INJURY BLOG
Will Self-Representation Save Me Money?

Madeleine Costa September 28, 2021

Kim Welch Law is a personal injury and bankruptcy firm serving Colorado Springs and Las Vegas, as well as the surrounding communities. We are dedicated to helping individuals who have found themselves injured in an accident through no fault of their own. With nearly 30 years of experience, Kim Welch is able to utilize her knowledge of personal injury cases to conduct thorough research, create a compelling strategy and provide experienced legal advice. 

Ms. Welch believes in educating her clients, and helping them understand their legal situations as much as possible. In an effort to ease her clients’ minds, Ms. Welch is always eager to answer any questions her clients may have. A lot of the time, people come to our law firm and their only understanding of legal matters is what they’ve seen on television or read in the news. Unfortunately, many legal cases are made more dramatic for the sake of entertainment. One popular myth many people ask about is if representing yourself will save you money. You may be wondering why this isn’t true, and we’re about to explain why.

Why Pro Se Representation Isn’t Always The Answer

Representing yourself pro se in court means you are deciding to represent yourself without an attorney. If you don’t give it too much thought, this may seem like an easy way to save money. No attorney fees means saving thousands of dollars, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. While choosing to forego a lawyer may initially save you some money, it will likely end up costing you much more in the long run. Some reasons why it can be more costly to represent yourself include:

  1. You don’t have the legal education or experience to effectively advocate for yourself in most situations..
    • Lawyers spend years learning about the area of law they’re interested in, and dedicate their time to continually expanding their legal knowledge. Lawyers advise their clients to take certain actions and make certain arguments because of their years of experience in the field. Without a lawyer by your side, you’ll be making decisions that may wind up costing you your case or costing you a lot of money in unobtained settlement funds.
  2. You are responsible for compiling evidence and completing research.
    • If you choose to represent yourself, you’ll have to compile your own evidence. This is an overwhelming task that most personal injury lawyers have their legal team help them complete. Without help, you’ll have to find a way to gather all of the necessary police reports, medical records and witness statements. You’ll also be responsible for submitting evidence in a timely manner.
  3. Understanding the complexities of settlements.
    • Having a lawyer on your side is immensely beneficial in many ways, but especially when it comes to helping their clients understand if a settlement is “good” or “bad.” For example, you may receive a settlement offer and accept it because you think it’s a fair deal and you’d rather settle than go to court. When you have a lawyer, your lawyer takes the time to meticulously calculate all of your expenses, including possible future expenses, and craft a fair settlement number based on that information. 

Receive Experienced Legal Representation With Kim Welch Law

The above reasons are just a few of the reasons why deciding to take the pro se representation route can become a very costly and unwise decision. At Kim Welch Law, we’re passionate about steadfastly fighting our client’s cases and helping them make the most financially rewarding decisions. If you’ve been injured and are looking for a team to support you throughout your legal fight, we’re here for you! Please contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation so we can learn more about your unique situation and begin building your case.