Q How do I know if I have been sued as a nurse and what do I do?

A A knock on your front door may be the first clue that you have been sued. A process server—someone who “serves” or delivers a copy of a lawsuit to the person who has been named as a defendant—may come to your house and personally hand a copy of the lawsuit to you. A process server has no personal connection to the case.

Service of a law suit is very important and must be done according to certain rules, including timing, method of service, and acceptance of service. If a defendant is not appropriately served, he or she may not be part of the lawsuit.

Some employers accept service on the nurse’s behalf. Most likely , the employer has been named as a defendant along with the nurse, and both are served...

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