, mainly depends on your situation, including:
- When you discovered the abuse
- How old you were when the abuse took place
- The state in which the abuse took place
- The circumstances of the abuse
Even if you think your filing period has passed, we want to learn your story. We can determine your case’s filing deadline and take action within that period.
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Begin Your Free Case Review With Our North Carolina Sexual Abuse Lawyers
Our firm has helped countless people get the financial recovery they need after surviving sexual abuse. Now, it’s your turn to get justice. We’re ready to hold the liable party accountable for your losses. To begin your free case review with Jenner Law, call now.