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The Connecticut Compensation Act, 23 Yale Law Journal 580 (1914)


Connecticut is a proverbially conservative State and rarely has

been the first to take up innovations. In adopting an act providing

compensation for injured workmen, she has had the advantage

of the experience of other countries and other American

States. More than three decades ago she took the same course

in framing a system of reformed procedure and availed herself of

the experiments which had gone before.

The Workmen's Compensation Act will doubtless require and

undergo important amendments before it reaches its final form.

As it stands now, it represents some of the best features of the

system which have proven themselves practical elsewhere, with

changes designed to adapt it to Connecticut needs.

The Act went into effect at the beginning of the current year,

the commissioners having been appointed three months before and

having used the intervening time in determining broad questions

of policy, mapping out plans for the administration of the Act

and preparing forms, rules and bulletins. The law came as a distinct

innovation in Connecticut jurisprudence. It found both the

profession and the public unacquainted, not only with its details,

but with the underlying conceptions of the system.

The work of those concerned in the administration has been

naturally, during the earlier months, largely educational in character,

consisting in great part in explaining the Act and seeking

to place the people of the State in a position to understand its

spirit as well as its details.

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