I haven't been sued yet personally but, I'm sure it's going to happen because we do get sued a lot in California. We're actually under federal court receivership.
Why are the inmates successful with some lawsuits? Because they've got some liberal judges out of San Francisco who love inmates. However, these judges (who are Jimmy Carter appointees) are very old and I think things will change once some of the Republican appointees take over these cases.
These inmate lawyers love to sue because the state has deep pockets and ... the state's lawyers don't always do a good job of defending these cases so it can be a gold mine for some of these law firms.
As far as narcotics ... we get these demands a lot but, the inmate better have cancer, a broken jaw or some really serious condition to justify getting narcotics. Otherwise, Tylenol and Motrin is all they get.
I do worry about lawsuits and do as much as I can to CYA ... BUT, at the same time, when an inmate starts threatening me ... I don't hestitate to write them up.
I've sent two of them to the hole ... one who did threaten me with a lawsuit and, another one who previously won a fairly large judgement against the state over medical care (not mine).
I give them good care but, if they misbehave despite my efforts then ... I am not going to tolerate it. I'd rather just explain it to the judge if it comes to that, rather than tolerate abuse from inmates because ... once you tolerate abuse from inmates ... it never ends.
I have my own liability insurance so, if the state's lawyers screw up then, I'll just defend my own case if necessary. I've been to court before for non-nursing related cases and most judges, at least in my experience, are pretty reasonable so ... if an inmate wants to take me to court .... so be it.