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In a recent decision, the Tennessee Supreme Court (Morrison vs. Tennessee Consolidated Coal Co., 39 S.W. (2nd) 272; decided June 10, 1931) holds that there is no recourse under the workmen's compensation act for a disease, occupational or otherwise, unless that disease naturally results from an accidental injury. Further "an injury to be regarded as an accidental injury under the compensation act, must be an injury unforeseen, unexpected, and fortuitous. An element of unexpected casualty must be present." Likewise, the origin or inception of the disease must be assignable to a determinate or single occurrence identified in space or time,
ACCIDENTAL INJURIES AND OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES. Ann Intern Med. ;5:523. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-5-4-523
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1931;5(4):523.
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