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.

Issues in Prior Litigation

When the issue before the Workers’ Compensation Judge is different from an issue previously decided by a WCJ, a claimant is not barred by collateral estoppel from raising the issue in subsequent litigation. That’s the ruling of the Commonwealth Court in Lindemuth v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Strishock Coal Co.).

March 2016 Edition
Volume X
Number 2

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Supreme Court Agrees to Take IRE

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has granted an appeal in Duffey v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Trola-Dyne, Inc.). The Court will decide whether an Impairment Rating Evaluation is valid when the IRE only considered the injuries listed on the Notice of Compensation Payable issued at the time of injury, and did not consider additional injuries that subsequently arose and were known at the time of the IRE but not yet formally added to the description of injury.