When a worker for a State Agency accidentally does you harm, you might expect to be compensated in some way.
However, when an Emergency Proclamation is declared all bets are off/
Sheila Bradley-Oben searched for photos that illustrate the scene when her son called her the night of February 13th.
“He was like, 'Mom, I have something to tell you. Your car has been damaged.' and I said, 'damaged?' what happened?” Oben explained.
She says her 2002 Nissan Altima was covered in a mound of ice and snow, it was totaled: the windshield was smashed, the roof, badly dented, the sideview mirror, cracked.
"There was glass all over the car. The car, of course, had water damage and the hood had three major dents in it," she said.
Her son had parked the car in a lot at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility that sits partially beneath I-95 where it crosses State Road.
According to Oben, a plow truck she thinks was PennDot, since this was '95,' had pushed snow over the side wall of the highway and down onto her car.
She says replacing her wrecked Altima with a newer model cost her a fair amount of money.
However, when she wrote to PennDot looking for compensation, Pennsylvania’s Department of General Services wrote back.
Turns out, because a "Snow Emergency" had been declared days earlier, state workers engaged in emergency services are not liable for death or injury to persons, or damage to property.
The letter ends with: "while we regret your misfortune...we must respectfully deny your claim."
Bruce Gordon called the Department of General Services, looking for an explanation of the law.
Sheila wonders why the state can't at least compensate her for her out-of-pocket costs.
General Services returned the call late this Wednesday afternoon, promising to take a second look at Sheila's case, to see if there's any wiggle room, with regard to compensating her for her loss.
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