At RMD Law LLP, part of our job as Orange County personal injury attorneys is to be experts in medical records and billing. When our clients are hurt, we help to maximize the value of their claim by bringing their injuries to the attention of the defense – and demanding fair payment for those injuries.
In medicine, all injuries are assigned a code under the International Classification of Diseases, or ICD. ICD's 9th edition has about 13,000 different codes for everything from back pain to malaria. The medical profession is currently transitioning to the newer 10th edition, and it adds a whopping 55,000 new codes.
Of course, that means there is some truly ridiculous new material. Here are some of the funniest new ICD-10 codes.
1. V97.33XD: Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter.
Ok, this one sounds insane, but it actually happens. This U.S. Navy crewman got sucked into a jet engine during Operation Desert Storm and lived to tell the tale. If you don't believe me, Youtube has the scoop:
2.W61.62XD: Struck by duck, subsequent encounter.
This is another seemingly incredible diagnosis code that apparently really happens to people. Case in point would be male supermodel Fabio, who was riding the Apollo’s Chariot rollercoaster at Busch Gardens in 1999.
On that fateful day, Fabio caught a faceful of bird when the rollercoaster struck a goose, and it flipped up into his face, bloodying his nose. Talk about a duckface…
BY ALL REPORTS, FABIO WAS A GOOD SPORT ABOUT FAILING TO DUCK IN TIME TO AVOID THIS COLLISION.
3.Problems in relationship with in-laws.
Seriously? This one is going to get a lot of use.
4. W22.02XD: V95.43XS: Spacecraft collision injuring occupant, sequela.
I am glad they are getting out ahead of this one. If you are injured in a spaceship accident, call the experts at RMD Law right away. Check our out recent blog post on this subject.
5. Y93.D: V91.07XD: Burn due to water-skis on fire, subsequent encounter
I don’t even know what to say about this one.
ENOUGH SAID. DON'T LIGHT THEM ON FIRE, IT'S JUST NOT WORTH IT.