Maintenance and Cure
Cure and Maintenance are automatic under the Jones Act, and are to be implemented even if the injury happened for reasons that were nobody’s fault.
Maintenance: This is a small daily allowance for living expenses during the time that you are injured. This should last for as long as the sailor would have been working had the injury not occurred.
Cure: This is coverage for your medical bills, including rehabilitation and therapy, until the injured seaman reaches maximum medical improvement. You should realize that maximum medical improvement can be reached even if the injury victim will never fully recover from his injuries, or even if he or she will never be able to return to work.
Injury Caused by Negligence
The Jones Act also allows for workers to bring suit for the recovery of damages in the event that the accident occurred due to negligence or incompetence. Click here for more information on the Jones Act.
Finding an Experienced Jones Act & Maritime Lawyer
If you are an injured seaman, you need protect yourself and your family by talking to an experienced maritime lawyer. Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of law after graduating law school. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.
The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has helped victims of serious injuries, and families affected by a wrongful death, for over 29 years. If you need help, contact Richard Serpe to setup a free consultation 877-544-5323.