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ATLANTIC OIL PRODUCING CO. v. HOUSTON
1931 OK 126
298 P. 245
148 Okla. 197
Case Number: 22026
Supreme Court of Oklahoma
ATLANTIC OIL PRODUCING CO.
HOUSTON et al.
¶0 1. Master and Servant--Workmen's Compensation Law--Award for Total Loss of One Eye and Impairment of Other.
Under the provisions of the Workmen's Compensation Act, there is a specific provision for the loss of an eye and another for the loss of both eyes. An award for total loss of one eye and the impairment of the other should be fixed from the latter provision, and not by taking the award for the total loss of one eye and adding to it the award for the partial impairment of the other eye.
2. Same--Review of Awards--Conclusiveness of Findings of Fact.
The findings of fact of the State Industrial Commission will not be disturbed by this court where there is any competent evidence reasonably tending to support the same.
Original proceeding by the Atlantic Oil Producing Company to review an award of State Industrial Commission in favor of B. A. Houston. Award affirmed.
T. R. Freeman and Hagan & Gavin, for petitioner.
J. Berry King, Atty. Gen., and Robert D. Crowe, Asst. Atty. Gen., for respondents.
¶1 This is an original proceeding to review an award of the State Industrial Commission in favor of the claimant therein, respondent herein.
¶2 It is admitted that the respondent, while in the employ of the petitioner, received an accidental personal injury arising out of and in the course of his employment which resulted in the total and permanent loss of his left eye, the eye being removed in the course of treatment. Temporary total disability was shown, and there is no question raised as to the award therefor.
¶3 The State Industrial Commission found and made an award for total permanent disability of the left eye and partial permanent disability of the right eye to the extent of 5 per cent. It added the 100 per cent. and the 5 per cent. and divided the total by two and fixed the amount of the award at 52 1/2 per cent. of 500 weeks.
¶4 The petitioner complains of the award and says that there is no competent evidence reasonably tending to show any disability to the right eye arising out of and in the course of the employment; that the disability to the right eye is not the result of the injury or the effect thereof, and that, if the disability to the right eye is the effect of the injury to the left eye, the computation of the award should be on the basis of 100 weeks for each eye rather than for 500 weeks for both eyes, as determined by the Commission.
¶5 In support of the contention that there is no evidence reasonably tending to show any disability to the right eye arising out of and in the course of the employment of respondent, the petitioner says that the only evidence thereof came from the respondent and that he is not a competent or qualified witness either as to the disability to the right eye or the cause thereof. Decisions of this court are cited in support thereof. Petitioner, however, overlooks the fact that that evidence was offered and received without objection either as to the competency of the witness or of the testimony. Having been so received, the objection cannot be made for the first time in this court. Employers' Liability Assurance Corporation v. Grant, 147 Okla. 177, 296 P. 389. The respondent testified that after the injury to the left eye his vision in the right eye was such that he could read everything on the examiner's chart and that he now cannot read a newspaper without glasses. That evidence, under the rule cited, is such that this court cannot say that there is no competent evidence reasonably tending to show that the disability to the right eye resulted proximately from the injury to, or the removal of, the left eye. That portion of the award must therefore be approved. Transcontinental Oil Co. v. Eoff, 126 Okla. 91, 258 P. 743