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What to Do if You’re Denied Maintenance and Cure

Paul Hofmann
Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

Seamen perform dangerous and important work. Accordingly, the law seeks to protect seamen from incurring the costs of a work related injury by requiring maritime employers to pay seamen maintenance and cure damages if they are hurt in an accident that qualifies them for such protection. Generally, employers are required to pay a seaman’s maintenance (or living expenses) and cure (or medical expenses) until the time that the seaman reaches maximum medical cure (or stops making improvements). If you qualify for maintenance and cure pursuant to the Jones Act or other maritime law and are denied such benefits, then you need to know what to do to protect yourself and recover damages.

See a Qualified Doctor

The first thing that you should do when you are hurt in a New York or New Jersey maritime accident is to seek treatment from a qualified doctor. It is your doctor who will determine the extent of your injuries and what kind of treatment you need. It is your doctor’s professional opinion and diagnosis that is important in determining whether or not you are able to work after your injury. Thus, it is information from your doctor that is important in determining whether or not you should be eligible for maintenance and cure.

Demand Maintenance and Cure From Your Employer

Let your employer know that you understand your rights and that you are entitled to maintenance and cure. Provide all reasonable documentation to your employer about your injury, and respectfully submit your request for maintenance and cure payments.

Consult a New Jersey and New York Jones Act Lawyer

If your employer is unwilling to provide you with maintenance and cure – or with a fair amount of maintenance and cure – then you should seek the advice of a New York and New Jersey maritime injury lawyer. The experienced New Jersey and New York maintenance and cure lawyers of Hofmann & Schweitzer will provide you with a free consultation. Contact us at 1-800-3-MAY-DAY or via our online contact form for more information.