Commonwealth Court Issues Ruling on Massage Therapy Treatment in Workers' Compensation Case

Date: October 3, 2007
Posted In: DLP Law

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently ruled in Boleratz v. W.C.A.B. (Airgas, Inc.) that treatment in the nature of massage therapy was not subject to payment by the employer under the Pa. Workers’ Compensation Act. In Boleratz, the treatment in question had been prescribed by Claimant’s treating physician. The parties also agreed that the treatment was causally related to the work injury. The Court held hold that the services of the massage therapist, who is not licensed or otherwise authorized by the Commonwealth to provide health care services, are not reimbursable under the Act, even if the services are prescribed by a health care provider as the services did not constitute “services rendered by a health care provider under the Workers’ Compensation Act”. 77 P.S. § 531(1)(i)(ii); 77 P.S. § 29.
Thomas P. Cummings, Esq.
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Joe Price
Attorney Joe Price is a seasoned Trial Lawyer serving Northeast, Central and Southeast Pennsylvania for the past forty (40) years. He has handled serious personal injury cases in courts throughout the Federal system including New Jersey and New York. Attorney Price is A.V. Rated by Martindale Hubble. He is Board Certified in Civil Practice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1996.