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Psychologist sued for malpractice by her client

On March 11, an Illinois woman filed suit for over $100,000 against her psychologist, claiming she received negligent care. The plaintiff was treated for mental health care for four years by the psychoanalyst. The woman says that as a result of the doctor's subpar treatment, her psychological and mental condition has declined.

The lawsuit alleges the woman's condition has become severe and a permanent disability because of doctor negligence. Her psychological problems include confusion, depression and anxiety. Her physical condition has also worsened as a result of the doctor's mistakes. She has been hospitalized many times because of somatic problems.

The plaintiff believes her psychologist should have given her better treatment for her transference and counter-transference issues. She says her doctor never tried to seek help from others who are more familiar and knowledgeable about her specific problem. The plaintiff wished to apply to the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis to obtain more advanced knowledge in the subject, but her doctor refused to allow her to do that. The woman claims that she has suffered emotional distress, severe pain and suffering and has lost the possibility of a regular life.

In Illinois, there is a statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims. The statute says that a suit can be filed for up to two years after the injury comes to light or when it should have been realized. No action can be taken after four years from the time the injury occurred under any circumstance. Minors have eight years from the time the injury occurred to file suit but not after their 22nd birthday. An experienced lawyer may be able to help a person who has suffered worsened conditions or injury due to medical malpractice. Damages may include medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.

Source: Cook County Record, "Woman sues psychoanalyst alleging malpractice," Dan Arkins, April 1, 2015

Source: Illinois Legal Aid, "Selected Statutes of Limitations," accessed on April 9, 2015

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