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In the vast majority of health care situations, patients receive adequate treatment from doctors and other care providers. But as with any other profession, doctors do make mistakes. Some errors are unavoidable, or at least reasonable, especially in a stressful treatment environment. But when a health care professional fails to provide the kind of treatment that a reasonably skilled and competent doctor would be expected to provide, patients may be entitled to compensation for any resulting harm. In this section, we'll take a look at medical malpractice claims and spotlight some key legal issues that arise in these kinds of cases.