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Pennsylvania woman receives workers' compensation after stabbing

Recently, a Pennsylvania court has ruled that a woman is eligible to receive workers' compensation after an injury she suffered in her son's home. According to reports, the woman was acting as a caregiver for her adult son. Her son had health issues due to drug use and had undergone the amputation of one of his legs. The woman was receiving compensation from the state of Pennsylvania for the work she was performing. As part of her contract with the state she was required to live under the same roof as her son.

One night in April 2009, her son came into the woman's bedroom while she was sleeping and stabbed her multiple times in the throat and chest. Following the incident, the woman's son was sent to prison and the woman filed for workers' compensation. She was requesting money for the psychological and physical injuries she suffered as a result of the attack.

The woman was initially awarded $460 a week in workers' compensation, however that was overturned by the Worker's Compensation Appeal Board. The Commonwealth Court has since reversed the appeal board arguing that the woman suffered workplace injuries in the course of her employment.

Pennsylvania workers -- like this woman -- may be eligible for workers' compensation to help pay for some of the expenses arising from the injuries they have suffered at work. However, receiving compensation may not always be straightforward. Workers sometimes need the right evidence and documentation to prove the expenses and the injuries. With the right help though, workers can receive the money they need including compensation for lost wages, medical costs and other damages.

Source: The Patriot-News, "Woman stabbed by own son must get workers comp, Pa. court says," Matt Miller, Jan. 8, 2014

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