If a doctor makes a mistake during surgery and admits it (even if it was caught and corrected, but resulted in a week long stay in the hospital for an outpatient procedure), would it be a bad idea to simply ask the doctor to settle without involving attorneys? Can I ask her to cover my out of pocket costs (what insurance didn't pay) rather than going through an attorney for a huge settlement? What is the likelihood the doctor would ever do something like that?In the hospital, I asked the doctor if I was going to get a bill for this and she said she didn't know, but would "do what she could to help." In addition, the surgery that was to be performed has to be stopped because of the error - I will have to go back for the original surgery at a later date.
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