You'd be amazed at what fast talking lawyers can weasel out of a corporation. The truth is irrelevant. Period.
I've been sued (along with another nurse, the DON and administrator). There was no negligence. I don't know what the settlement was. The woman was 97 years old- had a GI bleed bad enough for renal failure requiring dialysis which the family refused. She was a train wreck. And, over the 17 days in the facility, she deteriorated (d'oh). When the doc FINALLY saw fit to send her out, the hospital went nuts- and assumed horrible care- NOT that she refused fluids, had so much fluid on board it "puddled" under her wheelchair from her legs, has skin breakdown that was NOT pressure (I saw it- called/faxed that arsewipe MD about it for days, showed it to my DON- and charted that I did, etc), and on and on. And, she died. Without dialysis for 17 days after it was told she required it.
A granddaughter who NEVER came to see her filed the suit...NOT the family that were attentive. The prosecuting attorneys tried to say she was A&O x4 when she was admitted...I admitted her- she didn't' know her own name- never mind where, when, or why she was. Wanted to know why we didn't feed her...WE DID.. SHE wouldn't eat. MD ordered NOTHING differently. (he, by the way, did NOT get sued- and was notorious about not returning calls).
You don't know who the wolves are- and what Alpha Mongrels they hire.
And- you have to worry about EVERYBODY-- the same outpatient patients DO end up inpatient and become your problem...people sue because they can sue without merit (I am NOT saying that all cases are meritless- there are always things that you don't hear however). People who are likely to sue will find something- or their relatives will.