To say that the Commonwealth Court case of DePue v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (N. Paone Construction) is troubling is a vast understatement. The court sets a very dangerous precedent regarding the finality of the compromise and release agreement (C&R), which warrants great attention on the part of the claimant’s practitioner when preparing the agreement. Moreover, it may have a chilling effect on settlements, given the great specificity of the settlement language that the decision imposes.
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