Monday, May 17, 2004

Commonwealth Court Holds Claimant Did Not Meet His Burden to Reinstate After Retirement

A. Capasso v. WCAB (RACS Associates, Inc.) describes the Claimant's burden to overcome testimony that he retired. Once the Claimant testifies he retired, the presumption that his loss of earning power is through no fault of his own is abolished. The Claimant must show he is seeking to return to work or he was forced to retire because of his work injury.

The Commonwealth Court also held that where only the Claimant presented evidence, the WCJ was free to discredit it. The Court engaged in Daniels and Wintermeyer review of the WCJ's credibility finding that the Claimant's injury did not motivate him to retire, and the Court affirmed the finding.

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