Dugan & Associates, P.C.
No Recovery - No FeeFree Consultation
Serving all of Western Pennsylvania
Local: 412-353-3572 Toll Free: 888-99-D-U-G-A-N Toll Free: 888-99-D-U-G-A-N

State Supreme Court awards state trooper disability benefits

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overruled decisions of both a Workers Compensation Appeal Board and a Commonwealth Court. The Court has ruled to allow workers compensation disability benefits for a state trooper. The issue originally stemmed from an incident that took place on Nov. 29, 2006, in East Pennsboro Township, when a 28-year-old woman from Hampden Township darted into the path of the trooper's police cruiser and was killed.

According to court filings, the woman was seen wandering back and forth along the highway before she ran into the road in the dark on Interstate 81 while the trooper was on his way to work in Newport. He reportedly attempted to revive her while also attempting to keep both of them from being struck by oncoming traffic. She was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The officer originally returned to work in early 2007 after a period of what is believed to be just more than one month. When he did, he discovered that feelings of anxiety and stress severely limited his ability to perform his required duties. He then filed a workers compensation claim for benefits, claiming post-traumatic stress disorder. Both the Workers Compensation Appeal Board and a Commonwealth Court ruled that he was not eligible for benefits based on their belief that what transpired was not a sufficiently abnormal occurrence considering the normal working conditions that police officers are routinely required to face.

The Supreme Court accepted the case for adjudication and, in what was termed a close case, ruled in his favor. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a form of mental illness not normally associated with police work. In this case, the court ruled that the circumstances of the case made it sufficiently abnormal for the job so as to fall within the legal guidelines for the awarding of benefits under the law.

Source: Penn Live, "Supreme Court orders workers compensation benefits for state trooper involved in traumatic fatal crash on I-81", Matt Miller, November 04, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Pittsburgh Office
4 West Manilla Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Phone: 412-353-3572
Phone: 412-922-0800
Pittsburgh Law Office Map

Beaver County Office
2002 McMinn St.
Aliquippa, PA 15001

Phone: 412-353-3572
Phone: 724-775-7372
Aliquippa Law Office Map

North Hills
6400 Brooktree Ct.
Wexford, PA 15090

Phone: 412-353-3572
Phone: 724-933-0133
Wexford Law Office Map

Butler County
2009 Mackenzie Way
Suite 100
Cranberry Twp, PA 16066

Phone: 412-353-3572
Phone: 724-283-7063
Cranberry Twp Law Office Map

400 Penn Center Blvd.
Suite 101
Monroeville, PA 15232

Phone: 412-353-3572
Phone: 412-261-1129

Westmoreland County
101 N. Main St.
Suite 104 - A
Greensburg, PA 15601

Phone: 412-353-3572
Phone: 724-836-7454

Washington County
2400 Ansys Dr.
Suite 102
Canonsburg, PA 15317

Phone: 412-353-3572
Phone: 724-743-0463
Canonsburg Law Office Map

Serving all of Western Pennsylvania Free Consultation