Recovering Maintenance & Cure Benefits
When an accident or injury occurs at a workplace, the employee injured typically has the right to compensation for medical expenses and loss of wages. Offshore workers have the same right to benefits when they are injured in accidents that occur on offshore vessels such as oil rigs, offshore platforms, and jack-up rigs. Seamen and harbor workers differ from normal employees because they are dependent on their employer for safe shelter and food in addition to normal wages. When a maritime worker falls ill or is injured while at sea, medical care may also be required.
Maintenance and cure benefits are available under the law to maritime workers, and employers are legally obligated to provide these benefits to injured or ill crew embers under general maritime law. The term "maintenance" includes benefits such as room and board, food and utilities, as well as rent and transportation costs. "Crew" benefits cover medicine, necessary medical tests, and doctor and hospital bills. This may also include other medical care such as rehabilitative therapy or in-home care that is necessary to help the injured worker fully recover.
Protecting Your Rights as a Maritime Worker
Slippery deck platforms, broken machinery, and bitter weather conditions are all common causes of injury and illness among offshore workers. Depending on the type of accident, a worker may be unable to return to work for an extended period of time, leaving their family without a stable income. Maritime employers do not have the ability to pick and choose which benefits they provide to sick or injured employees. If your employer has failed to provide these benefits after you have suffered injury or illness, contact a maritime injury attorney for help.
We understand that recovering benefits is not always an easy task. In addition to fighting injury or illness, you also need the strength to stand up to your employer, who may refuse to pay or try to offer you a bare minimum amount. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we stand up for the rights of injured workers, and we will not allow your employer to take advantage of your rights. Contact our firm for the aggressive and determined legal support that you need to win maximum maintenance and care benefits. With a commitment to justice and a proven history of success, a personal injury lawyer from our team will provide you with caring support in your offshore accident case.