Doesn getting a lawyer involved just make things more complicated and more expensive to settle?
Lawyers are indeed not cheap, and you have to be prepared for that. But if a lawyer is really good, he will help you settle all the things the right way and much faster. You should choose a lawyer really carefully, I have to say. I would like to recommend that you check out the firm from here. I have been working with them for quite a while, and I have to say that they are the best in what they do. You will definitely find it helpful, good luck!
If the right steps are taken at the very start, problems can often be resolved quickly or a suitable compromise reached between the parties involved without costly settlements or long, drawn-out court cases that can take you away from your patients and your practice and damage your professional reputation.