Visiting a therapist is a vital part of many people’s health regime. A good therapist can help you work through trauma and mental illness and teach healthy coping mechanisms. An abusive therapist can make mental health problems worse and even endanger the patient.
One of our therapist abuse lawyers in Washington, D.C. can help if you find yourself dealing with an abusive therapist. We can build your case, determine what types of abuse you have suffered, and figure out how much to ask for in compensation.
Our Washington D.C. Therapist Abuse Lawyers Provide Individualized, Compassionate Service
We know how difficult it can be to talk about therapist abuse or to trust any professional in any field after being mistreated by someone who was supposed to help you. The personal injury attorneys at Jenner Law understands what a terrible time this is for our clients and treats them with the care and dignity they deserve.
When you speak with us, we want you to feel free to say and ask anything. The law can be confusing, and we are always happy to help clients better understand their rights and responsibilities. We can address questions with specific, individual answers, such as:
- Will I have to go to trial?
- How much will my case cost?
- How much can I expect to get out of my case?
We work closely with our clients to figure out the best ways of fighting for the compensation they need. In past cases, we have:
- Provided free, confidential case reviews to people who want to know more about their rights
- Gathered evidence from a variety of sources to support our clients’ cases
- Managed all paperwork, phone calls, and other forms of communication with other parties
- Calculated and negotiated for a fair settlement that meets the client’s present and future needs
- Gone to court to seek a jury award in cases where a settlement is not attainable
Whether you suffered emotional, sexual, physical, financial, or another type of abuse, your therapist’s behavior is unacceptable. Jenner Law can provide the tools and support you need to hold them accountable, file a lawsuit, and recover the right amount of compensation.
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Damages Available for Therapist Abuse Victims in Washington D.C.
You can seek compensation for monetary, emotional, and physical harm inflicted by your therapist. However the abuse affected you, there is a type of damage available to compensate you for it.
For instance, here are just a few of the damages you could seek based on your financial losses:
- Loss of wages: You had to take time off from work to cope with the abuse, leaving you without the salary you rely on.
- Loss of earning capacity: Your ability to work has been compromised over the long term, if not permanently.
- Medical costs: Did you suffer physical injuries or have to get psychiatric help from a new therapist? We can seek compensation for the cost of these treatments.
Emotional and physical damage is often harder to quantify than your financial losses: after all, they do not come with convenient bills, receipts, or other documents for us to work with. However, including them is critical to receiving a fair settlement. We can include the following and more in your lawsuit:
- Pain and suffering: The abuse has caused significant emotional (and possibly even physical) anguish. You deserve to be paid for this negative impact on your wellbeing.
- Reduced quality of life: You are unable to enjoy your life the way you used to, e.g., you find it difficult to socialize with or trust others, even close friends.
- Loss of consortium: Your relationship with someone you love, particularly a spouse, has deteriorated due to the abuse.
Finding Evidence of Therapist Abuse
When it comes to abuse, including therapist abuse, survivors may be reluctant to speak up for fear that no one will believe them. Please know that our therapist abuse lawyers in Washington, D.C. are on your side. We believe the abuse was real and that you have suffered because of it.
Unfortunately, no matter how trustworthy you are, the therapist’s insurance company is unlikely to take you at your word. They will expect you to provide corroborating evidence that shows:
- Your therapist had a duty to take care of you and avoid abusive behavior
- Your therapist engaged in abusive behavior
- The abusive behavior caused all the injuries and losses that you are now suing over
While evidence of this type can sometimes be hard to find, our team knows just where to look. For example, we can:
- Interview you and your loved ones to get a clearer picture of the abuse’s effects
- Interview your therapist for their side of the story—and the opportunity to poke holes in their version of events
- Ask to look at your medical records
- Request information from your therapist, such as their notes and records on your treatment
- Collect bills related to the abuse, such as the money you spent seeing a new therapist
- Collect paystubs and tax information to prove you lost money due to the abuse
Jenner Law wants to ensure that all abusive therapists are held accountable for their actions. In Washington, DC, you have three years to start a legal action against someone who hurt you, according to D.C. Code § 12-301. We encourage all abuse survivors to contact us well within that time, as this will:
- Ensure we can file your case with the appropriate court within the deadline
- Enable you to get the money you need faster
- Give us access to a wider array of evidence: waiting too long increases the risk that witnesses may forget details, paperwork could be destroyed, and so on
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Get a Free Consultation Regarding Your Washington, D.C. Therapist Abuse Case
If you suspect that your Washington, DC-area therapist abused you or a loved one, do not hesitate to reach out to Jenner Law. One of our therapist abuse lawyers in Washington, DC can help you figure out how to handle your case and then manage all the legal work on your behalf. We can protect you from abusive therapists and their representatives.