Effective Lawyers For Maintenance And Cure Claims
Those who work as seamen aboard vessels have the right to collect a daily stipend called “maintenance” and expenses for medical care called “cure” when they are injured or simply become sick while in the service of their employment.
The lawyers of The Bowling Law Firm are frequently called upon to assert claims of maintenance and cure on behalf of their seamen clients from across the Gulf Coast, in addition to seeking claims for pain and suffering, loss of earnings, and other damages recoverable under the Jones Act or other maritime laws.
What Is A Seaman Entitled To Recover?
The injured seaman is entitled to recover maintenance and cure until such time that the seaman has reached maximum medical improvement. If a seaman is denied maintenance and cure to which he is entitled without good reason, attorneys’ fees may additionally be recovered. In some cases in which the failure to pay is sufficiently egregious, punitive damages designed to punish the recalcitrant employer can be awarded.
Seamen have the right to maintenance and cure regardless of who was at fault. These benefits are available whether an injury was sustained due to another party’s negligence or if the seaman negligently caused his or her injuries. On occasions in which employers and their insurance carriers wrongfully deny benefits to eligible workers, experienced maintenance and cure attorneys can help obtain proper recovery.
As is attested by its role in securing the landmark decision in Davis vs. Odeco, 18 F. 3d 1287 (5th Cir. 1994), our Firm is a leader in the assertion of the rights of seamen not only to obtain maintenance and cure but also for recovery under the Jones Act and general maritime law.
Contact Our Experienced Maritime Attorneys
For more information regarding the attorneys at The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation, or to have one of the Firm’s personal injury or medical malpractice attorneys evaluate your case, call our office or complete the online form. The Firm serves clients in both Louisiana and Mississippi.