I was contacted by a nurse who was served with a subpoena for a deposition in a medical malpractice case. The nurse provided care to the patient.
The nurse doesn't have professional liability insurance. The deposition is scheduled for this month.
The nurse isn't a party to the lawsuit however of she is concerned about protecting her interests and not incriminating herself. She of course is nervous. She wants to hire legal counsel to prepare for the deposition and attend the deposition with her.
Guess what? She will have to retain her own legal counsel. Why?
1. She doesn't have her own professional liability insurance. A policy like the one available with Nursing Service Organization (NSO) would provide reimbursement for attorney representation at the deposition. See www.nso.org. (I am not in any way or fashion affiliated with or employed by NSO).
2. Her former employed was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit and has no obligation to provide her with legal representation or the services of its legal counsel for the deposition.
Consider purchasing your own individual professional liability insurance policy. Like other forms of insurance, you don't need it until you need it but when you do need it, its there.