When you make a claim, you will be referred to as the ‘claimant’, and the person you are claiming against is the ‘defendant’.
Once instructed, your solicitor will gather evidence to show that the defendant was responsible for your injury. This will include your medical records, witness statements from you and your family, and reports from expert medical witnesses. In the majority of cases, defendants will prepare their own evidence.
Most medical negligence claims don’t end in a full trial, and it is unlikely that you will have to give evidence in court. The legal procedure rules encourage people to resolve claims without going to court, and the claimant and the defendant can offer to settle the claim at any point in the process. The vast majority of claims will conclude like this.