Friday, January 17, 2020

Issues of Fact Stall Decision on Whether Defendant Employer Protected by Worker's Compensation Immunity Provisions

In the case of Ravier v. Gearhart, No. 6676-CV-2017 (C.P. Monroe Co. Nov. 1, 2019 Williamson, J.), the court denied a Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings filed by Additional Defendants in a personal injury action involving a workplace accident.

The Plaintiff filed suit against various Defendants who had joined certain Additional Defendants. The Additional Defendants filed a Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings asserting that they were immune from suit in this personal injury action under the Workers’ Compensation Act as the Plaintiff’s employer at the time of the accident.

The court denied the motion based upon their being issues of fact and uncertainty as to which entity was the Plaintiff’s employer at the time of her accident. The court noted that additional discovery was necessary before it could rule on the Additional Defendants’ claims of immunity.

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Source: “Digest of Recent Opinions.” Pennsylvania Law Weekly (Nov. 26, 2019).

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