Seamen face dangerous working conditions each and every day. Because of these inherent dangers, maritime law allows for workers in the boating or shipping industry to receive care for injuries suffered at work. This is usually referred to as “maintenance and cure.” These benefits also apply to occupational diseases contracted during the course of work activities.
Many injured maritime workers require additional support in order to maintain their lives during the recovery process. If an injury keeps a seaman from returning to their work duties, they will likely need financial assistance for necessities like groceries, utility payments, and rent. Maintenance benefits can be used to cover these and other similar expenses.
Cure benefits are intended to assist seamen with their medical bills and other injury-related expenses. These benefits can also be used for treatment and recovery from occupational diseases contracted on the job.
Maintenance and cure benefits end when the injured worker reaches what is called “maximum cure.” However, this may not mean they’re fully recovered from their injury. Rather, a treating physician has determined that the worker’s condition will not improve.
Before you file a claim for maintenance and cure benefits, you should speak with a qualified and experienced attorney. Although maritime workers are entitled to these benefits, many employers attempt to maneuver around the law. Sometimes, they will even lower the amount of your benefit award without your knowledge or consent. This can result in insufficient care for injured workers.
If you feel you are entitled to maintenance & cure benefits, or if you think your benefit award has been compromised by your employer, seek legal advice right away. Our team of personal injury lawyers can evaluate your case and help pursue your claim in court if need be. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients and will strive to get you the compensation you deserve. Let us put our 75+ years of collective experience to work for you!
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