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No one likes going to the doctor, and when you have to have surgery or other medical procedure, the last thing you want to think about is someone making a mistake. However, careless medical errors happen every day and sometimes they can be considered medical malpractice. Legally speaking, medical malpractice is some action or failure to act by a health-care worker that falls below the professional standards of care. The mistake must actually cause injury to the patient in order to be considered medical malpractice. Examples of malpractice include improper surgery, failing to order or follow up on tests, misdiagnosing a condition, or prescribing the wrong medication. Because health-care providers cannot guarantee the results of medical treatment, a malpractice claim is not valid just because the treatment isn’t successful or where the patient isn’t satisfied with the outcome. However, if you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice, consult an attorney to discuss your legal claim.