Medicine: Boilermaker's Ear

Wisconsin's supreme court let fall a decision last week that reverberated like a boiler factory. The court approved a compensation award of $2,429 damages for partial loss of hearing to one Albert Wojcik, 62, an operator employed by the Green Bay Drop Forge Co. What made the case news was that Wojcik is still working at his job. He has not lost a penny in wages. But substantial loss of hearing is in itself sound basis for compensation, the court held.†

Albert Wojcik was a victim of "boilermaker's ear," the impairment of hearing that follows...

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