What If My Employer Won't Pay for Maintenance & Cure?
If you were injured while working offshore, you may have the legal right to receive what is known as maintenance and cure. This benefit is provided by general maritime law to injured seaman—regardless of who is technically considered to be at fault.
Maintenance is a daily fee to cover the injured seaman's room and board. Cure covers all reasonable, necessary medical treatment. Even though you are provided this right under the law, not all employers act ethically and pay what you are owed. It is important to know that if your employer is not paying your medical bills that you have legal rights. If your employer is refusing to pay the medical expenses related to your injury, and therefore denying your rights to maintenance and cure, it is crucial that you contact an experienced maritime lawyer as soon as possible.
By working with a lawyer who is knowledgeable about maritime law, you can take the necessary steps toward recovering the benefits you deserve—in some cases, you may even be owed punitive damages.