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Sec. 16. Employers affected by this act shall report annually to the State commissioner and factory inspector such reasonable particulars in regard thereto as he may require, including particulars as to all releases of liability under this act and any other law. The penalty for failure to report or for false report shall invalidate any such release of liability.
Sec. 17. (a) After an injury to the employees, if so requested by his employer, the employee must submit himself for examination at some reasonable time to a reputable physician selected by the employer, and from time to time thereafter during the pendency of his claim for compensation, or during the receipt by him for payinent under this act, but he shall not be required to so submit himself, more than once in two weeks unless in accordance with such orders as may be made by the proper court or judge thereof. Either party may upon demand require a report of any examination made by the physician of the other party upon payment of a fee of one dollar therefor. (b) If the employees request he shall be entitled to have a physician of his own selection present at the time to participate in such examinations. (c) Unless there has been a reasonable opportunity thereafter for such physician selected by the employee to participate in the examination in the presence of the physician selected by the employer, the physician selected by the employer shall.not be permitted afterwards to give evidence of the condition of the employee in a dispute as to the injury. (d) Except as provided herein in this act there shall be no other disqualification or privilege preventing the testimony of a physician who actually makes an examination.
SEC. 18. In case of a dispute as to the injury, the committee, or arbitrator as hereinafter provided, or the judge of the district court shall have the power to employ a neutral physician of good standing and ability, whose duty it shall be, at the expense of the parties to make an examination of the injured person, as the court may direct, on the petition of either or both the employer and employee or dependents.
Sec. 19. If the employer or the employee has a physician make such an examination and no reasonable opportunity is given to the other party to have his physician make examination, then, in case of a dispute as to the injury, the physician of the party making such examination shall not give evidence before the court unless a neutral physician either has examined or then does examine the injured employee and give testimony regarding the injuries.
Sec. 20. If the employee shall refuse examination by physician selected by the employer, with the presence of a physician of his own selection, and shall refuse an examination by the physician appointed by the court, he shall have no right to compensation during the period from refusal until he, or someone in his behalf, notifies the employer or the court that he is willing to have such examination.
Sec. 21. A physician making an examination shall give to the employer and to the workman a certificate as to the condition of the workman, but such certificate shall not be competent evidence of that condition unless supported by his testimony if his testimony would have been admissible.
Sec. 22. Proceedings for the recovery of compensation under this act shall not be maintainable unless written notice of the accident, stating the time, place, and particulars thereof, and the name and address of the person injured, has been given within ten days after the accident, and unless a claim for compensation has been made within six months after the accident, or in case of death, within six months from the date thereof. Such notice shall be delivered by registered mail, or by delivery to the employer. The want of, or any defect in such notice or in its service, shall not be a bar unless the employer proves that he has, in fact, been thereby prejudiced, or if such want or defect was occasioned by mistake, physical or mental incapacity or other reasonable cause, and the failure to make a claim within the period above specified shall not be a bar, if such failure was occasioned by a mistake, physical or mental incapacity, or other reasonable cause.
Sec. 23. Compensation due under this act may be settled by agreement. Every such agreement, other than a release, shall be in the form hereinafter provided.
Sec. 24. If compensation be not so settled by agreement: (a) If any committee representative of the employer and the workman exists, organized for the purpose of settling disputes under this act, the matter shall, unless either party objects by notice in writing delivered or sent by registered mail to the other party before the committee meets to consider the matter, be settled in accordance with its rules by such committee or by an arbitrator selected by it. (b) It either party so objects, or there is no such committee, or the committee or the arbitrator to whom it refers the matter fails to settle it within sixty days from the date of the claim, the matter may be settled by a single arbitrato, agreed on by the parties, or appointed by any judge of a court where an action might be maintained. The consent to arbitration shall be in writing and signed by the parties and may limit the fees of the arbitrator and the time within which the award must be made. And unless such consent and the order of appoint
ment expressly refers other questions, only the question of the amount of compensation shall be deemed to be in issue.
Sec. 25. The arbitrator shall not be bound by technical rules of procedure or evidence, but shall give the parties reasonable opportunity to be heard and act reasonably and without partiality. He shall make and file his award, with the consent to arbitration attached in the office of the clerk of the proper district court within the time limited in the consent, or if no time limit is fixed therein, within sixty days after his selection, and shall give notice of such filing to the parties by mail.
Sec. 26. The arbitrator's fees shall be fixed by the consent to arbitration or be agreed to by the parties before the arbitration, and if not so fixed or agreed to, they shall not exceed $10.00 per day, for not to exceed ten days, and disbursements for expense. The arbitrator shall tax or apportion the costs of such fees in his discretion and shall add the amount taxed or apportioned against the employer to the first payment made under the award, and he shall note the amount of his fees on the award and shall have a lien therefor on the first payments due under the award.
Sec. 27. Every agreement for compensation and every award shall be in writing, signed and acknowledged by the parties or by the arbitrator or secretary of the committee herein before referred to, and shall specify the amount due and unpaid by the employer to the workman up to the date of the agreement or award, and if any, the amount of the payments thereafter to be paid by the employer to the workman and the length of time such payments shall continue.
Sec. 28. It shall be the duty of the employer to file or cause to be filed every release of liability hereunder, every agreement for or award of compensation, or modifying an agreement for or award of compensation, under this act, if not filed by the committee or arbitrator, to which he is a party, or a sworn copy thereof, in the office of the district court in the county in which the accident occurred within sixty days after it is made, otherwise it shall be void as against the workman. The said clerk shall accept, receipt for, and file any such release, agreement or award, without fee, and record and index it in the book' kept for that purpose. Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the workman from filing such agreement or award.
Sec. 29. At any time within one year after an agreement or award has been so filed, a judge of a district court having jurisdiction may, upon the application of either party, cancel such agreement or award, upon such terms as may be just, if it be shown to his satisfaction that the workman has returned to work and is earning approximately the same or higher wages as or than he did before the accident, or that the agreement or award has been obtained by fraud or undue influence, or that the committee or arbitrator making the award acted without authority or was guilty of serious misconduct, or that the award is grossly inadequate or grossly excessive, or if the employee absents himself so that a reasonable examination of his condition can not be made, or has departed beyond the boundaries of the United States or Canada.
Sec. 30. At any time after the filing of an agreement or award and before judgment has been granted thereon, the employer may stay proceedings thereon by filing in the office of the clerk of the district court wherein such agreements or award is filed: (a) A proper certificate of a qualified insurance company that the amount of the compensation to the workman is insured by it: (b) A proper bond undertaking to secure the payment of the compensation. Such certificate or bond shall first be approved by a judge of the said district court.
Sec. 31. At any time after an agreement or award has been filed, the workman may apply to the said district court for judgment against the employer for a lump sum equal to eighty per cent of the amount of payments due and unpaid and prospectively due under the agreement or award; and, unless the agreement or award be stayed, modified or canceled, or the liability thereunder be redeemed or otherwise discharged, the court shall examine the workman under oath, and if satisfied that the application is made because of doubt as to the security of his compensation, shall compute the sum and direct judgment accordingly, as if in an action: Provided, That if the employer shall give a good and sufficient bond, approved by the court, no execution shall issue on such judgment so long as the employer continues to make payments in accordance with the original agreement or award undiminished by the discount.
Sec. 32. An agreement or award may be modified at any time by a subsequent agreement; or, at any time after one year from the date of filing; it may be reviewed, upon the application of either party on the ground that the incapacity of the workman has subsequently increased or diminished. Such application shall be made to the said district court; and, unless the parties consent to arbitration, the court may appoint a medical practitioner to examine the workman and report to it; and upon his report and after hearing the evidence of the parties, the court may modify such agreement or award, as may be just, by ending, increasing or diminishing the compensation, subject to the limitations hereinbefore provided.
Sec. 33. Where any payment has been continued for not less than six months the liability therefor may be redeemed by the employer by the payment to the workman of a lump sum of an amount equal to eighty per cent of the payments which may become due according to the award, such amount to be determined by agreement, or, in default thereof, upon application, to a judge of a district court having jurisdiction. Upon paying such amount the employer shall be discharged from all further liability on account of the injury, and be entitled to a duly executed release, upon filing which or other due proof of payment, the liability upon any agreement or award shall be discharged of record.
SEC. 34. Where the payment of compensation to the workman is insured, by a policy or policies, at the expense of the employer, the insurer shall be subrogated to the rights and duties under this act of the employer, so far as appropriate.
SEC. 35. All references hereinbefore to a district court of the State of Kansas having jurisdiction of
a civil action between the parties shall be construed as relating to the then existing Code of Civil Procedure. Such court shall make all rules necessary and appropriate to carry out the provisions of this act.
Sec. 36. A workman's right to compensation under this act, may, in default of agreement or arbitration, be determined and enforced by action in any court of competent jurisdiction. In every such action the right to trial by jury shall be deemed waived and the case tried by the court without a jury, unless either party, with his notice of trial, or when the case is placed upon the calendar-demand a jury trial. The judgment in the action, if in favor of the plaintiff, shall be for a lump sum equal to the amount of the payments then due and prospectively due under this act, with interest on the payments overdue, or, in the discretion of the trial judge, for periodical payments as in an award. Where death results from injury, the action shall be brought by the dependent or dependents entitled to the compensation or by the legal representative of the deceased for the benefit of the dependents as herein defined; and in such action the judgment may provide for the proportion of the award to be distributed to or between the several dependents; otherwise such proportions shall be determined by the proper probate court. An action to set aside a release or other discharge of liability on the ground of fraud or mental incompetency may be joined with an action for compensation under this act. No action or proceeding provided for in this act shall be brought or maintained outside of the State of Kansas, and notice thereof may be given by publication against nonresidents of the State in the manner now provided by article 7 of chapter 95, General Statutes of Kansas of 1909 so far as the same may be applicable, and by personal service of a true copy of the first publication within twenty-one days after the date of the said first publication unless excused by the court upon proper showing that such service can not be made.
Sec. 37. The cause of action shall be deemed in every case, including a case where death results from the injury to have accrued to the injured workman at the time of the accident; and the time limited in which to commence an action for compensation therefor shall run as against him, his legal representatives and dependents from that date.
Sec. 38. Contingent fees of attorneys for services and proceedings under this act shall in every case be subject to approval by the court.
Sec. 39. If the superintendent of insurance by and with the advice and written approval of the attorney general certifies that any scheme of compensation, benefit or insurance for the workman of an employer in any employment to which this act applies, whether or not such scheme includes other employers and their workmen, provides scales of compensation not less favorable to the workmen and their dependents than the corresponding scales contained in this act, and that, where the scheme provides for contributions by the workman, the scheme confers benefits at least equivalent to those contributions, in addition to the benefits to which the workmen would have been entitled under this act or their equivalents, the employer, may, while the certificate is in force, contract with any of his workmen that the provisions of the scheme shall be substituted for the provisions of this act; and thereupon the employer shall be liable only in accordance with that scheme; but, save as aforesaid, this act shall not apply notwithstanding any contract to the contrary made after this act becomes a law.
Sec. 40. No scheme shall be so certified which does not contain suitable provisions for the equitable distribution of any moneys or securities held for the purpose of the scheme, after due provision has been made to discharge the liabilities already accrued, if and when such certificate is revoked or the scheme otherwise terminated.
Sec. 41. If at any time the scheme no longer fulfills the requirements of this article, or is not fairly administered, or other valid and substantial reasons therefor exist, the superintendent of insurance by and with the attorney general shall revoke the certificate and the scheme shall thereby be terminated.
Sec. 42. Where a certified scheme is in effect the employer shall answer all such inquiries and furnish all such accounts in regard thereto as may be required by the superintendent.
Sec. 43. The superintendent of insurance may make all rules and regulations necessary to carry out the purposes of the four preceding sections.
Sec. 44. All employers as defined by this act who shall elect to come within the provisions of this act and of all acts amendatory hereof shall do so by filing a statement to such effect with the secretary of state of this State at any time after taking effect of this act, which election shall be binding upon such employer for the term of one year from the date of the filing of such statement, and thereafter, without further act on his part, for successive terms of one year each, unless such employer shall, at least sixty days prior to the expiration of such first or of any succeeding year, file in the office of the secretary of state a notice in writing to the effect that he withdraws his election to be subject to the provisions of this act. Notice of such election or withdrawal shall be forth with posted by such employer in conspicuous places in and about his place of business.
Sec. 45. Every employee entitled to come within the provisions of this act, shall be presumed to have done so unless he serve written notice, before injury, upon his employer that he elects not to accept thereunder and thereafter any such employee desiring to change his election shall only do so by serving written notice thereof upon his employer. Any contract wherein an employer requires of an employee as a condition of employment that he shall elect not to come within the provisions of this act shall be void.
Sec. 46. In any action to recover damages for a personal injury sustained within this State by an employee (entitled to come within the provisions of this act) while engaged in the line of his duty as such or for death resulting from personal injury so sustained, in which recovery is sought upon the ground of want of due care of the employer or of any officer, agent or servant of the employer, where such employer is within the provisions hereof, it shall not be a defense to any employer (as herein in this act defined) who shall not have elected, as hereinbefore provided, to come within the provisions of this act: (a) That the employee either expressly or impliedly assumed the risk of the hazard complained of; (b) that the injury or death was caused in whole or in part by the want of due care of a fellow servant; (c) that such employee was guilty of contributory negligence but such contributory negligence of said employee shall be considered by the jury in assessing the amount of recovery.
Sec. 47. In an action to recover damages for a personal injury sustained within this State by an employee (entitled to come within the provisions of this act) while engaged in the line of his duty as such or for death resulting from personal injury so sustained in which recovery is sought upon the ground of want of due care of the employer or of any officer, agent or servant of the employer, and where such employer has elected to come and is within the provisions of this act as hereinbefore provided, it shall be a defense for such employer in all cases where said employee has elected not to come within the provisions of this act; (a) That the employee either expressly or impliedly assumed the risk of the hazard complained of; (b) that the injury or death was caused in whole or in part by the want of due care of a fellow servant; (c) that said employee was guilty of contributory negligence: Provided, however, That none of these defenses shall be available where the injury was caused by the willful or gross negligence of such employer, or of any managing officer, or managing agent of said employer, or where under the law existing at the time of the death or injury such defenses are not available.
SEC. 48. Nothing in this act shall be construed to amend or repeal section 6999 of the General Statutes of Kansas of 1909, or House bill No. 240 of the Session of 1911, the same being “An act relating to the liability of common carriers by railroads to their employees in certain cases, and repealing all acts and parts of acts so far as the same are in conflict herewith."
Sec. 49. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the statute book, and the first day of January, 1912.
MARYLAND.. (The cooperative insurance law of Maryland, applicable to coal and clay miners in Allegany and Garrett counties, was printed in Bulletin No. 91, pp. 1066-1070.]
[The cooperative insurance law of Montana, applicable to coal mine employees, was printed in Bulletin No. 85, pp. 658-661.]
ACT APPROVED APRIL 15, 1911.
SECTION 1. This act shall apply only to workmen engaged in manual or mechanical labor in the employments described in this section, which, from the nature, conditions or means of prosecution of such work, are dangerous to the life and limb of workmen engaged therein, because in them the risks of employment and the danger of injury caused by fellow servants are great and difficult to avoid. (a) The operation on steam or electric raili.ads of locomotives, engines, trains or cars, or the construction, alteration, maintenance or repair of steam railroad tracks or road beds over which such locomotives, engines, trains or cars are or are to be operated. (b) Work in any shop, mill, factory or other place on, in connection with or in proximity to any hoisting apparatus, or any machinery propelled or operated by steam or other mechanical power in which shop, mill, factory or other place five or more persons are engaged in manual or mechanical labor. (c) The construction, operation, alteration or repair of wires or lines of wires, cables, switchboards or apparatus, charged with electric currents. (d) All work necessitating dangerous proximity to gunpowder, blasting powder, dynamite or any other explosives, where the same are used as instrumentalities of the industry, or to any steam boiler owned or operated by the employer, provided. injury is occasioned by the explosion of any such boiler or explosive. (e) Work in or about any quarry, mine or foundry. As to each of said employments it is deemed necessary to establish a new system of compensation for accidents to wo kmen.
Sec. 2. If, in the course of any of the employments above described, personal injury by accident arising out of and in the course of the employment is caused to any workman employed therein, in whole or in part, by failure of the employer to comply with any statute, or with any order made under authority of law, or by the negligence of the employer or any of his or its officers, agents or employees, or by reason of any defect or insufficiency due to his, its or their negligence in the condition of his or its plant, ways, works, machinery, cars, engines, equipment, or appliances, then such employer shall be liable to such workman for all damages occasioned to him, or, in case of his death, to his personal representatives for all damages now recoverable under . the provisions of chapter 191 of the Public Statutes. The workman shall not be held
to have assumed the risk of any injury, due to any cause specified in this section; but there shall be no liability under this section for any injury to which it shall be made to appear by a preponderance of evidence that the negligence of the plaintiff contributed. The damages provided for by this section shall be recovered in an action on the case for negligence.
Sec. 3. The provisions of section 2 of this act shall not apply to any employer who shall have filed with the commissioner of labor his declaration in writing that he accepts the provisions of this act as contained in the succeeding sections, and shall have satisfied the commissioner of labor of his financial ability to comply with its provisions, or shall have filed with the commissioner of labor a bond, in such form and amount as the commissioner may prescribe, conditioned on the discharge by such employer of all liability incurred under this act. Such bond shall be enforced by the commissioner of labor for the benefit of all persons to whom such employer may become liable under this act in the same manner as probate bonds are enforced. The commissioner may, from time to time, order the filing of new bonds, when in his judgment such bonds are necessary; and after thirty days from the communication of such order to any employer, such employer shall be subject to the provisions of section 2 of this act until such order has been complied with. The employer may at any time revoke his acceptance of the provisions of the succeeding sections of this act by filing with the commissioner of labor a declaration to that effect, and by posting copies of such declaration in conspicuous places about the place where his workmen are employed. Any person aggrieved by any decision of the commissioner under this section may apply by petition to any justice of the superior court for a review of such decision and said justice on notice and hearing shall make such order affirming, reversing or modifying such decision as justice may require; and such order shall be final. Such employer shall be liable to all workmen engaged in any of the employments specified in section 1, for any injury arising out of and in the course of their employment, in the manner provided in the following sections of this act: Provided, That the employer shall not be liable in respect of any injury which does not disable the workman for a period of at least two weeks from earning full wages at the work at which he was employed: And, provided, That the employer shall not be liable in respect of any injury to the workman which is caused in whole or in part