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 Our client was a 52 year old carpenter who fell forty feet from a roof while working on a new housing plan in the eastern part of Allegheny County. The building company was owned by an out-of-state firm which attempted to argue that our client was not an employee of the company, but rather the employee of an uninsured subcontractor who they had also brought with them from out of state. The company also argued that as they owned the property, they could not be liable as the statutory employer, and that our client was not entitled to workers' compensation benefits. We argued that our client was the statutory employee of the general contractor and a workers' compensation judge (WCJ) agreed. The Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, however, reversed the WCJ. The Commonwealth Court, in a unanimous decision, affirmed the award of benefits. Verlin Gann v. MBS Management, 792 A.2d 701 (Pa. Commw. 2002). We handled the workers' compensation case before the WCJ and also the appeal to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

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