Thursday, November 18, 2004

Commonwealth Court Emphasizes Limited Basis of Appeal for Capricious Disregard of Competent Evidence

In E. Williams v. WCAB (USX Corp.-Fairless Works, et al.) the Claimant appealed the credibility findings of the WCJ. The Commonwealth Court made it clear that the Claimant could not cobble together bits and pieces of testimony to make an argument that the WCJ capriciously disregarded competent evidence. Rather, the WCJ's decision identified and explained the substantial, competent, and credible evidence on which the decision was based. The Court emphasized it will be a rare instance in which an appellate court would disturb an adjudication based upon the capricious disregard of material, competent evidence.

Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Practice and Procedure Reference 29.217

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