Case About a Janitor Who Suffered a Work-Related Injury Was Not Offered Any Suitable Work
In the Univ. of Pittsburgh v. Workers' Comp. Appeal Bd. (Johnson), 167 Pa. Commw. 643, 648 A.2d 1315 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1994) a janitor suffered a work-related injury, began receiving benefits and, five months later, executed a final receipt which stated that he was able to return to work that same day.
He did not return to work at the university and was not offered any suitable work thereafter.
Instead, the claimant began performing light work for his brother's ministry for which he received free room and board.
The claimant filed a petition to set aside the final receipt, which the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) granted.
The employer argued that it was entitled to a credit for the value of board and lodging paid to the claimant for his work at this brother's ministry. the Court agreed.