Do I need an attorney to file a lawsuit?

A person can file a lawsuit themselves or what is referred to as pro se, but it is not advisable except in small claims cases. Personal injury and other types of litigation are very complex legal matters that require a trained attorney to file a lawsuit and handle all of the procedural matters, discovery, and trial. Small claims court is for cases worth a few thousand dollars or less and they are setup to handle cases where people are not represented by an attorney.