Workers' Comp In-Cites
Welcome to the latest edition of Schaff & Young's Workers' Comp In-Cites. Designed to provide our clients with practical insight, Workers' Comp In-Cites outlines recent developments in Pennsylvania workers' compensation law and explains how those decisions impact our clients and their cases. Barbara Young, Michael Schaff and the other attorneys at Schaff & Young, P.C. are always available to discuss these cases – or any other questions or concerns you might have. Just give us a call at (215) 988-0090 or send an email to We look forward to hearing from you.

Claimant Must Present Medical Testimony to Contest Modification Petition

When an employer’s medical expert testifies credibly about a claimant’s ability to work, and the employer has offered work to the claimant within those restrictions, the claimant must present medical evidence in order to defeat the petition. That is how the Commonwealth Court ruled in World Kitchen, Inc. v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Rideout).

October 2009 Edition
Volume III
Number 9

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No Unreasonable Contest in Dispute Whether an Accident Occurred on the Employer’s Property

In Thompson v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Cinema Center), the Commonwealth Court ruled that the contest of the Claim Petition was reasonable when the employer argued that the claimant’s injury did not occur within the course and scope of claimant’s employment because it occurred on a sidewalk strip not owned by the employer.

Home Modifications – Employer Must Pay for Repair of Substandard Work

An employer required to perform modifications to a claimant’s home in order is also obligated to pay for any work required to repair damage resulting from substandard construction of the initially required modifications, according to the Commonwealth Court in Equitable Resources v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Thomas).