Depending on the state in which your practice, there are several ways you could be notified of a medical malpractice claim, lawsuit or investigative proceeding:
- Summons and complaint/petition
- Pre-suit notice of intent to sue
- Subpoena, request for records or deposition
- Demand letter
- Communication from a privileging body
- Communication from a medical board
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Early Reporting of Incidents
Early reporting of potential claims, or “incidents,” can make all the difference in NORCAL’s ability to evaluate and defend actions initiated against you. NORCAL features a “good faith” early reporting policy.
Promptly report a potential claim if you experience any of the following:
- Any unexpected result that you believe could produce a claim
- A verbal complaint or threat to sue by either a patient or a patient’s family member about care rendered.
- Request for Medical Records by attorney, copy service or patient.
- Any situation in which a potential claim could be avoided with an appropriate action or response.
- Request for meetings, interviews, verbal or written statements regarding patient care.
The information presented here is not intended to replace case-specific advice from either your legal counsel or NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company.