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Million Dollar Paperclip Leads to MRI Subro Recovery

August 13, 2012 | Category: Subro News and Cases

An MRI unit generates tremendous heat, and its temperature must be controlled by the continuous flow of cool water. For some reason, water flow stopped flowing to the magnet. Instead of shutting down as it was supposed to, the magnet continued to run. Incredibly, detailed investigation led to the discovery of a paper clip inserted into the water flow sensing system. Consultation with experts revealed that technicians often used paperclips to bypass the MRI’s internal water flow sensing devices during testing. The paper clip in this case was apparently placed in the sensor and was never removed. The case was vigorously litigated, and on the eve of trial, Kramer Green ultimately recovered 87% of the insurer’s paid claim.