Controversial aspects of respiratory disability determination

P. Harber, L. S. Rothenberg

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Respiratory disability determination is a problem of large magnitude. Up to two million workers have disability from occuptional disease, 13% of whom have occupational lung disease. Average benefits for individuals in one state are $200,000. Improper evaluative procedures and decisions can deprive an injured worker of just benefits or may prevent a person from being a productive, satisfied member of the work force. Disability evaluation has been described as a 'fledgling science', but improved understanding of the factors involved and increasing recognition of its importance within the medical community will undoubtedly lead to its future development. We hope that this brief review of selected controversial aspects will be of some use in providing insight into these difficult problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-269
Number of pages13
JournalSeminars in Respiratory Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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