Normally yes. The problem is that the cases are very expensive to pursue, and very hard to win. You should talk to a few attorneys before you decide to file it yourself. If a number of attorneys turn down the case, it usually means it is a hard case to win or your damages are too small.
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In theory you can. In practice, if you do you will certainly lose the case. These cases are challenging even for expert lawyers.
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Technically, yes, you can pursue a case against a physician without an attorney. But you'd be setting yourself up for (1) disappointment and a sure loss; and (2) the likelihood of having to pay the physician's defense costs and possibly attorney's fees (this depends a lot on South Carolina law of which I'm not familiar).
Medical malpractice claims are ridiculously complicated. In most states they are governed by a specific, independent set of laws (in other words, different from "plain negligence" like car wreck cases, etc.) Medical experts must be retained. Many states impose stiff penalties for plaintiffs that file cases that are deemed "frivolous"; they usually define "frivolous" in such a way to include most legitimate claims. The short bottom line: a non-lawyer plaintiff that handles a malpractice case by himself/herself will be rolled by the defense in about 75 days or less.
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