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.

WCJ Should Not Dismiss Claim Petitions Unless There is Prejudice

In Northtec, LLC v. WCAB (Skaria), the Commonwealth Court ruled that a Workers’ Compensation Judge should not dismiss a Claim Petition with prejudice when the circumstances are outside the Claimant’s control. In this case, Claimant did not take a medical expert deposition because the expert believed that Claimant needed to undergo an invasive procedure to refine his causal opinions.

October 2016 Edition
Volume X
Number 8

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Rebuttable Presumptions Apply to Occupational Disease Claims

Under Section 108(r) of the Occupational Disease Act, there is rebuttable presumption for firefighters who suffer from cancer caused by a direct exposure to a Group 1 carcinogen to which he was exposed in the workplace. So ruled the Commonwealth Court in Hutz v. WCAB (City of Philadelphia).