Under the workmen's compensation laws that prevail throughout most of the United States, the disability or death of an employed person when caused or contributed to by an occupational misadventure entitles him or his dependents to financial compensation. Thus, in the case of disability or death of an employed person from heart disease, compensation is usually awarded if it can be established that the heart disease was caused, accelerated, or made worse by an occupational injury. Each year many thousands of employed persons receive occupational injuries, and each year many thousands of employed persons become disabled or die as a result of heart disease. It is to be expected that many claims for compensation have been and will continue to be made on the basis that cardiac disability or death occurred from and was caused or contributed to by an occupational injury. It is true that mechanical violence and its
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