You do not have to hire an attorney to handle your personal injury claim in Georgia. However, in most cases, it will be in your best interests to consider it. If nothing else, you can get a free consultation to get a better idea of what your claim will look like and whether or not an attorney can help you get where you want to be.
Choosing to work with a lawyer is beneficial for many reasons. Attorneys are familiar with laws, court decisions, and regulations that are relevant to your case. They know how to prepare initial pleadings and how to respond to motions. They have the resources to investigate your case ad injuries, and they know how to obtain and present information. An attorney also knows how to present the evidence and testimony that will prove your case and injuries. Attorneys are skilled in the courtroom, and they know when and how to act in your best interests.
If you represent yourself, meaning that you are proceeding pro se, you will have to adhere to the same standards that an attorney would when it comes with procedures and laws. Nobody will be able to help with the preparation or presentation of your case, so you will truly be on your own.