The emotional distress and pain and suffering experienced in a therapist abuse case can be excruciating. Every portion of a victim’s being and existence is tormented by the abuse of a therapist. The victim’s ability to trust others, especially therapists and other medical professionals, is extremely diminished while self-esteem and confidence may be damaged for a lifetime.
When it is discovered that one’s psychotherapy was a sham wrought with lies, it is extremely difficult for a victim to accept. In most cases, the victim’s trust of psychotherapy has been completely broken. However, the only possible recovery usually requires years of additional intensive psychotherapy followed by lessened therapy over time and some amount of therapy for the rest of the plaintiff’s life. This reintroduction of any type of psychotherapy is extremely difficult for the plaintiff to accept, and it comes at significant expense.
The Necessity Of Expert Witness Testimony To Quantify And Qualify Damages
An expert witness (highly trained psychotherapist) retained by Winer, Burritt & Scott, LLP, will testify to the sophisticated level of support and treatment necessary to overcome the harm caused by the defendant. Our law firm specializes in these types of cases. We understand the deep social, work-related, marital, spiritual, sexual and physical problems that can impair our clients in many areas of life after enduring such abuse.
Throughout California, we have litigated therapist abuse and malpractice cases in and out of court. With several offices in California, our Oakland personal injury attorneys know how to counter defense expert witnesses; defense motions for case dismissal on the grounds of the statute of limitations; and the suggestion that the plaintiff provided consent to any kind of abuse, professional misconduct or negligence.
If you have been victimized by a therapist, call us today a (510) 433-1000 to discuss your legal options with a therapist abuse injury lawyer at Winer, Burritt & Scott, LLP.
Recoverable Injuries And Damages In A Therapist Abuse Case
Your lawyer must be experienced with civil, criminal and licensing board cases against therapist malpractice and abuse. Injuries may occur over time, and they can wreak devastation and havoc on all areas of your life. You may be entitled to recover:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past treatment expenses (including money paid to defendant)
- Future treatment and hospitalization expenses
- Treatment caused by destabilization (to account for difficulty in submitting to future treatment)
- Past and future pain, suffering and emotional distress
- Past and future wage loss and earning capacity
- Punitive damages
We will vigorously fight for your compensation. Additionally, if we can prove the misconduct of the defendant was fraudulent, malicious or despicable, we can pursue punitive damages to punish the therapist, making an example of him or her for the rest of society. We can help you recover for loss of self-esteem, identity, trust, faith, confidence and dignity as well as the severe depression, anxiety, guilt, grief and sense of betrayal you have suffered.
Oakland Therapist Malpractice Lawyers | Premier Therapist Abuse Law Firm
The statute of limitations does apply at some point in each case. It is vital to contact and consult with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
In a therapist abuse case, the statute of limitations unfortunately does not begin to run when the patient is emotionally “ready” to sue; that isn’t the standard. To protect your rights, you should consult with an attorney to learn when you need to bring a lawsuit even if it seems you are not emotionally up to it.
Don’t Risk Your Ability To Collect Financial Compensation
We have seen many abused patients go uncompensated because they waited until they were emotionally ready before coming forward. Not only does bringing a licensing board action not stop the statute of limitations running in a civil case, but it might also ruin your statute of limitations if you wait too long to bring a civil case after you have brought a licensing board case.
Free Consultation — Contact Our Firm
Contact us at (510) 433-1000 to schedule a free initial consultation. We advance the finances of the cases we take on, and we work on a contingency fee basis only, which means we don’t get paid until you get paid.