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You certainly should contact your malpractice insurance carrier immediately. Your policy
actually likely requires you to contact them as soon as you find out there is a possible claim or else they will not cover you for that claim. They will even likely pay for you to obtain an attorney to represent you in this action. Contacting your carrier really will not be something you have to disclose to the plaintiff unless you are asked in court or in a deposition.
You should NOT feel comfortable in the hospital's representation. It is possible that their interest aligns with yours. However, if they do not align on an issue then the hospital attorney will do what is in the best interest of the hospital regardless of how it affects you. Nothing you tell the hospital attorney is protected under privilege. The hospital lawyer works for the hospital and not you so anything you tell that lawyer can be disclosed and used against you.
Finally, you should not disclose your journal unless specifically asked. You should tell YOUR (not the hospital) attorney about the journal and let them make the decision on release of the journal or not.
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