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My husband saw an MD at Emory ENT about white patches on his

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My husband saw an MD at Emory ENT about white patches on his tongue for 8 years-- 3X's per yr. The MD is a reputed researcher, teacher at the Emory Clinic in Atlanta, Ga.
At the beginning of May 2009, my husband began to experience pain, as a little crack appeared on the side of his tongue.
He called the ENT for help. After several days, the clinic called him back & said "Just come in at your regular appointment on June 28."
By the end of June, the little crack had developed into a tumor the size of a silver dollar with a dime-sized raw spot in the middle. My husband was in constant pain.
A biopsy of the tumor was confirmed "squamous cell carcinoma". We consulted with another ENT, who said, "These white patches are a precancerous condition. I would have lazed them off a long time ago."
By the time of his surgeory, the cancer had metastisized to lymph nodes, and appeared in both lungs.
He has 6 wks. to 6 months to live.
Is this a Medical Negligence suit against Emory & the MD

Hello there:


a physician commits medical malpractice when they do not perform the standard of care prevailing in the profession. If the average ENT physician would have identified the spots as pre-cancerous and lanced them, there is probably a good case there.


I am so sorry for what you are going through. Let me know if I may be of further assistance.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Who would you recommend in the Atlanta, Ga. area to handle this case? I would like as many referrals as you can generate who specialize in medical malpractice/negligence.

Thank you so much for your help.

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Last of all, before hiring any attorney, you should search for them specifically at their state bar website to check if they have had any disciplinary actions taken against them by their bar. If so, that should be a warning flag.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you very much! Have a great weekend.
Thanks. You too :)