Friday, August 9, 2019

No Subrogation Allowed Against Third Party Tort Recovery Where Heart and Lung Benefits Were Paid


In the Commonwealth Court case of Kenney v. WCAB (Lower Pottsgrove Twp.), No. 845 C.D. 2018 (Pa. Cmwlth. Aug. 2, 2019)(Op. by Leavitt, P. J.), the Court held that there is no subrogation allowed against a third party tort recovery by a Plaintiff in a motor vehicle accident case when the benefits that were previously paid to the injured Plaintiff by the lienholder were Heart and Lung Benefits.  The Court ruled that this is so even if the benefits are paid out of a Trust.

In so ruling, the Commonwealth Court followed the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision in the case of Pennsylvania State Police v. WCAB (Bushta), 183 A.3d 958 (Pa. 2018)(Bushta II).

According to the Opinion, this matter arose out of a work-related car accident when the Plaintiff's police cruiser was struck by another vehicle.

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

I send thanks to Attorney Scott Cooper of the Harrisburg, PA law office of Schmidt Kramer for bringing this decision to my attention.


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