Pulled from floor by "Men in Black" - page 2

I was working, and a group of suited up men pulled me from the floor and asked me questions about a patient's care. Afterwards, my charge nurse said that more than likely there is a law suit in the... Read More

  1. by   RNperdiem
    Had you spoken with your hospital's legal department before being accosted by these guys?
    I would not have given out any information at all.
  2. by   CrunchRN
    How bizarre
  3. by   bbuerke
    The OP did not say she answered the questions. She simply stated that she was pulled into a room and asked questions, not whether she answered them. Either way it's weird, and of course we can't give out any info because of HIPAA. Besides, anything they need to know *should* be in the medical record. If someone has questions about a patient's care like that they need to get an authorization from the patient and review the records. If they need more info than that, they can send in a subpoena.

    I hope for your sake, you did not reveal any private patient information. Good luck to you.
  4. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from bbuerke
    The OP did not say she answered the questions. She simply stated that she was pulled into a room and asked questions, not whether she answered them.
    True. However, the line "if the family sues the hospital, would I be required to testify?" leads one to believe she spoke.

    I wonder if the OP is going to respond here?
  5. by   DidiRN
    I've got a feeling that these suits really were hospital lawyers or upper management or something. OP didn't explain it in much detail.
  6. by   AgentBeast
    Quote from CrunchRN
    How bizarre
  7. by   Esme12
    OK.....I think we have established that she should never talk to anyone about anything without the hospitals lawyers, management,administration being aware.

    As per the Terms of Service we cannot offer legal advice.

    OP....Please notify your manager immediately. Talk to no one. Leave details OFF the internet. If this involved a patient you cared for notify your malpractice insurance immediately. Yes this happens. Yes you can be subpoenaed to court as a witness, a defendant if you are being sued, as to give evidence and depositioned.

    Tell the truth. If you don't know the answer then say so. Be honest. Talk to no one. Let the facility/manager know. If they didn't belong to the hospital they KNOW they were doing wrong......but will do whatever it takes to get what they want.

    ((HUGS)) Talk to a lawyer.
  8. by   ProgressiveActivist
    Notify your malpractice insurance carrier of this potential suit.
  9. by   ktwlpn
    I've seen similar scenarios,I'm not doubting the veracity of the OP.
  10. by   classicdame
    at the very least you should tell them that you need permission from your Risk Manager before talking to anyone. Hope this does not come back to bite you
  11. by   mikala3
    They were the hospitals legal team. They gave me their card, my manager was present

    I have left out details...
    Last edit by Esme12 on Oct 11, '12 : Reason: TOS
  12. by   mikala3
    ps: One of them was a risk manager.
  13. by   RNsRWe
    Oh, the difference some details make! Yeesh! Here we were freaking out over something that....well, wasn't quite what we thought.

    Anyway....at this point, I think you'd be wise to not speak about it online, and perhaps ask that this thread be dumped. Just my two cents