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Workmen's Compensation Act: Chronic Benzene (Benzol) Poisoning Compensable.—
Funk was employed by the defendant company in the production of rubber cement tape, in which benzene (benzol) was used as an ingredient. Eventually he contracted chronic benzene poisoning and was awarded compensation by the Minnesota industrial commission. The employer and his insurance carrier brought certiorari to the Supreme Court of Minnesota.The sole question to be determined, said the Supreme Court, is whether or not chronic benzene poisoning is compensable under the Minnesota workmen's compensation act. Section 4327, paragraph 7, subdivision 9, Mason's Minnesota Statutes, provides that "Poisoning by nitro and amido-derivatives of benzine (dinitro-benzol, anilin and others), or its sequelae" shall be deemed to be an occupational disease and compensable if acquired by any worker employed in "any process involving the use of a nitro or amido-derivative of benzine or its preparations or compounds." It is conceded, said the court,
Medicolegal. JAMA. 1935;105(6):460. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760320062035