I'll try to keep this short: 4 weeks ago, dh hurt his hand/wrist at work (genius hit himself with a 20oz hammer!). His boss sent him to the doctor the company uses for workers' comp. In those 4 weeks, he's been given: 5 appointments 2 kinds of pain pills 1 splint 2 Ace bandages 2 gel-cast things 23 X-rays and NO diagnosis! They've been saying it's a "possible wrist fracture". Apparently, he hit his hand hard enough for the carpals to ram into the scaphoid bone, fracturing it (original diagnosis). Dh has also seen his x-rays, and it's an OBVIOUS break. Now they want to send him for an MRI in 3 weeks. The usual treatment of this kind of break is a regular elbow-length cast. I think they're just trying to milk this for all the money it's worth. The danger is, this type of fracture (scaphoid) has been known to result in a lack of blood to the broken bone, causing the bone to die. This results in surgery to place pins and bone grafts, as well as arthritis and limited mobility forever. This is not something that needs to be prolonged, and I am starting to get MAD. If it wasn't broken, it wouldn't still be so painful that he can't move it. That in itself should be an indicator, to say nothing of the X-rays themselves. He saw an actual Orthopedic Surgeon today (same dr's office), and this guy is the one who ordered an MRI because the 23 X-rays are "inconclusive". What are our options here? Can we seek a second opinion, and still have it covered by Workers' Comp? I'm about ready to haul him to the ER myself just to avoid further complications, even it means we end up paying out-of-pocket (we are among the glorious uninsured ). My dh works construction--how will he work if he needs surgery for bone grafts because the stupid doctor messed up? Not to mention all the pain he's in. I am absolutely breathing fire over this, but of course my passive dh won't say anything. He just comes home and gripes to me about incompetent doctors. BTW: Dh is only making "shop time" AKA $10/ hr while he's unable to use his hand. Usually he gets a percentage of every job he works on. This is causing us HUGE financial problems, because he's netting a whopping $195 a week after deductions now that he can't actually work. Isn't Workers' Comp supposed to be helping out in some way? Neither of us know anything about WC, except what his boss is telling him. I'm not inclined to believe his boss, because he's REALLY upset about having to pay even the medical bills. Help!