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Firm Overview

The Albuquerque law firm of Collins & Collins, P.C. helps personal injury clients throughout New Mexico. Our medical malpractice practice also covers all of New Mexico in both state and federal court.

We have represented clients in medical malpractice claims against both private and governmental medical providers. Our governmental claims have included claims against county, state and federal medical providers.

The claims have covered a wide spectrum of medical negligence claims including the most common claims involving diagnostic errors, medication errors, and surgical errors as set forth below. In addition to the brief discussion below, we have quite a bit of reading on our website and blog on each of these topics.

Diagnostic Errors: Diagnostic errors lead the way in medical malpractice cases. They happen with unacceptable frequency with estimates as high as 80,000 deaths per year. Serious harm and injury resulting from diagnostic error is exponentially higher than even these outrageous numbers. Our claims in this area have included failed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis.

Medication Errors: Medication errors occur with even greater frequency, but often with less serious consequences. However, medication errors, particularly failure to monitor possible drug interactions, can prove deadly. Likewise, failure to monitor prescription drug use can lead to deadly consequences resulting from withdrawal. Our medication error claims have included cases involving deadly drug interactions and fatal withdrawal cases.

Birth Injury: Birth injury cases are often the most tragic and damaging cases. These cases can involve the death or permanent harm to the child and/or the mother. We have also filed a number of claims involving birth injuries and birth delivery errors including harm to both the newborn and the mother.

Surgical Error: Surgical error cases are fairly common. There are those cases involving medical malpractice but there are far more frequent cases where the error is a known risk of surgery. In either case, there can be serious, permanent and even fatal consequences to the patient. Unfortunately, there are errors that occur that do not amount to medical malpractice. These require very careful scrutiny and evaluation.

We take these cases very seriously. Because the cases are very difficult and expensive, we have pretty strict case criteria. We do not take these cases on lightly.

In almost all of cases that we review where it appears that medical negligence caused serious personal injury or wrongful death, we have the medical records reviewed by a medical expert prior to committing to move forward with the case. Once the expert says that there was medical malpractice and there were resulting serious injuries or death, we try to move the case along as quickly as possible.

Our website and blog have quite a bit of information about medical malpractice including information on what are often unique deadlines and filing requirements. We have translated a number of the articles into Spanish and we do have a Spanish-speaking attorney on board to assist Spanish speakers.

It is very important to understand the rules and laws governing medical malpractice claims in New Mexico. Violation of the rules can seriously jeopardize your claims. Missing a deadline can bar the claims completely.

Medical malpractice claims are complex and challenging to say the least. It is very important to contact an experience medical malpractice attorney as soon as you suspect medical malpractice has caused you or a loved one serious personal injuries or wrongful death.

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Free Case Review

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We offer a free case review. Each form or other contact from an injured patient is reviewed by at least one of our attorneys, often more than one.

If we believe there is something we can do to help the injured patient, then we conduct a much more thorough review. This will include a review of medical records by the attorneys. If the attorney then believes further evaluation is necessary, we run the case and relevant medical records by a medical expert.

Hourly Rates

Our Medical Malpractice Cases are Contingency Fee Only. This means there are no attorney fees unless we win your case.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Kelly Vincioni

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

English and Spanish

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

The partners at Collins & Collins, P.C. have both been practicing law for quite some time. Parrish Collins started the firm in 2000. Alysan Boothe Collins joined soon thereafter.

Parrish began his career out of law school with a major corporation. During law school, Parrish had clerked with a civil rights professor on summer. After beginning his own practice, he found that it was far more rewarding helping innocent personal injury victims than his work in the corporate world.

Like Parrish, Alysan began her law practice on the other side of the aisle in the personal injury practice. She worked for insurance defense oriented law firms for the most part for the first 10 years of her career. Once the opportunity arose to help those victims who had typically been on the other side of her cases, she was very happy to take on the challenge.

Alysan and Parrish have found their work helping victims very rewarding. This is never more so in the area of medical malpractice where innocent patients and their families' lives are turned upside down at no fault of their own.

To make matters worse, these same innocent victims are regularly vilified in the press as predatory and opportunistic plaintiffs just seeking to make a quick buck at the expense of the poor medical provider just doing his or her best to make the world better.

There is a societal bias against patients harmed by medical negligence in favor of those very medical providers that caused the harm. Reflecting this bias are numerous laws, including the New Mexico Medical Malpractice Act, geared toward protecting medical providers (i.e. their insurance carriers) from responsibility. This leaves the burden, often catastrophic, entirely on the patient and family.

This is very hard on those harmed by medical malpractice. And the fact is that very few patients harmed by medical negligence actually file claims. Among those, very few are successful.

It is estimated that as many as 440,000 Americans are killed each year as a result of preventable medical error. It is estimated that 10 to 20 times that number suffer serious and/or permanent harm.

Yet the number of medical malpractice claims has been falling steadily over the last 20 years or so. Among those claims, a very small percentage results in payouts. The fact is many thousands of innocent patients are harmed or killed each year from medical negligence and only tiny fraction of those are ever compensated.

The fact is the laws are written to protect insurance companies. There is very little consideration of patients or their families in these laws.

Patients need and deserve a voice. That is why we chose our area of practice.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We at believe it is critical that clients educate themselves on their legal matters. We maintain open lines of communication with our clients so that they may contact us anytime with questions on their cases. We provide our clients with copies of everything coming in or leaving our office that relates to their case so they also know the status of their case. In addition, should our clients wish to learn more about the area of the law on their own, we gladly direct them to other sources of information such as, Justia, the Cornell Legal Information Institute, the State Bar of New Mexico, the State of New Mexico District Court Website, and others. This empowers our clients to learn as much about their cases as they desire. A knowledgeable client is good for at Collins & Collins, P.C. and more importantly, it is good for our clients.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Collins and Collins, P.C. does not generally review documents prepared by clients. This issue would rarely arise in the area of personal injury, and especially in the area of medical malpractice.

However, if after our initial case review we find that there are serious injuries that appear to be the result of medical negligence, we do review the medical records.

In addition, we also review the medical notes and diaries of both the medical provider and the injured patient as part of the case evaluation.

Parrish Collins

Parrish practices primarily in the area of personal injury with an emphasis on medical malpractice cases.
License
  • Bar Number: 6736
    New Mexico , 1991
  • Bar Number: 04616130
    Texas , 1989
Education
  • Duke University School of Law
    J.D. , 1989
    Durham, NC
  • Duke University
    M.A. , 1989
    Durham, NC
  • University of Texas
    B.B.A. , 1985
    Austin, TX
    Accounting.

Alysan Boothe Collins

Alysan practices personal injury law throughout New Mexico. Her primary practice areas are medical malpractice and auto accidents.

Alysan has extensive experience in personal injury law and litigation including many years as an insurance defense attorney.

Alysan is totally committed to her clients and their cases and does everything she can from beginning to end to make sure her clients are fully and fairly compensated for their injuries.
License
  • Bar Number: 7432
    New Mexico , 1992
Education
  • Duke University School of Law
    J.D. , 1990
  • University of Texas at Austin
    1986 , B.A.

Augustine Rodriquez

Augustine practices in the area of personal injury and medical malpractice. As a native speaker, Augustine works with the Spanish speaking clients of Collins & Collins, P.C
License
  • Bar Number: 9686
    New Mexico , 1998
Education
  • University of New Mexico School of Law
    J.D. , 1997
  • Idaho State University
    M.A. Environmental Engineering , 1995
  • New Mexico Tech
    B.S. Chemical Engineering , 1991

Courtney Weaks

Courtney practices primarily in the area of criminal defense and DWI. As a former prosecutor, she has extensive experience in the courtroom. She handles all levels of criminal defense and DWI from misdemeanor to felony.

Courtney is fluent in Spanish and has been called upon at times by judges to act as impromptu interpreter for Spanish speaking defendants in the courtroom.

Courtney is passionate about her criminal and DWI defense work. She is serious and thorough in her preparation of her cases as if every case will be going to trial. If and when a case does go to trial, Courtney does not shy away from the challenge of trial and has had many successes as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney.

In addition to your criminal and DWI practice, Courtney also handles divorce and family law matters. She brings the same level of passion and dedication to these cases.
License
  • Bar Number: 28158
    New Mexico , 2007
Education
  • University of New Mexico School of Law
    J.D. , 2007
  • University of Kansas
    B.A. English , 2004

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