When most people think about medical malpractice, they think about physical injury that was caused by a medical doctor or a healthcare practitioner. But harm can also be caused by someone who provides psychological therapy.
When a medical error occurs, it is easy to determine because there is physical proof. When harm is caused by a therapist, it can be more difficult to show. However, a therapist is considered a licensed medical professional, and is therefore held to high standards of care.
When a client visits a therapist, their mental health and well-being is vulnerable. That’s why a therapist must undergo training and licensing so that they cause no harm. But there are many things that can cause harm to a therapy patient, and a therapist would be liable if they crossed the lines.
Medical negligence that is commonly attributed to therapists may include the following:
Misdiagnosing patients for gain
Failure to take proper notes
Providing advice that leads to mental or emotional harm
Sexually suggestive advancesIf you believe you or a loved one has been the victim of medical errors or emotional trauma caused by a therapist, please call the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online for a free consultation. Our offices are centrally located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, and we serve clients throughout New Jersey.