JAMES P. KEOGH, M.D.
To the editor: As an internist with an active interest in work-related diseases, I was dismayed by the article by Richman (1) and Morgan's accompanying editorial (2).
My patients encounter great delays in obtaining compensation; any co-existent disease serves to deny or reduce the award; and the amounts awarded through the system are not great. When patients are unable to continue working due to acute poisoning, insurance carriers may cut off benefits arbitrarily and the worker must await a hearing to regain them. Patients have been evicted, harassed by collection agencies, and end up receiving public assistance while waiting. An
KEOGH JP. Occupational Lung Disease and Compensation. Ann Intern Med. ;98:553–554. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-4-553
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(4):553-554.
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