Thursday, July 15, 2004

Two More Cases Hold Date of Injury in Cumulative Trauma Case is Last Day of Work

In Leslie Fay Companies, et al. v. WCAB (Macaluso, et al.) the Commonwealth Court let stand a WCJ's decision finding the date of injury in a cumulative trauma case was the last day of work. The insurer appealed because the Claimant had a long history of symptoms and the last insurer only covered the Employer for two an a half months.

As stated recently by the Supreme Court in City of Philadelphia v. WCAB (Williams) the analysis of the appropriate date of injury in a cumulative trauma case looks only to whether credited medical evidence establishes each day of work causes an "aggravation" or new injury.

Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Practice and Procedure Reference 3.104

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