Freeked Out In A Law Suit - page 3

I am have recently been named in a law suit by an OD we recieved in the ER one night. The pt was brought in by EMS. Lab work revieled methadone, valium, phenergan, thc and etoh on board. I followed... Read More

  1. by   AB.ER.RN
    What a pain to even have to go through this. Get your own lawyer,at the very least,consult with one,so you will know what to expect.....As for the hospital protecting your interests..FORGET IT!!!..........Good luck...
  2. by   rncopper
    I didn't read all the posts, but I agree with the last one: GET YOUR OWN LAWYER! The hospitals lawyers look out for: THE HOSPITAL! Do you have medical malpractice insurance? I am pretty sure that this is covered in that policy!

    Good Luck to you! Let us know how things go!
  3. by   ragingmomster
    DON'T WAIT!!!!! GET YOUR OWN LAWYER NOW!!!! The lawyer for the hospital is looking out for the hospital, and will pin anything on you he/she can, (i.e. lack of charting, even though there wasn't much to chart). I am sure from what you describe that the case will go nowhere. Please take this whole mess as a warning and get YOUR OWN liablility NOW!
  4. by   tonchitoRN
    i vote for getting your own lawyer. someone posted about getting insurance to pay for a lawyer. this sounds like good advice.
    i would advise against the malpractice insurance. i asked a lawyer one time if this were advisable. her comment was she would never spend time to sue someone who did not have the ability to pay. so if you do not have anything to go after you lessen the likelihood of getting sued.
    good luck and keep us posted.
  5. by   MishlB
    I wouldn't even worry.
  6. by   redshiloh
    Getting your own lawyer will be expensive. Given what you wrote in your initial thread letter, I think you'd be wasting money. They are suing the HOSPITAL not you and will more than likely settle out of court.(this appears the be the trend)
  7. by   rncopper
    I am not so sure about "wasting your money" with getting your own lawyer! I asked IF you have malpractice insurance. Getting some now would not help.

    Your license is to be protected. Sexual accusations, though hard to prove, thereby sometime easy to be "assumed", can be VERY detrimental to your license: ie. LOSS OF IT!!!

    You worked hard for your license. Would you jeopardize losing it because it was "too expensive to get a lawyer"!!!!
  8. by   jenac
    Wow- what a horrible exprience. I'm so sorry you have to go through this. I can't imagine how hard it is.

    I would have to vote for getting your own laywer. In the whole scope of things- It would seem wise to have someone looking out for only you. CYOA, right?

    This also brings up a reaccuring dilema. To personally carry malpractice or not. I've heard numerous times from many people that a lawyer has recommended they not carry it as it increase your likelyhood of your being sued, or increases the amount of the suit. (It's stated here in a previous post) I'm not so sure of this- especially because it always seems to come from the laywers of the facilities. I'm torn on this one. I was always taught to CYOA-and malpractice is one more way to do that I guess. Call it piece of mind.

    Just out of curiousity-can anyone tell me what an ewald is?
  9. by   crissyb
    I agree with the majority here, get yor own lawyer. THe reality is, even after the depo, this guy can come back and press civil charges on the alleged rape - even though he was under the influence, the psych notes come after his visit to the er, can claim those as a result of the "rape"

    The malpractice insurance controversy has gone on for years. I carry it as a peace of mind. Never know when you might need it, and they have coverage to protect your license. After all, if you lose in a judgement situation, they can garnish future wages to pay for the settlement....
  10. by   AB.ER.RN
    Ewal tube---------Think supersize NGT that the pt swallows orally so there stomach can be irrigated with large quantities of H2O...Unfortunately lots of OD pt's tend to eat food with the pills,imagine corn,chunks of pizza clogging up the tube.....Messy...Hope this heWow- what a horrible exprience. I'm so sorry you have to go through this. I can't imagine how hard it is.

    I would have to vote for getting your own laywer. In the whole scope of things- It would seem wise to have someone looking out for only you. CYOA, right?

    This also brings up a reaccuring dilema. To personally carry malpractice or not. I've heard numerous times from many people that a lawyer has recommended they not carry it as it increase your likelyhood of your being sued, or increases the amount of the suit. (It's stated here in a previous post) I'm not so sure of this- especially because it always seems to come from the laywers of the facilities. I'm torn on this one. I was always taught to CYOA-and malpractice is one more way to do that I guess. Call it piece of mind.

    Just out of curiousity-can anyone tell me what an ewald is?
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  11. by   purplemania
    he sounds like a real scum bag. If he was under the influence wouldn't that be enough reason to suggest he had altered mental capacity and "imagined" those things?? Sounds like he just wants to make a quick buck off the hospital and has no regard for you. Of course, if he is an addict, he does not have much regard for himself. I am so sorry you are going thru this. Remember, it is not the first time for the lawyer, however, so try to accept their advice for now.
  12. by   Brownms46
    Get your own attorney It might cost you a little something now to do so, but it might save you from being blindedsided later.[/B] The fact that you did nothing wrong, and this guy was out of it, doesn't mean that you shouldn't protect yourself, and like others have said, the hospitals attorneys are there to protect the hospital..period!
  13. by   canoehead
    The patient is a freaking idiot and I have no doubt he'll be laughed out of the deposition chamber. If I was you I would research who would be a good lawyer to retain and make the decision after the deposition. I can see why you wouldn't want to spend money on something unless you knew you needed it.

    However, I would be very tempted to file a countersuit for whatever you can come up with, and/or discuss your case during that initial free consultation. No risk to you, puts a bit of a scare into the plaintiff, and you get some advice and reassurance for a minimal amount of money.

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