Brief details of claim - a concise statement of the nature of your claim and the remedy you want, for example a payment of money.
Claim form – the form you use to start your claim.
Claim Notification Form – the form you use to notify the other side of your claim.
Expert evidence - this is evidence of an expert’s opinion, of what they think or believe about something.
General damages – the amount awarded for the injury itself.
Liability - proving that the problem is legally the defendant’s fault (they breached your legal rights or breached a contract with you).
Litigant in person - a person bringing or defending a claim without a solicitor or barrister.
Loss of amenity – means not being able to do the things including leisure activities which you would normally do. The award covers physical and mental injury.
Low value personal injury claims – these are claims where the personal injury element of the claim is worth over £1,000 and the overall value of the claim is worth under £25,000.
Medical report – a report from a recognised medical practitioner prepared in support of your claim for compensation for personal injury.
Notice of discontinuance – the form you use to tell the court that you want to stop (discontinue) your claim.
Notice of Issue – this tells you that your claim has started and the date it began. It also tells you the case number, the date of service, the method of service and the defendant’s deadline for responding.
Pain – how much it hurts.
Particulars of Claim – a concise written statement of the facts and law on which your claim is based and what you want from the defendant.
Response pack (Form N9) – this explains what the defendant has to do after they receive a claim form and includes the forms the defendant may need.
Schedule of loss – a document listing the losses and expenses you’ve had as a result of the defendant’s conduct.
Special damages - past and future expenses and losses, for example loss of earnings, travel costs, help with childcare.
Suffering – mental anguish which doesn’t amount to a mental illness.
Quantum – the amount of compensation your claim is worth.