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Patients expect health care professionals to provide them with a reasonably competent level of care, and the law imposes a duty on medical workers to do so. If a medical professional engages in improper or negligent treatment it can be considered a breach of duty and if a patient is injured by that medical professional he or she can file a medical malpractice claim. Injured patients who can prove that their doctor's negligence actually led to harm, are entitled to a number of damages including compensation for lost wages.
For more information on medical malpractice lawsuits, see the articles and answers to frequently asked questions in this section.