If you are a New Mexico resident who has been injured at the hands of a medical professional, you may be interested in holding him or her responsible for his or her actions. While you may understand that a mistake was made, the mistake may have cost you a lot — emotionally, physically and mentally. Therefore, you may want to file a medical malpractice suit.

First and foremost, you should speak to the medical professional to find out what happened. In some cases, a doctor may be willing to do something to remedy the situation so that it does not go beyond you and him or her. For example, a doctor may be willing to provide a certain service for free to provide a solution. When this does not work, contact the medical licensing board. The board may be able to issue a warning and/or discipline the doctor.

If you decide to move forward with legal action, you need to understand that there are statutes of limitations. In other words, there is a time limit as to how long you have to file a lawsuit after an injury occurs. Otherwise, you run the risk of waiving your rights to seek and obtain compensation for the injuries that you sustained.

Because of the complexities of medical malpractice cases, you may want to speak to a New Mexico attorney about your situation. An attorney will be able to provide you with detailed information regarding the statute of limitations and review your case to verify that it does indeed have merit. Together, you and an attorney can determine the best course of action going forward.

Source: FindLaw, “First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case“, Accessed on Mar. 2, 2016