In the workplace, when an injury or accident takes place, the employee who is injured has the ability to file for compensation based on lost wages and medical expenses. In the offshore industry, employees have the same rights due to injury or accident when employed on oil rigs, offshore platforms, and other areas. When it comes to claiming compensation, the term maintenance and cure is considered. At Cueria Law Firm, we are well-versed in maintenance and cure. We can easily help you to file a claim for compensation based on your injury.
Understanding Maintenance and Cure
General maritime law includes the maintenance and cure principle. Based on this aspect, an owner of a sea vessel has to pay for living expenses like food and rent as well as a medical treatment until you are fully recovered. To receive such benefits, the injured party does not have to prove the owner of the vessel is required.
The term ‘cure’ means that the shipowner has to pay medical expenses while the seaman is serving the ship, at no cost to the employee. The medical cure obligation of the employer is complete once the employee’s condition has improved and is fully healed.
The term ‘maintenance’ refers to the shipowner providing the employee with a means to live while completing the rehabilitation process. The employee no longer requires maintenance when he can maintain himself and no longer needs help from the employer.
Seamen will be able to receive compensation benefits for work injuries that will cover all healthcare costs. Once the maximum medical improvement has been reached, the seaman will no longer be provided with maintenance and cure. The employee may also be considered as healthy as they can be, even if a full recovery is not met. In this instance, maintenance and cure will not cover all medical treatment, pain, and suffering. You may need to seek additional compensation based on your individual case.
At Cueria Law Firm, we understand maintenance and cure.
We can review your case and determine what will work best based on your legal needs. Our Louisiana personal injury attorneys will help you to file for compensation based on maintenance and cure or consider other legal actions to help you receive the monetary help you need based on injury.
As an offshore employee, you have the legal right to receive maintenance and cure. The benefit is provided based on general maritime law. It does not matter who is at fault based on this law. Let our attorneys help you receive such compensation for your injuries.
Contact our office today to begin the review process of your case to determine the best legal action for a positive outcome based on your injuries.