Here is a list of some recent decisions in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Cases that may be of interest:
- With the ever changing definition of marriage in the United States, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, that considers appeals, found that a Native American ceremonial marriage was valid for purposes of determining whether a widow was entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits.
- When a third party is responsible for work related injuries (think of a worker hurt on the job because of defective machinery), the workers’ compensation carrier is absolutely entitled to receive reimbursement for a portion of benefits paid or payable out of any recovery from a third party. However, in another case, the appellate Courts have held that if an employee does not pursue such a third party case, the insurance company for the employer cannot unilaterally seek to assert those subrogation rights on behalf of the employee. [Read more…]