Many New Yorkers find themselves faced with personal injury, the loss of a loved one or extensive property damage that happened as a result of someone's negligence or deliberate action. Sometimes, criminal charges are filed against the at-fault person. Other times, it is strictly a civil matter, and insurance companies are responsible to pay for losses. The most serious occurrences often end up as wrongful death claims that eventually lead to trial.
A question often on the minds of injured parties is whether or not they need an attorney if they want to file a lawsuit. The simple answer is no, it isn't required by the New York judiciary. Without legal counsel representing a claimant, he or she is known as self-represented or pro se. What a person might wish to consider, however, is exactly what is involved, and what is at stake for the family.