Top 10 Ridiculous Medical Insurance Codes That Prove Your Life is Going Pretty Well

January 16, 2018

Unless you work in insurance, you probably haven’t had the pleasure of coming across some of these ridiculous medicinal classifications used to report to insurance companies. Trust us—the code as a whole is not a fun read, but there are a few outliers worth mentioning that definitely shed some light on a side of the medical insurance industry you probably had no idea existed. Here are our favorite medical insurance codes that you (hopefully) won’t see every day.

1. W55.21- Bitten by a cow

Cow, Tetworth, Cambridgeshire by orangeaurochs, on Flickr
Cow, Tetworth, Cambridgeshire” (CC BY 2.0) by orangeaurochs

Very rarely are cattle the aggressor in situations like these, and usually, biting is not their chosen form of attack. However, in the peculiar circumstance that you do end up in a cow’s chompers, there’s a code for that. Moooooo!

2. Z63.1- Problems in relationship with in-laws

Arguing by hyakushiki_thebest, on Flickr
Arguing” (CC BY 2.0) by hyakushiki_thebest

Find this under the section labeled “supremely under-used.”

3. Y92.253- Injured at the Opera

Opera House by mariana.maia, on Flickr
Opera House” (CC BY 2.0) by mariana.maia

We didn’t really know that the opera was a thing anymore, but hey, apparently it can be a lot more exciting than most of us thought.

4. R46.1- Bizarre personal appearance

Monkey by samuelrodgers752, on Flickr
Monkey” (CC BY 2.0) by samuelrodgers752

How this leads to injury is a mystery, but on the off chance you are a bizarre-looking person (you know who you are), you can try and file this to insurance almost every time.

5. V97.33XD- Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter

The SSJ100 for You by SuperJet International, on Flickr
The SSJ100 for You” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by SuperJet International

Subsequent encounter is the key here. This is not to be used for the first time you get sucked into a jet engine. It’s the second or third time that will really get you.

6. V95.43- Spacecraft collision injuring occupant

Astronaut by Caroline Davis2010, on Flickr
Astronaut” (CC BY 2.0) by Caroline Davis2010

This was previously referred to as code R2-D2.

7. Z62.891- Sibling rivalry

Twins Fighting Over Books by donnierayjones, on Flickr
Twins Fighting Over Books” (CC BY 2.0) by donnierayjones

This code should be common knowledge to just about any parent. Heck, it may be time to just tape this to the refrigerator.

8. V91-07XD- Burn due to water skis on fire, subsequent encounter

Podboy by seanosh, on Flickr
Podboy” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by seanosh

Alright, let’s face it. If you’ve faced this situation twice, waterskiing just isn’t your thing.

9. W22.02- Walked into lamp post

lamp posts in a line by Steve Slater (used to be Wildlife Encounters), on Flickr
lamp posts in a line” (CC BY 2.0) by Steve Slater (used to be Wildlife Encounters)

This code is most commonly combined with W22.03—public embarrassment.

10. W56.22XA- Struck by orca, initial encounter

Orca by Kenai Fjords National Park, on Flickr
Orca” (Public Domain) by Kenai Fjords National Park

This will be just one of many orca attacks, they presume. At Renasant, we actually prefer this kind of “Orca.”

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