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Old 09-02-2009, 02:31 PM
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On the 10th of last month my neurosurgeon ordered a nerve block on me when he went over my xrays. I went drove 50 miles one way had 2 shots in my back knocked me out for a day and now the pain is turned up a few notches sense day one . So I went to the neurosurgeon on Monday about the pain,he ask to see my xrays again I said sure he looks at them and says this is not you WTF. The Hospital where the myelogram was done and cat scan gave me someone else's freaken xrays and my doctor treated me on someone else's xrays I have been trying to wrap my mind around this for 2 days now. I got a call into my lawyer he is out. I don't want to go off on anyone yet. I would like my xrays.So now I don't know what to think all from a red light runner back in Nov
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:39 PM
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Tim,

I have had two L5 fusions and decompressions with a full Lamiectomoy you need to take some responsibility for double checking your records...

Not exactly what your looking to hear but it is a fact...


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go after them make them eat the charges and pay for pain and suffering then after this check and double check your own records!
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Originally Posted by jtburf View Post
Tim,

I have had two L5 fusions and decompressions with a full Lamiectomoy you need to take some responsibility for double checking your records...

Not exactly what your looking to hear but it is a fact...


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I sure understand now. Being new to this whole ordeal I did not have a clue, my eyes are open now
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:23 AM
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go after them make them eat the charges and pay for pain and suffering then after this check and double check your own records!

Yea right, I have about a dozen X-Rays and 8-10 MRI films or CD's I keep at my house. I don't where you live but all of mine have my Name, Address, DOB and SS on them. They all also have a sticker on them (some of them are 5 years old) saying basically to make sure all the personal info on the film is correct and that is YOURS.
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:25 AM
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Why did the doc not notice they were not your x-rays the first time?
I mean heck, they have your name on them! (don't they?)
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Why did the doc not notice they were not your x-rays the first time?
I mean heck, they have your name on them! (don't they?)
Yes they do but that was not my name on these I'm gased about the whole deal
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by TimW Texas View Post
Yes they do but that was not my name on these I'm gased about the whole deal


So you got the x-rays of someone with the same name???

I'm confused regarding this last statement. Are med's involved???
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Found this out the hardway as well when my daughter had her 5 year immunization shots. During a visit for being sick the nurse stated she was going to give her her "shots". I assumed it was for her sickness. She said she needed her final set of immune shots so I said OK. As it surns out her records were out dated and she was given the same set of shots she had a year prior. Fortunately it is not harmful to "over-immunize" as I checked into this very thoroughly. Bro in law is an att for a law firm that handles malpractice so the lawyer who specializes in these cases said it was not uncommon at all. Matter of fact, if Dr or parent cannot produce records of immunization, common practice it to re-immunize.
Of course I ripped the pediatrician a new one and demanded a written statment outlining exactly what happed, which she did and apologized tearfully. Seemed very sincere and we are still using her.
Point being, NEVER ASSUME their records are correct.
Hell, when I had hernia surgey(lower right) 6 years ago, they intructed me to write on the lower left side abdomen "not this side" with a Sharpie perm marker.
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So you got the x-rays of someone with the same name???

I'm confused regarding this last statement. Are med's involved???
No they had the other guys name on them and not mine being new to this I did not know what any of the small print said on them but my Doc pointed it out the 2 time but did not catch it either the 1 time when he sent me to get the nerve block based on this guys xrays
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I think there is a difference if you keep your own records at home, and provide them to your doc, or if you were just hand carrying 'your' x-rays from one clinic to the other. Was there a name on the outside of the envelope?
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Had open gall bladder surgery a few months ago. Carried the film and cd to the surgeon, did even look at them. Did the x-ray on the OR table the next day. A lot of Docs around here don't trust imaging centers or other docs. You have got to ask questions and get an understanding of the game.
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:59 AM
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I see this all the time, the true problem is the Dr's and hospitals, will not invest in the correct technology.
How would that have prevented it, easy he would have checked in and been given an arm band with a bar code on it, once in front of the Dr to do the procedure they would have scanned the arm band and the correct xrays would have been instantly brought up. Then they scan his arm and the medication dispenser, it won't allow them to pull the wrong drugs out because the system knows what he is allergic to.

Now is it 100% no, but could be 98% , where the current statistic is in the 60% range.
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Originally Posted by bellsisland View Post
I see this all the time, the true problem is the Dr's and hospitals, will not invest in the correct technology.
How would that have prevented it, easy he would have checked in and been given an arm band with a bar code on it, once in front of the Dr to do the procedure they would have scanned the arm band and the correct xrays would have been instantly brought up. Then they scan his arm and the medication dispenser, it won't allow them to pull the wrong drugs out because the system knows what he is allergic to.

Now is it 100% no, but could be 98% , where the current statistic is in the 60% range.
Thats EXACTLY how it was done at my local hospital when I had back surgery last year. After being asked my name address etc.... 8 or 9 times by 7 or 8 different people I was given a wrist band, with my name etc.. and bar code on it, which I was told to READ VERY CAREFULLY and be sure all the info was correct. When I needed meds the drug cart came to my room and my band was scanned.

But the info is only as good as the people who input............

Needless to say you have to be proactive and watch out for #1
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Wrong x-rays?....that sucks, but you can't recover damages if there aren't any....a mistake was made for sure, collect damages?...what effect did the therapy have on you?...
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Holy crap.. Feeeling for you. But wow.. I cant believe the Lawyer didnt have some 6th sense and call you before you called him.
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Holy crap.. Feeeling for you. But wow.. I cant believe the Lawyer didnt have some 6th sense and call you before you called him.
Thanks .Ya you would have thought he would have smelled blood in the water I did speak to him and he said we need to get the right one's first the ones with my name on them and go from there they will need to be compared to see if I did or did not need that procedure and that the Hospital is at fault
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With digital imaging many hospitals and Dr's offices rely on
radioligists in India to read Xrays.
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Originally Posted by bellsisland View Post
I see this all the time, the true problem is the Dr's and hospitals, will not invest in the correct technology.
How would that have prevented it, easy he would have checked in and been given an arm band with a bar code on it, once in front of the Dr to do the procedure they would have scanned the arm band and the correct xrays would have been instantly brought up. Then they scan his arm and the medication dispenser, it won't allow them to pull the wrong drugs out because the system knows what he is allergic to.

Now is it 100% no, but could be 98% , where the current statistic is in the 60% range.

That sounds way to sophisticated for a doctor and a hospital. Leave all that really technical stuff for the grocery stores and home depot.


The bar code thing reminds me of a movie I saw where all the kids were identified by a bar code on the back of their necks. Of course, with all the sun damage I have on my neck I'd go in for a hernia and come out with a boob job.
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That's plain and simple wrong. The provider that ordered the injections based on the studies is indeed responsible (you may be wise to police this yourself but you're not primarily responsible). One problem may be that our system doesn't have a good way to compensate the "mildly harmed". I've seen this quite a few times in >25 years as a practicing surgeon. A plaintiff's attorney is not likely to put much time/money into a case with little hope for a large award for the patient (and fee for the attorney).

If interested, you can at least document the event, your costs, and send to the practice manager. Where I am, a $25K settlement doesn't even count against the doctor for malpractice coverage.
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