Malpractice insurance? - page 2

Hello everyone, I was wondering what everyone thought about personal malpractice insurance. I have heard pros and cons about holding your own insurance. I just don't know which way to go. Any... Read More

  1. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from TheCommuter
    ... You can and will still be named in a lawsuit even if you do not carry insurance. Lawyers can find other ways to suck money out of you. They'll take your house, retirement account, savings, checking, car(s) and anything that will net some cash.
    Absolutely on the spot!
  2. by   Schatzi RN CEN
    I have been told that if you are named in a lawsuit as co-defendand besides your employer, and if the employer looses, they may come back on you and sue you for their losses.
    If your malpractice insurance is carried by your employer, it may not cover you in that case. So I think it is good to be covered through your own malpractice insurance.
  3. by   RainDreamer
    Quote from elkpark
    The discussions/debates about individual professional liability insurance on this board always focus on a nurse's (admittedly slim) chances of being included in a malpractice suit, but there's more to the issue than that. Most nursing professional liability insurance policies include coverage for legal representation if you're called before the BON for any sort of disciplinary action against your license -- you're much more likely to find yourself in that situation at some point in your career than you are to be sued for malpractice. Also, many (most?) policies include coverage for legal representation if you're called to be deposed or testify as a witness in a malpractice suit.

    If you choose to "go bareback" (without your own insurance) because you just don't think insurance is necessary as a nurse, period, that's certainly your choice to make and I'm not going to try to change your mind. However, if you are not buying your own coverage because you believe that you are protected by your employer's insurance, I urge you to think again!

    I've worked for several years as a hospital surveyor/investigator for my state and the Feds, and I cannot tell you how many times I have personally witnessed hospitals/facilities attempt to avoid responsibility/liability for a bad outcome (suspicious patient death, serious injury, etc.), either in terms of getting cited by the state or Feds for deficient practice or in terms of a potential lawsuit by patient/family members, by scapegoating a particular nurse (who, often, hadn't done anything worse than just be the RN who happened to be caring for that patient on that shift) and, as a pre-emptive and self-protective gesture, promptly firing her/him. If you were to find yourself in that unfortunate situation, 1) the moment the hospital blames and fires you, you're no longer covered under their policy, and 2) no insurance company on earth will sell you a policy to cover you for an event/incident that has already occurred -- so you, as the nurse, are left out in the cold, completely on your own. If you do end up needing an attorney for any reason connected to the incident, whether it's being named in a suit, having to go before the BON (guess what else the hospital does at the same time they fire you, to reinforce their claim that you're a BAD NURSE and it (whatever "it" was) was all your fault????), or just being called as a witness in a case against the physician and/or hospital, you're going to have to pay for that person out of your own pocket, and just the first hour of consultation will cost you more than the annual premium for your own coverage would have ...

    For me, it's a no-brainer -- best $100 (roughly) I spend every year. My father, a physician, advised me 'way back when I was in nursing school to never think about practicing without my own liability coverage, and everything I've seen over the >20 years I've been in nursing has just reinforced for me the wisdom of that advice.
    Thank you so much for this post. I'm a new nurse trying to decide on whether to get my own liability coverage. Very informative, thank you.
  4. by   nuangel1
    i have always carried my own malpractice insurance sine nsg scoool .its in my best interest the hospital insurance isnot enough .the hopsital lawyer is not enough .its the best money i spend for 95$/yr.and hospital insurance only helps you if you are being sued in line of duty as nurse at hospital .private insurance will cover you no matter where when gives me peace of mind.i have never been sued thankfully.
  5. by   nicolel1182
    I work thru the state of California and needed to get my own - it was $45 thru NSO. Not bad!