Simon Parford: Partner, Solicitor and former Head of Clinical Negligence.

Simon is a member of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Specialist Panel (for which he was one of the original Assessors).

Simon is a member of AvMA’s (Action against Medical Accidents) Clinical Negligence Specialist Panel.

Simon is a Fellow of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers).

Simon is also an APIL accredited clinical negligence and brain injury specialist.

Simon has undertaken Claimant clinical negligence litigation since 1986 and has specialised exclusively in this area of work since 1991.

Simon’s specialist areas of interest are child and adult brain injury claims and spinal injury claims.

Simon has investigated dozens of such claims and has achieved many multi-million pound settlements; the largest claim to date, which is believed to be the largest settlement ever in a personal injury or clinical negligence case, being in excess of £33.4 million.

Simon has recovered over £100 million for his clients.

These claims are almost always difficult, complicated claims involving complex medical issues and very substantial quantum.

Simon has extensive experience of investigating Cerebral Palsy Claims, as well as Brain Injury Claims for children and adults.

Simon has previously investigated or is currently investigating Cerebral Palsy Claims involving failures and/or delays in diagnosing and/or treating the following medical conditions:-

  • Intrapartum (during labour and delivery) hypoxia/asphyxia including cases of chronic partial asphyxia and acute near total asphyxia
  • Kernicterus (jaundice)
  • Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar)
  • Hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar)
  • Cardiac problems (congenital heart defects)
  • Infection (maternal and/or external)
  • Meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia
  • Group B Streptococcus

Simon has also investigated claims in other circumstances, including:-

  • The use of excessive force during forceps’ delivery
  • The failure of and inability of the medical staff to use medical equipment
  • Medication errors

Simon has previously investigated or is currently investigating Brain Injury Claims involving failures and/or delays in diagnosing and/or treating the following medical conditions:-

  • ADEM (acute disseminated encephalomyelitis)
  • AVM (arteriovenous malformation)
  • Brain abscess
  • Brain tumours
  • Cardiac arrest (resulting in hypoxia/asphyxia)
  • Cerebral vasculitis
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Infections (including chicken pox virus, e-coli, herpes virus and septicaemia)
  • Infective endocarditis
  • Meningitis
  • Mycotic aneurysms
  • Shunt blockages and infections
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid haemorrhage
  • Subdural and other haemorrhages (sustained after falls striking head)
  • Subdural empyema
  • TIA (transient ischemic attacks)

Simon has also investigated claims in other circumstances, including:-

  • Falls in hospital
  • Complications arising during and after surgery
  • Attempts by patients to take their own lives
  • Patients in a Vegetative or Minimally Conscious State

Simon used to play rugby for Plymouth Albion RFC but nowadays his sporting exploits are confined to the odd round of golf and the occasional skiing trip.

Simon is a director of Headway Plymouth, a local charity promoting awareness of and helping the victims of acquired brain injury and their carers.