Monday, November 28, 2016

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Reaffirms That Heart and Lung Benefits Are Not Subject to Subrogation Under MVFRL

In a recent decision in the case of Pennsylvania State Police v. WCAB, No. 2426 C.D. 2015 (Pa. Cmwlth. Oct. 26, 2016), the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court followed it prior decision in the case of Stermel v WCAB, 103 A.3d 876 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2014), and reaffirmed that Heart and Lung benefits are not subject to Subrogation pursuant to Section 1720 of the MVFRL. 

Stated otherwise, the court ruled that the employer, which in this case was the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, was not entitled to subrogation from Claimant's third-party recovery in a motor vehicle accident case.

Anyone wishing to review a copy of this decision may click this LINK

I send thanks to Attorney Bruce Zero of  Powell Law in Scranton, PA for bringing this decision to my attention.

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