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filing medical malpractice claim without lawyer

Filing a medical malpractice suit can be strenuous while attempting to pay for continuing medical treatment.

It is even more stressful if you are disabled or have an ongoing injury or illness due to malpractice but want to file the lawsuit yourself. 

Overall, this is a tremendous challenge to take on without a lawyer. In fact, doing so may cause you more harm than good.

If you are wondering how to file a medical malpractice lawsuit without a lawyer, be aware that it would be hard to win your case without legal representation. 

Below, the team at Poulos & Coates go over how to file a medical malpractice claim on your own.

If you have questions or would like to speak with an experienced New Mexico medical malpractice lawyer, please contact us today.

How to File a Medical Malpractice Suit on My Own in New Mexico

The difficulty of filing a medical malpractice suit on your own depends on the state where you live.

Determining how to file a medical malpractice lawsuit without a medical malpractice lawyer is possible but not recommended. 


If you choose to file on your own, the first thing you would have to do is keep a paper trail of everything.

This paper trail includes medical bills and other documentation that can be used as evidence.

New Mexico Statute of Limitations

You must also ensure that you meet the New Mexico statute of limitations for filing your claim.

Generally, in New Mexico, the time limit for filing a medical malpractice claim is three years from the date the malpractice occurred. 

The Medical Review Panel

Additionally, you need to send your case to a medical review panel in New Mexico before you will be permitted to file a lawsuit.

The “clock” running on the statute of limitations pauses while the committee reviews your claim.

All in all, you can file this suit without a lawyer, but it likely will not be a good use of your time. These are only a few of the first steps an attorney would help you take.

Call us about your case so one of our attorneys at Poulos & Coates can get to work. Call now at 575-523-4444

The Defense 

The defendant’s attorney will know all these initial steps. They will also understand how to file motions and adhere to specific court procedures.

Insurance companies can be difficult to battle against as well. They could try to undermine your case in ways you may not expect.

An attorney would already have expertise in this area and can help you succeed. 

What About the Cost?

It may seem challenging to hire a lawyer. Even still, representing yourself in a medical malpractice case may not be a good choice.

A medical malpratice lawyer can ensure that you are adequately represented when negotiating a settlement or arguing on your behalf at trial. 

Also, most medical malpractice lawyers, including our own, represent their clients on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that the attorneys are not paid unless you are awarded damages.

The contingency-fee system also applies to settlements where the case is not taken to court. 

How the Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Poulos & Coates Can Help

The medical malpractice attorneys at Poulos & Coates are here to ensure that you file your claim correctly.

We deeply care about our clients and want to reduce the burden this has put on you and your family. Our malpractice lawyers are in the courtroom almost daily and can help you navigate your case.

Call us toll-free today at ​​1-888-478-5424 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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Greig Coates, M.D., J.D.

Over the last thirty years, Dr. Coates has successfully represented plaintiffs in every conceivable type of medical malpractice lawsuit–from single-physician cases to complex litigation involving over a dozen doctors and several hospitals. Dr. Coates has taken several thousand physician depositions in his career involving every known physician specialty and sub-specialty, and almost as many depositions involving hospital personnel such as nurses, techs, and administrators. He has tried several dozen cases to successful verdicts.

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