Workmen's compensation laws are designed for the purpose of reimbursing the worker for loss of earnings and cost of medical care resulting from occupational injuries or occupational diseases. This immediately brings up the question of a definition of an occupational disease.
Many definitions have been given and, as is the case with most definitions, objections can be made to all of them. Among those suggested are the following:
1. An occupational disease is one which occurs as a result of exposure to a recognized specific occupational hazard. It must have the accepted physical signs and symptoms of the specific disease
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