A bold and landmark ruling was recently handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court held that long term disability payments for longshoremen will now be determined by the date the disability or death occurred rather than the date the employee was first awarded compensation.
This clarification removes confusion as to when to begin payments; a date which determines the ultimate payment amount for an injured longshoreman. This decision will have implications across the U.S.
The Supreme Court explored the example of two workers hurt in the same incident on the same day who may have been awarded different compensation amounts based on arbitrary court dates. This new ruling will ensure something like this does not happen again.