(a) The county may (1) compromise, or settle and execute a release of, any claim which the county has by virtue of the rights established by Section 23004.1 ; or (2) waive any such claim, in whole or in part, for the convenience of the county, or if the governing body of the county determines that collection would result in undue hardship upon the person who suffered the injury or disease resulting in care or treatment described in Section 23004.1 .
(b) No action taken by the county in connection with the rights afforded under Section 23004.1 or this section shall be a bar to any action upon the claim or cause of action of the injured or diseased person, his guardian, personal representative, estate, or survivors against the third person who is liable for the injury or disease, or shall operate to deny to the injured person the recovery for that portion of his damage not covered hereunder.
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