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.

C&R Can’t Be Set Aside Without Credible Evidence of Mutual Mistake

A Compromise and Release Agreement will not be rescinded because of a mutual mistake of fact when the claimant presents no credible evidence that the employer knew or should have known of the claimant's mistake regarding the impact of the C&R on unpaid medical bills. So held the Commonwealth Court in Hoang v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Howmet Aluminum Casting, Inc.).

September 2012 Edition
Volume VI
Number 7

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Work-Related Lunch Injury/Death is Compensable

In The Pennsylvania State University v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Rabin), the Commonwealth Court ruled that, when an individual leaves work to go to a restaurant during work hours to discuss work-related topics, that individual is considered within the scope of his or her employment. The Court also affirmed that a WCJ is not prohibited from making an inference that an event contributed to a person's death merely because it is not labeled as a "substantial" contributing factor.