Jones Act Attorneys Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin and Noah Wexler of Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a lawsuit for an injured maritime worker. The Texas galley hand injured her back while working on a rig that is owned by Transocean. The woman was employed by a catering company that was servicing the rig, but the catering company has yet to pay for any of her medical bills that were necessary for her recovery. The company also has so far refused to pay for her maintenance and cure, a claim under the Jones Act. This case was filed in Jefferson County, Texas.
This woman was considered a Jones Act worker alike the other members of the crew. This is because to qualify as a Jones Act seaman, the worker must be assigned to a vessel that is set to operate on navigable waters, must somehow contribute to the vessel's function and must also spend a majority of their working hours on the vessel while it is in operation. The woman in this case met all three criteria and therefore is entitled to not only compensation for her medical bills, but for maintenance and cure as well.
Maintenance is a word that, in the maritime industry, refers to periodic checks from the employer to injured employee until the employee's physical status has improved. In addition to this, cure is a term which refers to payments made by the employer to the employee until the employee has reached a physical state that is back as close to normal as is possible. Arnold & Itkin is proud to represent their client who is deserving of medical bill payment as well as maintenance and cure.