What Damages are allowed for Injuries to Maritime Employees?

Many maritime employees are entitled to damages for their maintenance and cure when they are hurt during the course of their employment. Since maritime employees typically live aboard their vessels while they are working, the law allows them to recover damages for food and lodging while they are unable to work. This is referred to as “maintenance” damages. They are also entitled to damages for the medical and rehabilitative care that they receive up to their “maximum medical cure” or until they recover from their injuries to the greatest extent possible.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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