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Hi.  To be brief for you, my husband had prostate surgery a little over two years ago.  Before surgery, he visited a gastro doctor to make sure his liver was okay for surgery as a very small spot was found on an MRI.  Gastro doctor said my husband, who was 68 at the time, had a liver of a man that age and prostate surgery could proceed.  Husband was advised to have spot checked after he got back his strength from prostate surgery which would take perhaps up to one year.  Nine months later, husband still couldn't regain strength and after another MRI was told he had liver cancer and six months later he passed away.  Do I have a case against gastro doctor who never warned us this spot could be cancer and have it checked immediately?  If he had told us this, we would have had this spot checked out sooner and my husband might still be with me.  Your thoughts are welcome and thank you.

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Marleen,

From the facts you presented, it appears you may have a viable medical malpractice/wrongful death claim.  The issue is whether your husband would have survived had he been sent for a biopsy in a timely manner.

I suggest you contact a malpractice attorney in your area.  I wish you the best of luck and I am sorry for your loss.

Very truly yours,

Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.

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I have been a practicing civil trial attorney since 1989 dealing primarily with malpractice issues. I litigate very select medical malpractice cases on behalf of patients or their families. I am a Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. I am also Certified in Injury and Wrongful Death by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

In addition to my law degree, I received a Master of Arts in Bioethics and a Doctorate of Philosophy involving Medical Ethics. Because I am also an Adjunct Professor in Research and Medical Ethics at a medical school, I routinely consult with physicians and hospitals regarding medical ethics issues in an effort to improve patient care.

I can answer questions dealing with medical ethics principles. I can also respond to questions regarding potential malpractice issues.

For more information, you can view my website at WWW.EXPERTETHICS.COM

Experience

I have been a practicing trial attorney since 1989 and I have a masters degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy regarding comparative ethics.

Organizations
State Bar of Arizona
State Bar of Colorado (inactive)
District of Columbia Bar (inactive)
Federal Bar
Licensed in Arizona District Court
Licensed in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
licensed in the United States Supreme Court
American Bar Association
National Board of Trial Advocacy
American Association for Justice
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Kennedy Institute of Ethics
National Association of Realtors

Publications
A list of my copyrighted publications and presentations is contained at WWW.EXPERTETHICS.COM

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Arts 1985
Juris Doctorate 1989
Master of Arts in Bioethics 2004
Doctorate of Philosophy 2006

Awards and Honors
Phi Beta Kappa
Multiple Who's Who
Southwest Superlawyers
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
AZ Magazine Top Lawyers

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