I'm an ex- X-ray tech (long story there-ask me???)
My husband got injured at work 1+1/2 yrs ago & has been on WC since....
His first MRI & Xray reports say
" Patient is fine, go back to work after light duty.. nothing seen on MRI's & Xrays.... "
However, 3 surgeries ( 1 surgery on C-spine on C4,5,&6),(2 surgeries on shoulder, torn labrum & biceps tendon)
Both 'initial' REPORTS said," NOTHING."
The stories I could tell having worked in Xrays at 4 different hospitals over a 6 year period.
Now we find out via internet & lawyers that 33% of all Xrays (this includes, Xrays,Mammo's, PET scans, MRI's, CT's, Ultrasounds....) are mis-diagnosed...
this means: Omissions or lack of findings PLUS
Wrong Reads or Partial reads (got some parts right but missed some too)
In my husbands case complete Misreads or Omissions
are under the auspices of Negligence per the Law
NOT Malpractice...He went Mis-diagnosed or as we like to re-iterate UN-diagnosed for 4 solid months.
(I had told him I'm only an ex-Xray tech but the
c-spines looked herniated to me and your labrum looks torn...I missed the biceps tendon...)
He just kept complaining about the pain, lack or movement and lack of sleep due to pain,numbness and tingleling sensations thru out his body,,,so now...
3 surgeries later....he will no longer be a
'truck driver' that livelihood is gone.. his work says they want him back, but what will he do and what position to be 'retrained' in he stills healing from the 3rd surgery so we will not know for many months....
Our problem now is (I think) he may have had a broken clavicle from the day 1 of the accident
(I missed this, too) several people agree with me
they see the broken bone too (Dr.s(behind closed doors) & Physical Therapy techs)
So we went to an outside Dr. for a third opinion and he says no his clavicle is Not broken. (He was too fast to say and did not even want to look at the Xray, at all)
These Doctors, 1) Do not want to testify against their colleagues, 2)they do not want to go to court,
3)As long as your being 'repaired' and it's getting -paid for- why stir up unnecessary problems,
4) these surgeons are credited experts in their field, you can't accuse them of 'wrong doing'
So my husband & I resolved ourselves to:
O'k it's NOT broken... I was up all night last night
got out all my anatomy books from Xray school...
I pulled out the films again,,, I still say it's broken...and no one has said this to us...