Maintenance and Cure
Every seaman who becomes sick or injured during the course of his employment, regardless of fault of his employer, crewmembers, or the owner or operator of the vessel, is entitled to his maintenance and cure. The courts agree that these duties arise out of the context of the employment relationship and do not require the existence of any negligence or fault of the vessel.
Maintenance and cure benefits are owed to the seaman until he is fit for duty or until he reaches maximum medical improvement (MMI). Maintenance benefits are intended to provide for the injured seaman’s reasonable room and board while ashore. The cure benefits include all reasonable medical expenses incurred by the seaman for treatment.
If you think your claim may fall under the General Maritime Law, or have further questions regarding the law, please contact an experienced maritime law attorney at the Cochran Law Firm today.
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