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As if workers comp cases weren’t complicated enough, Maritime Law and the Jones Act can add even more complexity to your case. While these laws and acts exist to help protect your rights, they can be more difficult to understand and navigate for those without adequate legal counsel.
Take a deep breath— GCJ Law is here to help.
Timing is Everything
When you’ve been injured on the job, your first concern should be seeking proper diagnosis and treatment. During this time, your company may try and pressure you into seeing the company doctor, but this doesn’t always work in your favor. Company doctors are (at least in part) concerned with the company’s best interest, which might not always align with your best interests. This may result in them sending you back to work prematurely, resulting in the cancelation of your maintenance and cure benefits.
Here’s where maritime law comes in. Our experienced attorneys will deal with your employers to ensure you receive the treatment you need.
Maintenance benefits refer to compensations to the ill or injured seaman from the vessel’s owner. This stipend covers costs such as food and lodging, equivalent to what you would have received in the vessel.
Cure benefits refer to compensation paid to the ill or injured seaman from the vessel owner to cover medical, therapeutic, and/or hospital expenses up to MMI, or Maximum Medical Improvement.
The specifics of your claim will determine which type of case you have. General Maritime Law requires that a vessel is involved, the incident happened on navigable waters, and the occurrence falls under traditional maritime activity.
The Jones Act requires that the worker’s duties contribute to a vessel’s mission and that the worker has a connection to the vessel or fleet that is substantial in both duration and nature.
How much your claim is worth depends on several variables. Call us today to speak with an attorney well-versed in maritime law to determine what type of claim you have and discuss the potential value of your case.
As a seaman, you are entitled to maintenance and cure until you are completely recovered. Our firm can help navigate the murky waters when dealing with maritime employers and company doctors. We’ll fight hard for your rights to ensure the best possible outcome and recovery.
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Below are a few legal resources we thought may be helpful as you learn more about your situation and potential options for recovery of benefits and compensation. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our friendly and passionate legal team is ready and willing to hear more about your maritime personal injury case.
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