After many years’ experience dealing with serious injury claims, particularly those involving spinal injury, head and brain injury and amputation and multiple fractures, Simon is a recognised expert in the field.
He has acted exclusively for injured claimants throughout his long career and has worked for many trade unions. He was also involved in the formation of the Migrant Workers Network for Unite.
Simon is also involved with charities including the Spinal Injuries Association, Back Up Trust and Headway, for whom he acts as treasurer of the local Leeds branch.
Simon recognises the importance of early rehabilitation and therapy; his primary objective is to ensure that his clients are provided with therapeutic support and appropriate adaptations and equipment, funded by interim payments. It is only once those measures are in place that he considers final monetary compensation. After that, he makes sure that his clients are provided with long term support in relation to financial investment and contact with appropriate support groups. His largest claim to date resulted in a total gross award of £6.25 million.
Simon's case experience
- Secured £5 million for a former soldier who was working as a security officer in Iraq when he was involved in a road traffic accident which resulted in fractures to his spine and damage to his spinal cord rendering him tetraplegic.
- Recovered £3 million in compensation for an 11-year-old boy who was struck by a car while crossing the road behind an ice cream van directly outside his home. He suffered a fractured leg and a severe brain injury which rendered him tetraplegic.
- Secured more than £1 million for a migrant worker from Poland who was working on a construction site when he was instructed to move a block of concrete weighing over two tonnes without lifting equipment. The block crushed him causing massive internal injuries to his pelvic area, including a number of spinal fractures and crush fractures to his pelvis and legs.
Simon is a member and regional co-ordinator for Yorkshire of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, a position that he has held for almost a decade, and as a result frequently lectures on health and safety issues and personal injury law. He is also a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel.