You may build a case against your therapist by:
- Hiring an attorney who will help you with all aspects of your case
- Keeping a journal documenting negligence by your therapist
- Documenting the damages that have come from your therapist’s negligence
Your attorney can provide more advice specific to your circumstances.
Who Should Bring a Case Against Their Therapist?
A client may consider filing a lawsuit whenever a therapist falls short of their duties. The American Psychological Association (APA) explains that a therapist can avoid ethical quandaries by:
- Doing everything in their power to protect the client’s confidentiality
- Explaining to the client when they must report what the client tells them
- Empowering the client to make decisions
- Being clear about their role and who they are working for
- Documenting important aspects of the therapist-client relationship
- Refusing to provide services outside their area of expertise
A therapist must also recognize when their services could harm a patient. If it is even possible they could do harm, they must refrain. If you or a loved one suffered harm because of a therapist’s actions, you could seek legal action.
What Should I Do if I Suffered Harm Because of a Negligent Therapist?
If you believe your therapist harmed you, you can begin building your case. First, you may want to review your legal options and hire a lawyer.
What Type of Lawyer Should I Hire for a Therapist Negligence Case?
A personal injury attorney can handle your case against a negligent therapist. You may want to seek a law firm that handles therapist abuse cases regularly. A law firm with such relevant experience will:
- Recognize instances of therapist misconduct in your case
- Understand how to build and prove a therapist misconduct case
- Be prepared for the challenges your legal action may present
- Be able to explain what lies ahead so that you will know what to expect
An attorney’s experience with therapist abuse cases can be a significant benefit when it comes to handling your case.
Other Steps to Take While Preparing for Your Case
A lawyer can provide case-specific advice. In the meantime, you may prepare by documenting instances of your therapist’s negligence. Even if you are not sure if a specific instance qualifies as negligence, write it down.
Your attorney will help you organize your thoughts and notes once you retain them. Document as many of your complaints as possible while your memory is fresh.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help With My Therapist Negligence Case?
A lawyer will take a leading role in your therapist negligence case. They will help you build your case—getting your account of events, helping you understand their legal strategy, and understanding your case’s goals.
Your lawyer can:
Identify How Your Therapist Failed You
Your attorney will identify all instances of negligence by your therapist. They can use the details you share with them and prove negligence by showing:
- Your therapist had a duty of care to you.
- Your therapist violated their duty of care by acting unreasonably.
- Your therapist caused you harm by breaching their duty of care.
- You’ve suffered damages because of your therapist’s negligence.
If your lawyer can prove these four elements occurred, you could receive compensation for your losses.
Gather and Preserve Evidence
Your attorney will seek all relevant evidence of negligence. Such evidence may include:
- Invoices for the therapy services you received
- Your personal records of therapy sessions, including specific instances of negligence
- Testimony from experts in best therapeutic practices
- Testimony from those who witnessed your damages
- Proof of lost income, lost earning power, and other losses you’ve experienced
Our attorneys and investigators will work to build a comprehensive, evidence-based case for you.
File Your Case and All Case-Related Paperwork
Our team will handle all case-related duties, including filing your case, supporting documents, hiring experts, organizing witness testimony, and communicating with other attorneys.
Negotiate Fair Financial Compensation
Financial recovery is the goal in every therapist negligence case. We will seek fair financial recovery for you and negotiate on your behalf. No matter how determined liable parties are to avoid paying you, our team will fight for the monetary award you deserve.
Recoverable Damages in a Therapist Negligence Case
Your financial recovery will be based on your recoverable damages, which may include:
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Anxiety, depression, and other conditions resulting from poor therapeutic practices
- Lost income
- Lost earning power
- Substance abuse, lost quality of life, and other types of hardship that your former therapist contributed to
If you suffered other damages because of negligent therapy, we will seek the appropriate compensation on your behalf.
Call Jenner Law Today for Your Free Consultation
Therapists have an important responsibility to their clients. If your therapist failed you, Jenner Law will seek justice on your behalf. Call us today for a free consultation where we can answer your questions and address your concerns.