How to Write a Letter of Intent for Malpractice

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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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Establish the minimum amount of money you will accept to settle the case.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Advise clearly the specific deadline for payment of the proposed settlement or you will take further legal action--file a lawsuit.

Step 5

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


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