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Workers’ Compensation Benefits Awarded to Manager of Robbed Liquor Store

In April of 2008, 60-year-old Gregory Kochanowicz was duct-taped to a chair with a gun pressed to his head as he and his place of employment, a Pennsylvania liquor store, were robbed.

Kochanowicz filed for workers’ compensation benefits, according to Insurance Journal, claiming that the events that happened in April 2008 have haunted him with painful and stressful memories.

Now, almost 7 years later, Kochanowicz will receive approximately $727 a week, as the Commonwealth Court has deemed him eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

Insurance Journal writes, “Is being robbed at gunpoint in a Pennsylvania state liquor store an ‘abnormal working condition’ or not?” Because attorneys for the Liquor Control Board’s insurance company do not believe that having a gun pressed to your head, being duct-taped to chairs and getting robbed are not abnormal working conditions, citing that approximately 100 state store robberies in or around Philadelphia have occurred from 2002 to 2008.

Now that the Commonwealth Court has made a decision, the Liquor Control Board still has 60 days to appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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