Appeal from the Order of the Workmen's Compensation Appeal Board in the case of Manojkumar D. Patel v. Sauquoit Fibers Company, No. A-75303.
Manojkumar D. Patel, petitioner, for himself.
Kathleen A. Lenahan, with her, John R. Lenahan, Lenahan and Dempsey, for respondents.
Judges Wilkinson, Jr., Craig and Palladino, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Craig.
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In this workmen's compensation appeal, the claimant*fn1 questions a denial of benefits by the board,*fn2 affirming a referee's decision denying benefits to claimant, a quality control auditor.
On October 12, 1975, claimant suffered a work-related injury to his ankle, and from March 23, 1976 through July 18, 1976 received workmen's compensation at the rate of $88.90 per week. Claimant returned to his job on July 19, 1976, at his previous rate of pay, and on October 20, 1976 he signed a final settlement receipt.
Claimant, along with 150 fellow workers, was permanently laid off on October 22, 1976. Thereafter, claimant received unemployment compensation until October 22, 1977.
However, on July 16, 1977, the claimant filed a claim petition alleging a 25% permanent disability
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emanating from his work-related injury suffered on October 12, 1975. Because the claimant had signed a final receipt, the referee properly treated the claim petition as a petition to set aside a final receipt.
A party wishing to set aside a final receipt has the burden of showing that all disability due to the injury in fact had not terminated at the time the final receipt was given. R.H. Johnson Construction Co. v. Workmen's Compensation Appeal Board, 35 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 338, 385 A.2d 1035 (1978).
Based upon the record before us, we cannot hold that the referee capriciously disregarded competent evidence in reaching his decision that the claimant ...