Q: I just got witness summoned to ND. I now reside in NE. 1300mi rnd trip, plus food/lodging. Do I have to go?
A immobile woman was found to have 2 broken legs, because the N.A. on the floor 4hrs. before my shift, had transferred her to bed, without assistance. She is now having charges brought against her. I am on disability and walk with braces and cane. My muscles are fading away slowly. In my opinion 4+/gal for gas, and only 2800/mo income. I owe one hosp. alone 9000. This is hardship for us. And the most I can say is, "I charted deep bruising", but not the broken legs, because how does someone that can't move, break their legs. I got fired for not sending her to the hospital, and let my L.P.N. lic. expire. I worked the 7pm to 7am shift, she was in bed when I arrived at jobsite, and no one charted she had done anything different then any other day. This happened in 2019. And no the summons didn't come from anyone in Nebraska, just from regular postal system, without certified return.
A: You would need to talk with an attorney who practices in North Dakota if that is where the subpoena came from. At least in Nebraska, there are rules about having to compensate witnesses to appear at a hearing.
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