Workers’ Comp In-Cites
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Commonwealth Court Clarifies Physical/Mental Injury Standard

In a physical/mental claim, a claimant must prove that a physical stimulus resulted in a mental disability, not that (1) he or she suffered a physical disability that caused a mental disability, or (2) the physical injury continues during the life of the psychic disability. Thus, an accident in which a claimant was involved in a head-on collision causing the death of the other driver before claimant's eyes, and disabling his loaded tractor-trailer causing it to descend an embankment, was sufficient to trigger the physical/mental standard. So held the Commonwealth Court in New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Kalmanowicz).

January 2013 Edition
Volume VII
Number 1

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