STEPHEN I. RICHMAN, J.D.
RICHMAN SI. Compensation for Occupational Disease. Ann Intern Med. 1983;99:277-278. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-2-277_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(2):277-278.
To the editor: The letter by Weeks (1) appears to agree with the statement in my article (2) that workers' compensation claims of respiratory disability are often controverted because respiratory problems particularly are often unrelated to worksite exposures and frequently result from "ordinary diseases of life, social habits, or the aging process." The problem, according to Weeks, exists because occupational lung diseases are "clinically indistinguishable from those that arise from nonoccupational causes." The solution to this etiologic dilemma, argues Weeks, is to presume that all lung disease is work-related and thereby to require the employer to prove that it is
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