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November 9, 1935

Medicolegal

JAMA. 1935;105(19):1548-1550. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760450068042

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Abstract

Workmen's Compensation Acts: Compensability of "Chemical Conjunctivitis."—  The claimant, in the course of her employment, handled dresses made of goods containing certain dyes. She had an attack of conjunctivitis in 1926 and another in 1927, which her physician diagnosed as "chemical conjunctivitis" and attributed to the dyes in the dresses she handled. She applied to the industrial commission of Ohio for compensation under the workmen's compensation act. The commission denied her claim but on appeal the court of common pleas allowed it and the order of that court was affirmed by the court of appeals. The industrial commission then appealed to the Supreme Court of Ohio. The claimant alleged that particles of the dyes in the goods she handled became detached, some of them sticking to her hands and others floating in the air, and that these detached particles thus came in contact with the mucous membrane of her eyes

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