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Medical malpractice cases are almost always handled in the civil courts, but they can lead to criminal prosecutions as well. If a doctor or other medical professional has committed a grossly reckless or intentionally harmful act against a patient, it could be considered a crime. In the event the prosecutor decides it is worthy of criminal prosecution, that person may be tried for criminal behavior, such as abuse or even murder. This case may be on top of any other cases which you are bringing against this individual or hospital for monetary compensation (medical bills and/or pain and suffering).