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Has anyone been asked to speak with their facility's attorneys?

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Specializes in Trauma, ER, ICU~CCRN,CNRN.

One of our previous patients developed heel pressure ulcers. The family is now suing our facility. My name is on the chart as I assessed and documented the ulcers when they were discovered by my LPN. (I am the facility's charge nurse 2 nights/week) Now I've been told the facility's lawyers want to ask me some questions. Some advice here would be great.

Should I contact a lawyer?

Anyone else have this experience?

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Consult an attorney first. 

 

Generally, never talk to a lawyer without your own lawyer involved.  Even in a situation where their lawyer probably wants to talk because he's defending you also, always get your own lawyer just in case they try to make you take the fall.

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

If it were me here, YES!  At minimum, I'd be contacting my own insurance malpractice coverage just for gen'l info on how to proceed.

Even if this might just be a fact-finding informational meeting, I know that a facility's attorneys represent the FACILITY, and NOT me. And with that caveat, I can see the potential for them to be looking out for their own best interests, whereby I could easily become the 'sacrificial lamb' if push came to shove.

OP - I see where you have some good strong RN experience. I'm sure you've heard all the theories & horror stories. And I don't mean to be telling you things you may already know. But I'd be erring on the safe side. Which is why you're also asking, I think. 

Good luck & watch out for yourself.