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Apologies in advance for long protracted post. In 2017 my mother-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer and subsequently under went a course of radio therapy which appeared to slow down the growth of her cancer. In November 2017, she then started to have pains in her leg, she went along to her GP who then referred her to local Hospital to see an Orthopedic Specialist. In January 2018 at this appointment she was diagnosed with Patella Tendinitis which she was prescribed NSAIDs and physiotherapy sessions. The pains continued and on her visits to physio she could barely lift her legs. After 4 month of no improvement and not hearing anything back from Orthopedic Specialist, we contacted her GP to advise that the condition was worsening. In May of 2018 we managed to get her in to have a scan at the local "walk-in" centre (no pun intended). It was here the consultant insisted she be admitted immediately to Hospital. She was subsequently diagnosed with a malignant lytic lesion on her left thigh which had "eaten" through her femur to the point of snapping with any slight jarring or sudden movement. Thus followed a four week stay in hospital. The consultants involved were horrified at the condition of the leg and could not believe the pain my mother in law had been going through. At first there was talk of amputation, however they have managed to save the leg by "nailing" the bone in June of this year (Unfortunately this has now developed into full blown Lymphodema and my mother in law finds it very difficult to walk and suffers more with the pain than she ever has done). We have subsequently put a complaint into the Trust and they have now replied with a full report detailing the errors which occurred during the 6 month period from incorrect diagnosis to the "nailing" of her thigh. The findings were as follows; The Orthopedic Registrar did not carry out a full examination of the leg or asking her to remove clothing to examine the area of concern. The trust refer to "Red Flags" within medical history (Lung Cancer) which were overlooked / ignored. The delay in appointments was due to an e-mail being sent and not followed up to an individual who was absent from work due to a long term illness. The Trust have gone on to say that the case has prompted them to make several changes to their procedures, and also that the Registrar involved report shortfalls in procedure and examination at their appraisal. ​ Now to the question(s); Do we pursue a negligence claim? What are the chances of winning? What sort of costs would be involved (no win no fee, ATE insurance, etc)? What would potential compensation claim be? We have since been offered an appointment to discuss the complaint and report with the hospital trust. Do we attend? Would the hospital trust offer a settlement before we go down the solicitor route? Any help in the above would be appreciated. My mother in law is now receiving palliative care and would rest easy knowing we have a resolution to the above. Many thanks in advance. ​ ​