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August 2, 1965

Workmen's Compensation for Psychiatric Disorders

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, and the Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1965;193(5):345-348. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090050021006

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.