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Simon Elliman

Partner

T: 01225 730199 (DDI)
T: 01225 730100
E: simon.elliman@roydswithyking.com

Simon heads the Medical Negligence team. Although based in our Bath office, Simon represents clients from all over England and Wales. His expertise is recognised by his membership of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel, and his membership of the specialist panel of the renowned medical negligence charity Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). He has particular expertise in birth injury and cerebral palsy cases, and complex spinal cases, with a particular specialism in cauda equina cases, and works in partnership with the cauda equina charity CESA. Simon is recognised by independent legal directories Chambers and Legal 500 as a Leader in his field. Chambers describes him as “well regarded for his handling of cerebral palsy cases” and Legal 500 describe him as a “cerebral palsy expert”. Simon is personally recommended by Queen’s Counsel for spinal injury and cauda equina cases, on the basis that “any client would be guaranteed to receive not just an excellent legal service but also sensitive handling” and is described as “a very fine clinical negligence lawyer with vast experience and superb client-handling skills.



I came to Royds Withy King after receiving poor service from a different solicitor and knew immediately that I'd made the right decision to change! I spoke to clinical negligence specialist, Simon Elliman, about my son's situation and he reassured me right from the beginning that he would do his best to support our case...In particular, Simon Elliman has shown great empathy for my son's situation and that has been evident in the service he has provided to us.
Parent of a child with a cerebral palsy claim represented by Simon Elliman

About Simon

As mentioned in the Legal 500 UK “Simon Elliman  heads the practice and specialises in cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, wrongful birth and spinal injury cases“. Described by clients in Chambers and Partners as “very supportive and organised”, and by The Legal 500 UK as “a very experienced lawyer with excellent judgment“, Simon is thoroughly committed to his work.

Even outside work, Simon is fascinated by medical law, and completed a Master’s degree in Medical Law and Ethics in 2010, graduating with Distinction. Simon is a member of two specialist panels, the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel, and Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). He is also accredited as a Senior Litigator with APIL. He has had articles published in Clinical Risk, Medical Litigation, Healthcare Risk Report, the Solicitors Journal and the New Law Journal.

He qualified as a lawyer in 1992, becoming a Partner at Royds Withy King in 2000. Apart from his expertise in birth injury and complex spinal cases, Simon will also deal from time to time with other complex and high value medical negligence claims of various types.

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There is nothing more satisfying than being able to help families rebuild their lives after some of the very traumatic events that they undergo in their medical treatment. Many of our cases are very hard-fought, and it is a matter of pride for us that we will never settle for second-best when negotiating for our clients.

Simon Elliman

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How is cauda equina syndrome caused by negligence?

12 July 2019

Simon Elliman, partner and head of our Medical Negligence team, helps explain when cauda equina syndrome can be caused by negligent medical treatment.

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Arise, take up thy bed and walk – EES, a miracle cure for the spinally injured? Not quite, yet

7 February 2019

Simon Elliman, spinal injury specialist at Royds Withy King, explores the story of a new technology which has enabled patients with severe spinal injuries to walk again.

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The NHS testing “bottleneck” – how has it come to this, and where do they go from here?

9 November 2018

Simon Elliman reviews a recent BBC investigation which has revealed that an increasing number of patients are faced with long waits for vital tests on the NHS, and considers the potential causes and implications.

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The Darnley vs Croydon Health Services NHS Trust case: too onerous a duty?

22 October 2018

The Supreme Court has recently handed down its judgment in the case of Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. The case had raised the question of whether reception staff owed a duty of care to patients; the Supreme Court has now confirmed that non-medically trained staff do owe such a duty of care. But where does this leave A&E departments, and what does it tell us about the state of our NHS?

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Disabled girl and her birth mother to sue for justice

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A severely disabled young girl with cerebral palsy and her natural mother are suing Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board for injuries allegedly sustained during labour and birth. Tia Miller, aged seven (who has since been adopted), is profoundly disabled with …

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Report highlights rise in maternity negligence cases

8 November 2013

Birth injury legal experts at Withy King have welcomed today’s report on ‘Maternity services in England’ released by the National Audit Office. The report raises significant concerns over the standards of medical care on NHS maternity wards. Simon Elliman, Head …

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Former dentist joins Withy King following rapid rise in dental claims

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A former dentist has joined Withy King’s dental negligence practice on the back of rising numbers of complaints from unhappy patients. Dr Chris Evans, who worked as a dentist for 14 years before qualifying as a solicitor, has joined Withy …

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Congratulations to Katrina Hart

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Withy King is delighted to join the national and worldwide Paralympic audience in congratulating Paralympic GB’s Katrina Hart, who was sponsored by the firm in the run-up to the Paralympics. Katrina, who has cerebral palsy and competes in the T37 …

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£96,950 awarded to a claimant for substandard care resulting in a sacral pressure sore

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The Claimant suffered with multiple sclerosis so had a pre-existing vulnerability to pressure sores. He was admitted to hospital with pneumonia and was treated on an acute assessment ward.

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£10,000 award for delay in diagnosing and treating a heel pressure sore

Simon Elliman secured £10,000 for a claimant who had developed a pressure ulcer on his heel whilst recuperating in hospital following hip replacement surgery. He had tried to alert staff to the pain he was feeling in his heel whilst recuperating on the ward but the staff failed to investigate the area. By the time staff removed the bandages to investigate the site the pressure sore was over 7 inches long.

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Compensation for kidney stone left untreated for too long

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Our client, Mr H, first reported painless blood in his urine to his GP in 1990. He then came back to the same GP in 1991 and was appropriately referred to a hospital. Mr H was diagnosed with a kidney stone in his left kidney.

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Royds Withy King Insights: Spinal Injury Claims

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In our series of Royds Withy King Insights videos, medical negligence solicitor and spinal injury expert, Simon Elliman, discusses how spinal injuries occur, his experience and provides reasons why you should choose an experienced solicitor to make a claim. To learn more …

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