The concept of workmen's compensation for employees with industrial accidents has been so expanded that it includes many disorders in which the causal relationship between the special hazards of employment and the illness becomes increasingly obscure. In Carter vs General Motors, a precedent was established of compensating an employee for a psychiatric breakdown not associated with any physical injury, accident, specific event, or unusual stress or incident. To help avoid the perversion of the original intent of workmen's compensation, industry will have to concern itself with emotional as well as physical requirements of its employees, without diminishing the individual's sense of responsibility for his own welfare.
Brill NQ, Glass JF. Workmen's Compensation for Psychiatric Disorders. JAMA. 1965;193(5):345-348. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090050021006