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Workmen's Compensation Acts: Disability Resulting from Operation to Alleviate Industrial Injury Compensable.—
The employee sustained a hernia in the course of his employment. Two operations failed to reduce the hernia and the employee was totally disabled. He instituted proceedings before the state industrial commission to recover compensation under the Oklahoma workmen's compensation act. The employer then proffered and the employee submitted to a third operation and the commission continued the proceedings pending the outcome of the operation. The hernia was alleviated as a result of the operation, but in performing it the operating physician transplanted the spermatic cord from its natural position. As a result it was pinched and interfered with in such a way as to cause the cord and the right testicle to atrophy. Later the commission held a hearing in the proceedings that had been continued and awarded the employee compensation for the injury to the testicle
Medicolegal. JAMA. 1934;102(26):2226. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750260072040