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Therapist-Patient Sex

California Psychiatric Malpractice Lawyers Helping You

Therapists who have sex with current patients or patients they have seen within the last two years are committing a type of professional malpractice that can be just as harmful to a victim as any doctor's or surgeon's error. The law recognizes this and considers current and recently former patients to be legally incapable of consenting to such conduct — regardless of their age.

Studies show that roughly five percent of the therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other licensed mental health practitioners today have engaged in sexual relations with one or more of their patients. Studies also show that abusers are far more likely to be men and that victims are almost always women. What statistics cannot reveal are the enormous personal costs paid by individual victims.

Unfortunately, certain California laws and insurance exclusions can make it very difficult for victims to get the justice and compensation they deserve.

At the Law Offices of Joseph C. George, Ph.D., we have been committed to representing victims of sexual abuse and mental health care-related malpractice in California since 1986. In addition to extensive experience and a strong track record of success, Dr. Joseph C. George also brings a unique perspective to the therapist-patient relationship dynamic due to his background — training and 12 years of experience as a clinical psychologist in the U.S. Air Force. Our psychiatric malpractice lawyers in California can help you pursue the fair and full compensation you deserve.

Don't wait to speak to an attorney. In California, therapist-patient sexual abuse claims usually must be filed within one year of the discovery of the injury. You should also be aware that the time limit for filing a lawsuit involving a mental health professional or therapist who worked for the government can be much shorter.

Call (916) 623-4914 for Strong Representation

We can help you find the courage to speak out and the power to move forward with your life. To schedule a private consultation, call (916) 623-4914 at any time, day or night — or contact our California psychiatric malpractice attorneys online. Servicios de Traducción en Español Disponibles.

  • Ph.D in Psychology

    Joseph C. George earned a Ph.D. in psychology and was an active duty clinical psychologist in the United States Air Force for 12 years.

  • Decades of Experience

    Collectively, our legal team has more than 30 years of experience in fighting for the rights of Californians

  • Well-Rounded Team

    Attorney Joseph George Jr. is a former deputy district attorney; Attorney Maricar Pascual was the national champion in appellate advocacy

  • Honest Communication

    We value each of our clients; everyone deserves respect and clear communication. We never leave our clients in the dark.