Workmen’s Compensation – Occupational Diseases – Radiation Injury Amendment

The Kansas Workmen’s Compensation Act has recently been amended to take more complete account of the complex nature of injuries which might arise through the increased use of radioactive materials and ionizing radiation. The effect of the amendment is twofold. First, it makes more inclusive the definition of radiation injury as an occupational disease by treating “exposure to ionizing radiation” as a cause of compensable injury. Second, it removes all time limitation periods with regard to the giving of notice and the filing of claims and extends the general limitation period from one year from the date of disablement or death to three years from the termination of employment. Kan. Laws (1959) p. 479, c. 222, House Bill 390.