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August 3, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(5):368-369. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.72810310009009

The members of the Committee on Visual Economics during the past year have extended their effort toward bringing about a greater uniformity in the administration of compensation laws. A complete review of the compensation statutes and laws of all the states has been made (tables 1 and 2).

Table 1 sets forth the basic factors used by the different states in computing visual disability.

Table 2 sets forth schedules for loss of visual acuity which have been adopted by the designated states. Similar tables were compiled by Dr. Walter Small several years past. These have been revised and brought up to date and are herewith presented by the Committee on Visual Economics.

It may be noted that twenty-one states have adopted statutory schedules for loss of visual acuity, that one state has no compensation law, that one has passed a law which has not been adopted by the electorate, that

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