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Can a Therapist be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice?

Can a Therapist be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice?

You are likely familiar with the concept of medical malpractice: If you are injured because of a doctor’s negligence, you can file a claim against those who are responsible and receive compensation for the resulting damages. However, you may not be aware that medical malpractice claims can be filed against parties other than doctors. Nurses, hospital administrators, in-home care providers, and other medical professionals can also be held liable for medical malpractice if their negligence causes injury to a patient. Mental health professionals can be defendants in cases of medical malpractice as well.

Like all medical professionals, therapists must commit themselves to a standard of care. They have a duty to provide their patients with the best care they possibly can. The failure to do this can be evident of negligence and malpractice.

Types of Therapy Malpractice

There are many different types of mental health therapy. Talk therapy is one of the most common types of therapy, but a therapist may utilize other methods as well. A therapist may also prescribe medication to their patients.

Examples of medical malpractice in therapy include:

  • Medication errors
  • Using methods that are not appropriate for a patient’s condition, or actively worsen the patient’s mental health
  • Abusive therapist-client relationships
  • Failure to maintain boundaries
  • Ignoring the needs of a patient

What to Do if You are a Victim of Medical Malpractice

Some cases of medical malpractice by therapists are obvious, such as when a psychiatrist prescribes incorrect medication to a patient or when the boundaries of a therapist-client relationship are violated. Other instances of medical malpractice by a therapist may not be as obvious, but are still harmful.

It is crucial to first get the care you need. You should stop seeing your current therapist, and find another therapist who will be a better fit for you. If you were harmed because of a medication error, you must get medical attention as soon as possible.

If you feel that your therapist is not providing you with proper care or is harming you, they may be engaging in medical malpractice. Please contact Christian & Christian if you believe this is so. We offer free consultations, during which we can evaluate the details of your case and help you get started on a claim.

If you are interested in speaking with our legal team, send us a message or call (864) 408-8890 to schedule a free consultation with our attorneys.


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