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Malpractice Lawsuit Tips for Therapists and Counselors

23. April 2014 08:59

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As a family therapist, faith-based counselor, or mental health counselor, you handle people at their most vulnerable. Clients turn to you for guidance so they can make sense of life’s many obstacles and their own limitations. But with great trust comes great risk – and if a client thinks you overstepped your professional boundaries, you could be sued for malpractice.

Malpractice” (aka “professional liability”) is another way of saying that a healthcare professional…

A malpractice claim doesn’t have to hold water to be a financial burden on your small counseling practice. A dismissed lawsuit can cost you between $2,000 and $5,000 (or more) in legal defense fees alone.

Perhaps the best way to prevent these devastating claims is to heighten your awareness. Read on to learn the situations that lead to malpractice suits and what you can do to limit your exposure.

Events that Trigger Malpractice Claims Against Therapists and Counselors

Sometimes, the quality of your counseling or therapy services has little bearing on whether or not a client decides to sue. They could simply be upset because they didn’t like the advice you gave them, no matter how helpful it may have been.

But in the interest of keeping your practice out of court, be aware of these legitimate triggers that could end in a costly lawsuit:

You can read more about malpractice lawsuits here: “Liability Issues for Therapists Who Offer Distance Therapy.”

How to Prevent Malpractice Lawsuits Against Your Therapy or Counseling Practice

Implement these tips to reduce your chances of facing a malpractice lawsuit:

Even with adequate risk management measures in place, you should still carry a Malpractice Insurance (aka Professional Liability or Errors & Omissions Insurance) policy as long as your practice is in business. This coverage steps in when you’re sued for professional errors and can help you pay for legal defense fees, court costs, settlements, and judgments.

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Allied Health Insurance | Errors & Omissions | Errors and Omissions Insurance | Malpractice Insurance | Professional Liability Insurance

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