It is never appropriate for a licensed therapist to engage in any kind of sexual contact with a patient. This kind of conduct is not consensual. If the therapist you were working with abused you, our firm can help you bring them to justice.
Our Tennessee therapist sexual abuse lawyer understands the complex issues these cases present. A therapist who engages in the sexual abuse of a patient could face criminal charges and a civil lawsuit for financial damages. They could also lose their license to practice therapy. At Jenner Law, we will offer you confidential legal guidance while we work on your case.
What We Can Do to Build a Case Against Your Therapist for Sexual Abuse
If your therapist engaged in any sexual contact with you, whether as an isolated event or ongoing situation, you could have a case against them. When you work with our firm, we will build a case by:
- Gathering evidence that your therapist was abusing you
- Filing a lawsuit against the therapist or any other liable party
- Defending you in court, if necessary
- Communicating with any liable parties so you do not have to
- Answering your questions
- Providing you with a safe environment to share the details of your case
- Handling all the necessary paperwork for you
Our Tennessee therapist sexual abuse lawyer will support you as you share the details of your case. We want to make you feel as comfortable as possible. At Jenner Law, we can help you get the justice you deserve.
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We work hard to get fair case outcomes for our clients. Our previous clients have spoken highly of the service they received when they worked with us. For example:
- “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
- “…I considered Katie part of my support circle, during a really difficult time – she’s a fantastic attorney, and she’s also simply one of the best people I’ve met. I would recommend her and Jenner Law to anyone, and especially anyone in the same situation of mental health practitioner abuse. Outstanding, ethical, and caring people.” –Identity Hidden
We aim to make your experience with our firm a positive one. Let us handle your Tennessee therapist sexual abuse case for you.
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Recoverable Damages in Therapist Abuse Cases
Our lawyers can help you hold the therapist accountable for their actions and recover financial compensation from the at-fault party or parties. Some parties we may be able to seek compensation from could include:
- The therapist
- The therapist’s employer
- The business the therapist works for
- Any other party who knew of the abuse and allowed it to happen
The damages you recover may include:
- Medical expenses you incurred as a result of the sexual abuse, including psychological care
- Reduced quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
When you work with Jenner Law, we will review every detail of your case to ensure it is fairly settled.
Settlements We Have Recovered for Our Clients in Therapist Abuse Cases
Every case is different, so the amount of compensation you may receive will depend on the details of your case. We won a settlement of $1 million in a client’s therapist sexual abuse case. Also, in a different case, we got an $800,000 settlement for a violation of professional boundaries in a therapist abuse case.
We will take your concerns seriously and work tirelessly on your case.
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Professional Boundaries Your Therapist Should Always Follow
Therapists are held to a high standard of conduct and professionalism. When you go to a therapist and share details of your life with them, you have placed a great deal of trust in that professional. It is misconduct for a professional to exploit that trust.
There are boundaries that therapists are supposed to follow when interacting with patients. If they violate these boundaries, the therapist has probably committed professional misconduct. Here are some examples of therapist boundaries:
- There should not be any physical contact between the therapist and the patient other than a handshake or something similar.
- The therapist should maintain an appropriate physical distance from the patient during all therapy sessions.
- All therapy sessions should take place in the office.
- Therapy sessions should be for a fixed amount of time, like a 30-minute or one-hour session.
- The therapist and patient should not have any intentional interactions that take place outside of the office.
- The focus of all therapy sessions should be on the issues for which the patient seeks treatment.
- The therapist should not disclose intimate information about themselves to the patient. Intimate details about the therapist are not the reason for the therapy.
- There should be no social, financial, or personal involvement between the therapist and the patient.
When crossing any of these boundary lines, the therapist’s conduct is likely inappropriate. If you feel uncomfortable about something that happened between your therapist and you, please feel free to reach out to Jenner Law for a free initial consultation about your situation.
Why Did the Sexual Abuse Occur?
Mental health counseling inevitably has an imbalance of power. Because the client is coming to the therapist with the most intimate details of their life, the therapist has authority over their treatment. Sometimes, the transference phenomenon takes place. That is, the client comes to view their therapist as a friend or romantic partner. In response, countertransference, in which the therapist’s feelings infiltrate the sessions, may arise.
The therapist should be able to resolve these issues fairly quickly. However, they may indulge in these behaviors, exploiting or even abusing the client, grooming them for a romantic relationship. If this occurred, this is abuse. We can help you seek justice.
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Get Legal Help from Our Tennessee Therapist Sexual Abuse Attorney
At Jenner Law, we stand up to people who harm others through misconduct. Our firm will help your case by offering you supportive legal assistance. You don’t have to seek justice on your own.
You can begin working with us when you call for a free, confidential consultation. A member of our team can explain your legal options.