If you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice, consider filing a lawsuit. There are some preliminary matters to undertake in advance of filing a lawsuit against a medical provider. Chief among these preliminary matters is the need to write a letter of intent to sue for malpractice. Indeed, in some states there is a law in place that requires a person to deliver such a letter of intent before filing a lawsuit against a medical or health care provider.
Set forth the basic facts surrounding your medical malpractice claim at the start of the letter of intent to sue. You do not need to go into great detail. A basic outline consisting of a few paragraphs is sufficient to convey the fundamental facts surrounding the malpractice claim.
Establish the minimum amount of money you will accept to settle the case.
Include a statement that you suffered significant losses as the result of the alleged malpractice. Examples of these losses and injuries include medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of income.
Advise clearly the specific deadline for payment of the proposed settlement or you will take further legal action--file a lawsuit.
Deliver the letter to the person or facility that is the subject of your claim via Certified Mail, return receipt requested.
- "Medical Malpractice Law and Litigation;" Beth Walston-Dunham; 2005
- "Medical Malpractice;" Frank A. Sloan, Lindsey M. Chepke; 2008
- "Medical Liability in a Nutshell;" Marcia Boumil, Clifford E. Elias & Diane Bissonette Moes; 2003
Mike Broemmel began writing in 1982. He is an author/lecturer with two novels on the market internationally, "The Shadow Cast" and "The Miller Moth." Broemmel served on the staff of the White House Office of Media Relations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science from Benedictine College and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University. He also attended Brunel University, London.