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Silicosis and workers' compensation in New Jersey.

Authors
Stanbury-M; Joyce-P; Kipen-H
Source
J Occup Environ Med 1995 Dec; 37(12):1342-1347
NIOSHTIC No.
20043691
Abstract
The employer is expected to maintain responsibility for health care expenses and lost income that result from occupational injury and illness through the workers' compensation insurance system. However, financial support for individuals with occupational illnesses, especially those with long latency, is often from sources other than workers' compensation. Silicosis, a well defined, chronic, occupational lung disease, can be viewed as a sentinel for the inadequacy of the public policy to compensate workers for chronic occupational lung disease. Three hundred twenty-nine patients with confirmed silicosis were identified by the silicosis surveillance program in the New Jersey Department of Health using source data from 1979 through 1992. One hundred seventy-seven of these individuals provided information on the status of any compensation claims against their employer. Only 31% of these patients stated that a claim had been filed; 84 % of those whose claims were settled were awarded payments. Severity of radiologic findings was not associated with the likelihood of filing a claim or with being awarded a payment; whereas, smoking was associated with these outcomes. The implications of these findings for the health care system are discussed.
Keywords
Surveillance-programs; Silicosis; Workers; Work-environment; Respiration; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Morbidity-rates; Mortality-data; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Health-hazards; Diseases; Epidemiology; Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Smoking
Contact
Martha Stanbury, MSPH, Occupational Health Service, New Jersey Department of Health, CN 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
CODEN
JOEMFM
CAS No.
7631-86-9
Publication Date
19951201
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008338; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-208160
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
NJ
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
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