Social worker at hospital


#1

Maybe this is my final question for the day so you will get a break from me :slight_smile:

Someone told me that typically social workers are supposed to be subpoenaed to court to testify in person. Is that correct? … or can I just send an affidavit to be signed by the social worker from the hospital basically stating that she told me not to call my ex about my son’s visit to the hospital because the case was being turned over to DSS for investigation?

Also, I am in the process of getting the social worker’s assessment from the Medical Records Department to verify everything that was told to me on the night my son was taken to the hospital in case opposing attorney tries to argue against any statements being made that night since it was almost 2 years ago.

Could I then use the affidavit (if that is an option) and the social worker’s assessment from the medical records to verify what was told to me and to show that there is no alteration in facts based on this being so long ago?

His attorney is a great smooth-talker and uses anything to win her case so I want to be prepared. I would rather use an affidavit so I won’t have to do a lot of talking as I am doing this pro se and I will be nervous about questioning a witness on the stand.


#2

The social worker can submit an affidavit, however if you need to have anything from the social worker’s report read into evidence, the social worker must be in court to testify, otherwise the report is inadmissible hearsay.