Thursday, January 06, 2005

Commonwealth Court Case on Claimant's Burden for Reinstatement

In Bailey v. WCAB (US Airways) the Claimant's benefits were suspended upon his return to work. He elected to not perform overtime, and he filed a reinstatement petition with support from his physician for a forty hour per week restriction. The Employer presented medical evidence the Claimant could perform the overtime, but with pain.

In the findings of fact reproduced by the Court, the WCJ found the Claimant declined overtime for personal reasons, implicitly accepting the opinion of the Employer's expert. The Court affirmed the decision of the Board and WCJ which held the Claimant did not meet his burden to show a worsening of condition.

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