It’s possible to handle your personal injury claim on your own, without a legal professional; however, it is not advised. By acting as attorney pro se, you’re subject to the same legal regulations as a licensed attorney, meaning you must file the same paperwork, in the same form, and on the same timeline that an experienced Cleveland personal injury lawyer would be required to.
As a United States citizen, you are legally allowed to file your claim and represent yourself in court. If you choose to do so, you are considered an attorney pro se, or “attorney for oneself.”
If you fail to file any paperwork for your personal injury claim correctly, you will be notified and required to correct your errors and resubmit it. The courts won’t, however, detail exactly what errors you made.
You could spend weeks trying to decipher what mistakes you made and attempting to re-submit the paperwork again and again to the courts. In the meantime, the clock is ticking away on your case. In Ohio, you only have two years from the date of injury in which to file a personal injury claim. If you pass the two-year mark, your case is no longer valid.
This is why it’s imperative to have an experienced Cleveland personal injury lawyer on your side. They’ll ensure your claim is filed correctly and on time, and represent you in court, working to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries
Considering filing a personal injury claim? Call (440) 333-3800 to speak to a Cleveland personal injury lawyer at Mellino Law Firm today.