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.

Federal Longshore Act takes precedence over the Workers’ Compensation Act

Employees injured while performing traditional maritime functions such as ship repair on a vessel that is "on the water" are not covered by the Worker's Compensation Act. Rather, the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act provides the exclusive remedy. So ruled the Commonwealth Court in Savoy v. WCAB (Global Associates).

September 2016 Edition
Volume X
Number 7

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Firefighters must prove that they were exposed to carcinogens

In City of Philadelphia Fire Department v. WCAB (Sladek), the Commonwealth Court held that, in order to establish the right to benefits under the Workers' Compensation Act, a Claimant must prove that his particular cancer is a type of cancer caused by the Group1 carcinogens to which he was exposed in the workplace.