If you are facing a therapist abuse case, you may be wondering how the case will be approached in court. That can be a scary thought for many.
What type of attorney is needed for effectively litigating therapist abuse cases?
Generally, a personal injury attorney handles these types of cases. Not all personal injury law firms work on therapist abuse or clergy misconduct cases, though, so you will have due diligence in finding a firm with a track record of winning these cases. A therapist abuse lawyer stands up for victims who suffer significant harm from those who abuse their position as therapists, clergy, or another role of counselor or caretaker.
What Can I Do as a Patient to Assist in Litigating My Claim?
When you are the victim of therapist abuse, you already deal with enough emotional distress and turmoil. However, for your case to have its best chance at success, you must be an active participant in gathering the evidence. You can take back the power to show your abuser you have control and help demonstrate the storyline of what occurred.
Steps You Can Take
- Build a Timeline: You can help your attorney and yourself by simply writing out a timeline of events as you remember them. Don’t rush. Go back over it a few times over several days or weeks. You may realize that you remember additional details. Your written details will also help correlate with receipts, appointment notes, and other evidence gathered by your attorney.
- Gather Any Physical Evidence: If you have any physical evidence that can back up your case, please bring this to your attorney’s attention. From receipts to photos, it can be any evidence. Perhaps your therapist has left a trail of notes, gifts, tokens, or even physical evidence of the abuse.
- Get a Support System: You have already been failed by one provider. This battle may be another emotionally draining event—work at establishing a support system to start getting help from a reputable therapist or even friends. Prosecuting a claim can lead to exhaustion and stress; find other outlets. Take up exercise, yoga, or meditation. Ask your attorney for suggestions; they might know of some great local groups or a nice place to relax and see a good show.
- Hire a Therapist Abuse Attorney: Perhaps this should be at the top of the list, but you wouldn’t want to miss out on gathering necessary items for your case. When ready, reach out to personal injury attorneys and find one that handles therapy and clergy abuse cases.
A word of note is that therapist abuse does not always happen in one-to-one settings. Studies like Adverse Outcomes in Group Therapy indicate that abuse can occur in group therapy due to the therapist’s narcissism. Group therapists often pressured vulnerable individuals and even manipulated other group members to participate in the abuse. The study was precise in that victimization can occur in either type of therapeutic setting.
Regardless of whether you were in individual or group therapy, if you feel you were harmed, you should seek the advice of a personal injury attorney.
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How Does a Law Firm Effectively Plan for Litigation in a Therapy Abuse Case?
A law firm that represents victims of therapy abuse cases can be effective when they plan their case presentations. Your attorney will have a solid path to present your case and help you get compensated for your injuries.
Steps a Therapist Abuse Lawyer Might Take
- Transference Phenomenon: Your attorney will know how the transference phenomenon works and its psychological impact in your case.
- Expert Witnesses: A lawyer might bring on expert witnesses. These can be medical, psychological, or other experts to testify on your behalf.
- Statute of Limitations: Your attorney will have a solid understanding of the statute of limitations. While civil injury time limitations may have rules in your jurisdiction, the regulations for negligent misrepresentation or fraud may differ.
- Knowledge of Standards of Conduct: Most professions, including therapists, follow a standard of conduct. The American Psychological Association Code of Ethics is a common expectation of behavior for therapists.
Who Should I Talk to If I Need a Therapist Abuse Attorney?
When you are considering a therapist abuse case, connect with Jenner Law. We can represent you and bring dignity back into your life. As your attorney, we will show you respect and be dedicated to your privacy. Let us help you on your path to peace.
We know how to take abusive therapists to task. You deserve to receive a settlement to cover your emotional injuries and heal your broken trust.
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