Commonwealth Court vacates decision on abnormal working condition standard

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has vacated a Workers Compensation Appeal Board (WCAB) decision denying workers compensation benefits to an employee of store that was robbed.   By way of background, the injured employee was working at a store when the store was robbed.  The injured employee was assaulted as a result of the robbery and subsequently filed a workers compensation claim petition based on injuries sustained from the assault and mental distress from the robbery.   The Court agreed with the…

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PA Supreme Court to remain short-handed

You can read it here. With Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler's announced withdrawal, the state's high court will remain at five of seven seats, likely until the November elections.  Democrat Ken Gormley, was was the other high court nominee, will sit and watch his nomination die. Currently, the Supreme Court is divided at 3-21 for the GOP.  The Senate will not act on Gormley's nomination, because that would put the Court at a 3-3 deadlock.  In theory, does that…

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Realities in a Pennsylvania workers compensation settlement

I have written posts before about the timing of a workers compensation settlement. It’s a personal decision between you and your family.  The topic of this post is --- settlement expectations. There are a few realistic expectations that must be discussed to better help you understand the settlement process. First, just because an injured worker decides they are ready to settle their claim, does not necessarily mean the workers compensation insurance carrier is interested in settling claim. It has to…

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