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Can a Therapist Be Guilty of Medical Malpractice?

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Can a Therapist Be Guilty of Medical Malpractice?

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In many cases, medical malpractice is fairly easy to determine. But in the case of therapist malpractice, the offense can be more difficult to distinguish. A therapist is often considered a licensed medical professional. As such, they provide a form of health care to their patients. Because of this, a therapist could be guilty of medical malpractice.

Therapist Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a therapist treats a patient with care that is substandard to the average therapist. If their improper care – be it through negligence or anything else – causes harm or injury to a patient, the therapist could be guilty of medical malpractice.

Common Forms of Malpractice

Because therapists are largely influential to their clients’ mental health and well-being, much of their education and training revolves around how to carefully navigate their sessions so as not to harm their patients. Even the smallest misstep could lead a therapist to malpractice. Common types of medical malpractice in regards to therapists are:

  • Sexually suggestive advances
  • Character manipulation
  • Failure to take proper notes
  • Misdiagnosing patients for their own ends
  • Providing advice that leads to self-harm
  • Discussing the therapist’s own inappropriate personal details
  • Breaking confidentiality

Why Hire A Medical Malpractice Attorney?

Patients rely on their therapist to provide them with the help they need. In many cases, they are already in a fragile mental state. Substandard practice can have a significantly harmful effect on a patient and could even lead to physical injury. Proving malpractice can be difficult for a patient to do on their own. This is where the expertise of an experienced and aggressive medical malpractice lawyer comes in.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the negligence or malpractice of a therapist, contact a medical malpractice lawyer who could help. Contact the law offices of Andres and Berger today to schedule your case consultation. You could be eligible for compensation for your injuries.

 

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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