Maintenance and Cure
Under federal maritime law an injured seaman or fisherman is entitled to significant protections and benefits, regardless of fault for the cause of the injury. Benefits like maintenance, cure and unearned wages cannot be withheld simply because a company says the injured party caused their own injury. Large companies and employers have a lot of experience, knowledge and resources and they will use all of this to their advantage when dealing with injured parties and taking steps to terminate their benefits. When dealing with these companies, it’s important to be able to recognize what your rights and obligations are.
The term “maintenance” means a daily allowance for expenses such as the seaman’s rent or mortgage, utilities, property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, and food. Essentially, maintenance payments are provided to pay the household’s necessary costs. Rent or mortgage, utilities, taxes, and insurance are necessary household expenses, while telephone, cable, and internet are not necessary household expenses.
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