I am being sued and I am scared to death

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rehabnurse
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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 169
   Posted 9/16/2007 1:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I posted this in Chronic pain as well, but since this has caused me so much anxiety and panic, I wanted to post it with my new friends on this board who know what it feels like to have no control and be worried out of their mind, anxiety coursing through their veins, panic setting in.....


I came home today to find a business card taped to my door saying I need to contact them for delivery of court documents. I am scared out of my wits, because it has both my married and maiden name on it, and the only people that know both was my former work. Which means this most likely could be a lawsuit against me from being a nurse. I don't know.
I don't know anything about the law, other than whenever I've needed one, I AM SCARED TO DEATH. I just don't like being involved in stuff like this, it sets in horrible anxiety and I can't stand it. I have been shaking since my friend brought me the card on the door. I can't settle down, and its 4 am. The anxiety is raging up my pain, every muscle in my body is tense, and I am so scared. I don't even know what it's about, and that is making it worse.
To make matters even worse, I don't know what I'll do once I get these papers. I have no money, no income, trying to file for SSDI, and have NO assets whatsoever. So whoever/whatever is suing me, I don't know how they'll squeeze any money out of me. I can't afford a lawyer, that's for sure. So what is a broke, loser, nearly homeless, person to do???
I probably won't even be able to get these papers until Monday, which means I have another whole day to wallow in anxiety, which means my pain will be through the roof. My mind keeps racing about what this could be about?? Is a former patient suing me??? I don't know of any other person who could sue me, unless it is a bill I haven't paid in the past 8 months for not having income. Who knows. Oh my god, I am so scared. I HATE lawyers, I HATE court, I HATE legal ANYTHING. I would do most anything to never have to deal with this stuff.
If I get hauled in front of a judge, what is he going to do?? If I have to pay someone, what will they do if I have no income, no job, no way of coming up with the money??? Will they put me in jail??? I may sound like an idiot, but I don't know how any of this legal stuff works. Oh, all this pain and anxiety and panic from one little business card. I don't want to go to jail. I have no assets, so if these people want money, they'll be waiting for a long time, unless they want to speed up the SSDI process and then take all of that money.
I know I am rambling on here, but I am just so upset. I am shaking, crying, mind racing trying to think of WHAT this is about, how I am going to fight, how I will get a lawyer with no money, how I will pay whoever is suing me with NO assets or money to my name. If they are looking for money, they are suing the WRONG person, that's for sure, cause I have NONE.
Oh what to do?? What to do?? Any advice??? My ativan is doing NOTHING for me right now. Nothing. I am scared to DEATH. The last thing I need with chemo is stress. I don't need anymore stress in my life. I think I have quite ENOUGH on my plate as it is. How much more can one person take?? Why don't they just lock me up in solitary now and throw away the key???
Please guys, prayers and good thoughts most appreciated.

DX: DDD, DJD, HNP L2-S1, OA, OP, intractable pain, severe asthma, COPD, migraines, endometriosis, uterine ca, PCOS, metabolic syndrome, chronic epstien-barr virus, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, PTSD, avoidant personality disorder, social phobia, SLE, connective tissue disorder

MEDS: MS Contin 100mg q 6; MSIR 30mg q 6 PRN; Celebrex 200mg QD; Actiq 600mcg q 6 PRN; Lamactil 25mg BID; Klonopin 0.5mg BID, Cymbalta 60mg QD;
Ventolin 2 puffs q 6; Advair 500/50 one puff q 12, Multivitamin
DX: DDD, DJD, HNP L2-S1, OA, OP, intractable pain, severe asthma, COPD, migraines, endometriosis, uterine ca, PCOS, metabolic syndrome, chronic epstien-barr virus, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, PTSD, avoidant personality disorder, social phobia, SLE, connective tissue disorder

MEDS: MS Contin 100mg q 6; MSIR 30mg q 6 PRN; Celebrex 200mg QD; Actiq 600mcg q 6 PRN; Lamactil 25mg BID; Klonopin 0.5mg BID, Cymbalta 60mg QD;
Ventolin 2 puffs q 6; Advair 500/50 one puff q 12, Multivitamin


debaser
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1745
   Posted 9/16/2007 2:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,

First of all how do you know they are suing you? Typically, if you were a defendant, a process server would not leave their card on your door. That would give you a head's up and the opportunity to evade them. Likely it is something else...there's really no telling what. It's certainly not worth worrying about until you know what's up.

From what you describe this is a civil matter, and if you have no assets then they're not going to go to the expense of suing you. If you are a defendant, then you're likely one of many and small potatoes, so to speak. It would probably be very easy to get dismissed from the suit.

Anyway, it may not have anything to do with your former employer. Believe me, there are ways of getting ALL of your old names.

This really could be anything. Possibly you witnessed a traffic accident a few years ago and all they had was your plate number? Do you own or have an interest in any real property? It could be an Eminent Domain suit, in which case you're more than likely going to be HAPPY this is happening.

If it turns out that you do need legal representation, contact the local chapter of your state's bar association. They will be able to hook you up with an attorney for free or on a sliding scale.

But, really, if YOU don't already know what this is about, then chances are it's nothing. Please do not worry. Come back on Monday after your served and let us know what it's all about. If the absolute worst happens and you are sued and a judgment found against you, you're not going to go to jail. Debtor's prisons are a thing of the past! The ancient past.

So forget about it until Monday, and check in when you know more. I cannot give legal advice but I can certainly nudge you in the right direction once more is known.
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Howlyncat
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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 9/16/2007 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi RN......
Why would they sue you over " being a Nurse"??

I am sorry you are in so much pain but D has given great advice to you and I believe it is spot on.....

Please do post on Monday and let us know what is going on

This makes absoultely no sense as D has said they would not put a card on your door if their intention was suing as you could " just disappear."

I am really intrigued and would appreciate knowing how you make out as I know only too well how stress can make the pain woirse

I am a chronic pain person as well ..........

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