When you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you will want to immediately consult with a personal injury attorney. Your attorney will discuss the facts of your case, gather information, and create a legal strategy in order to get you the compensation you are entitled to. Part of that process is sending a settlement demand letter. Generally, a demand letter is sent after you have completed your initial medical treatment, or you are close to finishing the bulk of your medical treatment. This makes your damages more ascertainable and documented. Here is generally what a demand letter will consist of:
This is where you state your name, the very basic facts regarding how you obtained your injury, and who caused it. You may also briefly list the type of damages you have sustained and a general sense of your demands for settlement.
Statement of Facts
This is the area of your demand letter in which you go into more detail regarding the facts of what happened that led to your injury. Your attorney will ask you for this information in order to write your demand letter. Make sure to document everything in chronological order and be very concise and stick to the facts only.
Injuries & Necessary Treatment
This section of your settlement demand letter will detail the injuries you obtained, medical treatment that was required, and any continuing therapy that you require. Make sure to be precise when listing doctors, specialties, procedures, and medications.
You may also have several sections that detail your out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Make sure to be specific in what you are claiming and be able to itemize the damages accordingly.
Your attorney may also attach exhibits that strengthen the impact of your letter. These attached exhibits should back up your argument and support the calculation of your damages.