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Law Offices of Preston Easley
 Maritime Accident Attorneys • Serving California & Hawaii

Experienced Trial Lawyers for Maritime Injuries and Accident Claims Involving:

• Passengers

• Seamen

• Longshoremen

About Jones Act Claims – Maintenance and Cure

While a seaman is out of work due to a work-related injury, he/she is entitled to receive maintenance payments.  Maintenance payments are a living allowance paid to the seaman to replace lost wages until he reaches his point of full recovery or maximum medical improvement.  Under the Jones Act, the employer must also pay for all medical treatment, which is known as cure.

Maintenance and cure is paid regardless of fault.

While similar in concept, compensation paid to seaman under the Jones Act for negligence or unseaworthiness of a vessel is not worker’s compensation.  Compensation under the Jones Act is much higher than a worker would receive under state worker’s compensation insurance programs.

The Jones Act also gives an injured seaman the right to sue the employer for damages for pain and suffering.

Jones Act settlement payments should cover:

  • All your medical expenses;
  • Loss wages and income;
  • Loss of household services;
  • Damages for pain and suffering;
  • Loss of enjoyment of life when applicable.

Jones Act Maintenance And Cure Attorneys

Serving California and Hawaii

If you have been injured, don’t take your employer’s word as to whether or not you have a claim under the Jones Act.  For example, oil rig or gas workers on fixed platforms or other stationary rig may not think they have a claim, but accidents occurring on moveable rigs including barges and drill ships may be covered.

To find out what laws apply to you, and if you have a case, email or call our law offices today for a free consultation.

Law Offices of Preston Easley
2500 Via Cabrillo Marina
Suite 106
San Pedro, California 90731

Phone:  (310) 832-5315
FAX:  (310) 832-7730

San Diego, CA (619) 699-4884
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