I received a letter late Friday telling me I was a "fact witness" , NOT a defendant, in a lawsuit regarding a procedure I was involved in, last April 2001! Has anyone else ever had this happen? I am now to the point where at least I don't hyperventilate anymore when I look at the letter. I feel like *I* did something wrong (the patient died) but I am not the one being sued, and I can't think of anything I did wrong anyways. But I also don't remember that much about it at this point. I am very nervous, any advice out there? Is this something I need to get my own counsel for? I do have nursing liability insurance, am I supposed to call my insurance co. about it too? help, please!
I of course will be calling the lawyers who sent me the letter tomorrow, and going from there, but I know you guys will help me!
Jun 9, '02
[QUOTE]Originally posted by catlady
for a fact, and to what was written on the paper. I would *not* try to "refresh my memory." That, IMO, is the same as inventing new memories; i.e., totally unreliable.
My statement about her refreshing her memories was not
meant as a suggestion to invent or contribe anything! What I meant was to try and remember the situation. Maybe I didn't state it well enough...but I surely didn't think someone anyone would think to imply that I was saying to lie..or fabricate something...especially since I did say don't
There are many situations that happened in the past years...that if I sat down and really thought about it I could probably remember a lot more than I thought I did! My opinion was not one to say...make up anything
but to be aware...that there are times...just as you stated that an attorney will try and get you to say or agree to things that didn't happen. My feelings were...not to say anything until you had sat down and really thought about it! Getting a copy of the chart is another way! And yes after talking to a friend I found out that this is something that is done...as each party is allowed to have a copy. Please don't make remarks....about what your assumptions were about something I wrote! Ask me what I meant...please
I just love the way people think they know what you are thinking...but totally have no clue..
Last edit by Brownms46 on Jun 9, '02
Jun 9, '02
Originally posted by catlady
I wasn't suggesting anything of the sort. It is my belief that when you try to "refresh" your memory by using charts, thinking hard, or whatever, that your memory begins to fill in with an alternate reality! There has been a lot of research supporting the theory that anyone's mind can easily be tricked into creating new memories by being presented with new material. The brain absorbs the new material into the old context, and, voila, a "memory" is born. And it's not contrived, or deliberate, or invented; it seems totally real to the person, yet it clearly isn't. That's why, even though I had a very vague recollection of the case at hand, I didn't try to look back and force something that wasn't there already. My memory is my memory.
I just love the way *you* thought you knew how I was thinking....Sheesh.
I have decided from your subsequent posts..I had you pegged...from the beginning...and shouldn't have even doubted my thoughts.
Last edit by Brownms46 on Jun 14, '02