Therapists have high ethical standards. That’s because they have an important job: to help people in a time of stress navigate their lives. Yet, some therapists exploit their positions and use them to groom and sexually abuse others. When this happens, the law offers legal recourse to survivors.
Meet Jenner Law. Our Ohio therapist sexual abuse lawyers offer compassionate legal help to injured people. We can hold the liable party accountable for their actions and seek justice in the form of financial recovery. When you’re ready to share your story with us, we want to listen and help.
How Therapists Abuse Clients
When clients let their guards down and open up to their therapist, they inevitably compromise their level of control throughout the treatment process. That comes with the territory in a client-therapist relationship. They may even develop sexual or emotional feelings for their therapist. In that case, the therapist should be able to detect and resolve this transference fairly quickly.
However, the therapist may take advantage of this vulnerability, assert full control, and indulge in countertransference. Countertransference is when therapists project their trauma onto their clients.
With all of these factors, the therapist might use the client’s transference against them, “grooming” them for a relationship. No one should be subject to this treatment. If you were, our attorneys can help you go after restitution.
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How Our Therapist Sexual Abuse Team Can Support You
When we learn that someone suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a therapist, we spring into action. We waste no time in gathering evidence, evaluating our client’s legal options, and holding the negligent party accountable. You can trust your therapist abuse lawyer in Ohio to:
- Examine the facts of your case and explain your options
- Collect evidence, including police reports and medical records, to support your claim
- Estimate the amount of compensation you could recover
- Manage all case-related communications
- Answer any questions you have throughout the legal process
- Keep you updated on any case-related developments
In addition to potentially securing compensation, pursuing legal action against the therapist could prevent them from abusing other patients. It may also prompt law enforcement to investigate other incidents of abuse the therapist might have perpetrated.
What Compensation Can You Recover for Therapist Abuse in Ohio?
Survivors of sexual abuse can recover damages for their physical and emotional injuries. An attorney can also determine what damages you can pursue and how much. Your award could comprise:
Your Financial Losses (Economic Damages)
We calculate economic losses by adding up billing statements and receipts. Economic losses in a sexual abuse case could include:
- Medical expenses, including emergency care and prescription medications
- Long-term treatment costs for any PTSD or trauma you endure
Your Non-Financial Losses (Non-Economic Damages)
Non-economic damages do not have inherent dollar values. We can estimate these losses by using certain mathematical formulas. Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Reduced quality of life
Every situation comes with its own set of recoverable damages, so you could seek losses beyond what’s listed here.
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Our Sexual Abuse Lawyers Understand Ohio State Law
You don’t have to have a thorough understanding of state law and codes of ethics to hold the at-fault party accountable. Instead, you only have to entrust your case to Jenner Law. Our lawyers have managed cases against billion-dollar corporations, and they have no problem holding your therapist financially accountable for their actions.
Here are some laws we must navigate when seeking damages:
- Ohio Administrative Code § 4757-5-04. This law prohibits social workers, counselors, and marriage counselors from engaging in sexual relations with clients, regardless of whether the therapist thinks the conduct is consensual. This goes along with the high code of ethics these professionals must follow. We use evidence to establish that sexual abuse happened to support your case.
- Ohio Revised Code § 2305.111. This is Ohio’s civil statute of limitations. It outlines how long you have to file a lawsuit before it becomes void. Many survivors have just one year to file their cases, making prompt legal action crucial. Others, like survivors of childhood sexual abuse, could have longer to file their cases. We manage your case’s deadlines, so you don’t have to worry about them.
Our understanding of state law gives us the tools we need to build strong cases.
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What Should I Do After Surviving Sexual Abuse from My Therapist?
Your health and well-being should be among your top priorities right now. We encourage you to seek support from those who can guide you through this difficult time, whether it’s friends, family, or a support group. You shouldn’t push yourself to attend work or school; during this challenging time, you deserve to process your trauma without worrying about other obligations.
In regard to your case, we suggest that you:
- Keep your case’s details between you and your lawyer
- Refrain from messaging any of the involved parties, including the therapist
- Write down your recollection of events
- Take photos of any visible injuries, such as bruises or scratches
If you’re ever worried about your next steps, feel free to call our team. We aim to provide reassurance and compassionate legal help.
Resources for Sexual Abuse Survivors in Ohio
Jenner Law doesn’t just see you as another case number. We see the bigger picture. We know that you’re going through a hard time, and we want to help in any way we can. So, our team has compiled a list of resources that could benefit you:
- The Ohio Sexual Violence Helpline. Here, you can connect with an advocate who can listen to your story in confidence. They offer emotional support and crisis response services.
- The Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. This organization offers more than 24/7 support; they also have a list of Ohio’s 34 rape crisis centers. These centers offer support groups and other resources.
- Ohio Health. Ohio Health offers Covid-19 resources for survivors of sexual assault. It also has a list of local non-profit organizations that advocate for injured people.
Consult Our Ohio Therapist Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Jenner Law offers hope for survivors of sexual abuse. We know that compensation can’t truly account for the trauma you’ve endured. Yet, legal action could yield financial recovery for certain losses and possibly prevent the therapist from abusing others.
If you’ve experienced harassment, abuse, or other sexual misconduct by your therapist, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a complimentary, confidential case review. We will work tirelessly to secure the damages you deserve. Call now.