In Montana, a victim of bad medicine has at least three years to bring a legal claim for medical malpractice. First, a written claim must be file with the Medical Legal Panel in Helena. Over twenty years ago, the Montana Legislature created MLP to avoid so called frivolous lawsuits. That fear was and remains based on myth not reality. Each med mal lawusit is very expensive to bring and defended to the end by insurance companies who rely on confusing the jury with the complexities of medical terminology rather than accept responsibility for the mistakes made.