Chippenham Medical Negligence Solicitors

Medical negligence can happen anywhere, but when it happens in your home town with medical professionals who you trust, it can be particularly distressing. In 2009, a Chippenham man fell and injured his wrist and hand whilst playing football. The X-ray service at Chippenham Community Hospital x-rayed his wrist and those x-rays were then reviewed at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, but both missed a fractured left scaphoid.

Six months later when he returned to his GP to complain of discomfort, the fracture was finally spotted. Due to requiring more extensive medical treatment and a longer period of recovery due to the hospital’s negligence, the Hospital Trust settled on a compensation figure of £15,000 which was paid to the man in 2011.


Here at Wiltshire-based solicitors Bonallack and Bishop, our medical negligence solicitors  are accredited specialists with membership of the only two major medical negligence panels.

There are currently no solicitors in Chippenham with such accreditation but don’t worry, if you live in Chippenham, our team can help you.


In order to win your medical compensation claim, your solicitor will need to extract crucial pieces of information to be used in evidence from complicated medical records. This requires a good understanding of medicine as well as legal expertise and only specialists will have this kind of knowledge across the two professions.


Lots of solicitors will claim to be medical negligence specialists but how do you know?

Unless your solicitor is a member of the relevant expert legal panels you cannot be certain that they are specialists.There are well over 130,000 qualified solicitors in England and Wales. Yet just 180 of them are on both of the major panels;

  • the Law Society’s own Clinical Negligence Panel [clinical negligence is just another term for medical negligence ] and
  • the panel run by AvMA – Action against Medical Accidents- the highly regarded patient justice charity

These two panels are very tough to get onto – and require rigourous re-accreditation every few years.

But you don’t need to just take our word for the need for a specialist solicitor. Here is a direct quote from the website of the AvMA themselves;

“Whenever choosing a solicitor in clinical negligence look for our quality mark. We can only recommend solicitors who we have accredited through our robust and independent system.

Bonallack and Bishop is also one of less than 150 law firms in England and Wales to carry the Legal Services Commission Specialist Quality Mark for Medical Negligence [ though sadly legal aid is now restricted to a small number of birth injury claims].

Not only that, but if you instruct us, your case will not be run by an inexperienced junior – but by experienced solicitor from our team who you will meet – what’s more, one of our medical negligence solicitors is also a fully qualified nurse.

So if you instruct our medical negligence team you can be sure that you have accredited specialists running your claim.


We offer;

  • FREE initial telephone advice
  • A FREE first appointment
  • No win no fee agreements – so you need not worry about how you will pay legal fees
  • Home or hospital visits – we understand that your injuries may prevent you from coming in to one of our offices to speak to us in person, which is why our team are happy to visit clients in Chippenham, or indeed anywhere in Wiltshire, at home or in hospital if they have trouble travelling.


Have you suffered medical negligence at the hands of Chippenham Community Hospital, or one of the other hospitals serving both Wiltshire?

If you leave it too long to start the medical negligence compensation claims process you may find that the time period in which you are entitled to make your claim elapses. So, to avoid missing out;

  • Call us now free on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544, or locally on Salisbury (01722) 422300 today, or
  • Email us using the contact form below: