Sources, such as the Walked Into a Lamppost? Hurt While Crocheting? Help Is on the Way in the Wall Street Journal, say that there is a medicare code in NC for being 'stuck by a turtle'. I couldn't believe it. How is one 'struck by a turtle' when they move so slowly and secondly how could this be a medicare code? My friend also told me that there is a code for being 'bitten by a turtle' which seems much more plausible. Is this true?
In the article More On The Risk Of Death By Turtle published in Lowering the Bar, several turtle strike incidents are noted:
The Associated Press reported in 1987 that a Hong Kong man was hit in the head by a turtle that had fallen out of a high-rise apartment building. The two-pound reptilian missile "struck 36-year-old Lui Wai-kwong on the head, bruising Lui's temple and badly injuring the turtle," according to the report.
According to this story, a 12-year-old Chinese girl was hit by a "falling black object" that turned out to be a three-pound pregnant tortoise. Police believed that the animal had been thrown out of an apartment building, but had no suspects. A picture accompanying this article shows a young girl with a pretty nasty wound on the top of her head, but there's no way to confirm what caused it. This time, the animal did not survive.
The more famous but equally unverifiable turtle impact happened in 456 B.C., when the Greek playwright Aeschylus (author of The Persians, Seven Against Thebes, and Euripides Is a Big Fat Idiot) is said to have been killed by a turtle. The story is that the turtle was dropped on him by an eagle, which presumably was hoping to crack the turtle's shell open on a rock but mistakenly hit the playwright's bald head.
The same article links out to another story on their site, Injury Code W59.22XA: Struck By Turtle that talks about the new code:
I could see being bitten by a turtle, but how does one get "struck by a turtle," exactly? Are these turtles being thrown or propelled, and if so, how? (I'm not sure I want to know what "other contact with turtle" might be.)
That article links to a now-defunct Wall Street Journal search engine for the codes, but I believe the Wall Street Journal article referenced in the article is this one: Walked Into a Lamppost? Hurt While Crocheting? Help Is on the Way
-> 2015 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes -> External causes of morbidity V00-Y99 -> Exposure to animate mechanical forces W50-W64 -> Contact with other nonvenomous reptiles W59 -> Struck by turtle