The term psychology malpractice is not something that you hear often. While medical malpractice is a general term for many types of professional negligence, malpractice by a psychologist is a much narrower term. Because of the nature of psychology, filing this type of malpractice is much more complicated. Psychologists do not administer any type of medication, and there is no physical contact between the psychologist and the patient. This makes cases like this difficult to prove and highly detail-oriented.
Psychology malpractice cases are very rare and very unique, but if you have been involved in some sort of incident that may warrant this type of case, you deserve to work with a team that knows how to navigate these unique cases. At Finney Law Office, LLC, our attorneys will help you through the entire process, making sure that we are working toward receiving the compensation you deserve.
When a psychologist has mistreated a person, there are a lot of different paths that the patient could take in order to receive compensation, but each one is categorized by specific details. The main question to be asked surrounding these cases is whether the incident was a result of negligence or intentional acts. If the harm was done intentionally, this does not fall under the term medical malpractice. Instead, this is considered an intentional tort. Some of these incidents include sexual assault, sexual battery, breach of trust, or fraud. If you have been a victim to one of these acts, or some other incident that was intentional, the medical malpractice rules will not apply.
However, psychology malpractice does occur when psychologists have been negligent, causing harm in some way. Some of the factors that contribute to professional malpractice of this kind include negligence when the psychologist breached a duty that was owed to the patient, resulting in the patient’s harm or injury. These guidelines are very general, but that is because none of these cases are the same. By not fulfilling the duties that come with being a psychologist, this is establishing negligence, and when the patient is harmed because of this negligence, they deserve financial compensation.
If you or a loved one believe that you have been involved in some sort of psychology malpractice or you have further questions regarding this topic, reach out to an experienced medical malpractice attorney. At Finney Law Office, LLC, we want to help you through this difficult time. Your case is unique, so you need to work with an experienced law firm that can help to navigate along the way. Call us today.