Workers' Compensation

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PA: Where Occupational Disease Is Manifested Outside 300-Week Prescription Period, Civil Action Against Employer Is Not Barred by Exclusivity
Posted on 27 Nov 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

In a split decision, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently held that claims for an occupational disease, in this case mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure, which manifested outside the 300-week period prescribed by the Workers' Compensation... Read More

PA: High Court Reverses Lower Court Decision That Denied State Trooper’s PTSD Claim
Posted on 8 Nov 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

In Pennsylvania, to establish a so-called “mental-mental” injury claim, the employee must demonstrate that the injury resulted from "abnormal working conditions.” Announcing that the Commonwealth Court had “strayed beyond... Read More

Pennsylvania: Attendant Care-Providing Mother's Injuries at Hands of Knife-Wielding Son Are Compensable
Posted on 10 Jan 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

In a split decision involving bizarre circumstances, a Pennsylvania appellate court recently held that a woman employed under a state-funded program to provide attendant care services at her residence for her adult son, and who was brutally attacked by... Read More

Pennsylvania: Shortness of Deviation Time Not Determinative to Claim
Posted on 16 Aug 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

Reversing a decision by the state's Workers' Compensation Appeal Board that, in turn, had affirmed a judge's award of workers' compensation benefits to a claimant who sustained serious injuries to his thumb when he stepped away from his... Read More

Pennsylvania: “Premises” Cannot Be Extended to Cover Slip & Fall on College Campus Walkway
Posted on 2 Aug 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

A Pennsylvania appellate court recently held that the state’s Appeal Board erred when it awarded workers’ compensation benefits to a painter injured in a fall as he walked toward a train station at the end of his workday. A painting contractor... Read More

Pennsylvania: Worker’s Injuries Sustained Just After Quitting Are Nonetheless Compensable
Posted on 15 Aug 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A worker who within a few minutes of quitting his job as a driver technician sustained injuries in a fall on his “former” employer’s premises, is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits according to a Pennsylvania appellate... Read More

Pennsylvania: Divorced Spouse May Attach Husband’s LHWCA Benefits to Collect Unpaid Alimony
Posted on 7 Nov 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A Pennsylvania court has affirmed a trial court’s order that determined that an injured worker’s Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act benefits could be attached to pay the worker’s alimony obligation. The ex-husband had... Read More

Pennsylvania: WCJ’s Rejection of Uncontradicted Medical Evidence Offered by IRE Physician Was Appropriate
Posted on 2 Jun 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

Emphasizing that with regard to expert medical testimony, one should not conflate the qualifications of the expert with the persuasiveness of the expert’s testimony, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reversed a decision by the state’s Commonwealth... Read More

Pennsylvania: Late Notice of Employer’s Uninsured Status by Worker Limits Both Medical and Wage Loss Benefits
Posted on 13 May 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

Pursuant to 77 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2703(b), if an injured worker fails to notify the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund (Fund) within 45 days after the worker knows that the employer is uninsured, the Fund is not obligated to provide “compensation”... Read More