If your therapist sexually abused you, you deserve justice. Our Philadelphia therapist sexual abuse lawyer can build a case on your behalf. We will handle all communications for you so that you do not have to interact with the therapist. You do not have to handle your case alone.
Licensed therapists have strict codes of professional conduct that they must follow. These rules prohibit a therapist from engaging in sexual conduct with a patient. If you survived therapist misconduct, including sexual exploitation or abuse, we can help you hold the therapist liable for the consequences of their actions.
What Our Philadelphia Therapist Sexual Abuse Lawyer Can Do to Help You
At Jenner Law, we aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible in this traumatic situation. To build your case, we will:
- Gather evidence
- Answer any of your questions
- Fight to hold the therapist accountable for their actions
- Report the abuse to law enforcement
- Help you seek compensation
- Provide confidential legal support
- Defend you in court, if necessary
Our Philadelphia therapist abuse lawyer will work hard to seek justice on your behalf.
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Damages Available in Therapist Sexual Abuse Cases
Our therapist sexual abuse lawyer in Philadelphia has experience handling cases like yours. We know how to navigate the multiple aspects of these situations, which can include criminal charges, a complaint to the licensing board, and a civil lawsuit seeking damages.
Depending on the facts of your case, we might also be able to seek financial compensation, including medical expenses, long-term mental health counseling costs, mental anguish, reduced quality of life, and pain and suffering. We can talk with you about the financial damages that might be recoverable in your situation.
Parties We Could Hold Liable in Your Therapist Sexual Abuse Case
Depending on the details of your case, we can hold one or more parties liable. We will seek justice from the liable party or parties, and they may owe you compensation. Possible liable parties could include:
- The therapist
- The company they work for that could have allowed the abuse to happen or failed to prevent it
- The therapist’s employer, employees, or coworkers
Any party who was aware of the therapist’s actions, and did nothing to prevent them, could be held liable. Our investigation can uncover all liable parties.
Therapists Must Uphold a Standard of Care for Their Patients
You should have been able to have a certain level of trust with your therapist. Just like your medical doctor, a licensed therapist is a professional who can be an authority figure for a patient.
The therapy process can only work if you are able to have absolute trust in your therapist. You might have to reveal facts of a highly personal nature, and that revealing of information can make you quite vulnerable mentally and emotionally.
In some cases, it’s typical for transference to occur, which happens when you view your therapist as a close loved one or romantic partner. Therapists know this potential and must promptly resolve it.
If they don’t and it leads them to take things further, exploiting the situation and grooming their patient for a relationship, they have broken their client’s trust and violated the ethics of their profession. We will investigate all the details of your case to take legal action against them.
Boundaries Therapists Should Honor
There are boundaries that therapists should honor to keep their relationship professional and appropriate. For example:
- The therapist should not reveal personal information of an intimate nature about themselves to the patient.
- Therapy sessions should take place in the office, with no intentional contact taking place outside of the office.
- Therapy sessions should be by appointment, and last for a set amount of time.
- The therapist should not sit too close to the patient during therapy sessions. The therapist and patient should be able to hear each other speak, but not sit in a proximity that a reasonable person could consider intimate.
- The therapist should not have any financial (outside of standard payment for sessions), personal, or social interactions with the patient. The entire focus of the therapy sessions and the relationship should be addressing the patient’s issues for which the patient sought therapy.
- Because of the vulnerability, position of authority, and trust involved in a therapist-patient relationship, it is impossible for any sexual activity to be consensual. Any sexual conduct by the therapist is inherently exploitative.
If any of these boundary violations happened between you and your therapist or you feel that some other inappropriate conduct occurred, you can contact Jenner Law for a free case evaluation.
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What Our Former Clients Say About Working With Jenner Law
Our firm will treat you with respect and take your concerns seriously. We will take all the details of your case into consideration when we take legal action.
Previous clients of ours have left reviews about the service they received. They have said things like:
- “Incredible communication, excellent way of explaining every procedure for people not involved with law, and extremely personable. I couldn’t be more happy and appreciative for their help!” –Identity Hidden
- “Jenner Law, in particular Katie Kerner, did a fantastic job in representing myself and others in a case against a medical device company. It was an extremely difficult case and I know that they achieved the best outcome possible. I totally recommend Jenner Law without hesitation.” – Identity Hidden
You deserve to receive this kind of treatment from the law firm that handles your Pennsylvania therapist sexual abuse case.
Case Results We Have Secured for Our Clients
Although the outcome of therapist abuse cases can involve other consequences, like criminal charges and complaints to the licensing board, some cases also achieve financial compensation to the survivor.
For example, we won an $800,000 settlement for a survivor of therapist abuse in a case in which the therapist did not honor required professional boundaries. In another case, we won a $1 million settlement in a case that involved therapist sexual abuse.
Call Jenner Law for Your Free Consultation
At Jenner Law, we fight relentlessly for the survivors of therapist sexual abuse in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. We can help you seek justice and hold the therapist accountable. Contact us today for your free initial consultation.