Workers' Compensation

Pennsylvania: Claimant Fails to Show Psychic Injury Resulted From Abnormal Conditions

In Pennsylvania, a claimant seeking benefits for a psychic injury must meet a higher standard for causation by proving that (a) he or she suffered a psychic injury; and (b) his or her psychic injury was more than a subjective reaction to normal working conditions.  With that rule in mind, a divided state appellate court reversed a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board that had awarded workers’ compensation benefits to the only African-American female in a workforce of approximately 200 employees, finding that she had not established that her psychic injury was the result of abnormal working conditions. While claimant’s physician reported that claimant’s depression was solely caused by her “stressful and overwhelming work conditions,” but did not state the cause of such stressful and overwhelming work conditions, she had failed to prove the required connection.

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter, is a leading commentator and expert on the law of workers’ compensation.

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See Frog, Switch & Mfg. Co. v. Workers’ Comp. Appeal Bd. (Johnson), 2014 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 554 (Dec. 4, 2014) [2014 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 554 (Dec. 4, 2014)]

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 56.04 [56.04]

Source: Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the nation’s leading authority on workers’ compensation law.

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