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Maintenance and Cure From A to Z - A Powerful Remedy For Seaman
Under the law of admiralty, a vessel owner is required to pay the food and lodging costs and necessary healthcare expenses of a seaman injured while in his or her service until the seaman's maximum medical recovery. Maintenance and cure refers to the provision of, or payment for, food and lodging (maintenance) as well as any necessary health-care expenses (cure) incurred during the period of recovery from an injury or malady.
This remedy was created to protect seamen from the dangers of living and laboring at sea.
For the Protection of Seaman
Maintenance and cure is the traditional form of compensation paid to a seaman who becomes ill or injured aboard a vessel. The law of the sea has required shipowners to ensure the maintenance and cure of seamen who fall ill or become injured while in service of the ship.
Maintenance and cure, is designed to provide a seaman with food and lodging when he becomes sick or injured in the ship's service; and it extends during the period when he is incapacitated to do a seaman's work and continues until he reaches maximum medical recovery.
"Ties" go to the Seaman
Admiralty courts have been liberal in interpreting this duty for the benefit and protection of seamen who are its wards. Furthermore, when there are ambiguities or doubts, they are resolved in favor of the seaman.
The obligation to provide maintenance and cure is, unlike negligence, not based on fault and is separate from and supplemental to compensatory damages. Where a seaman suffers injury or falls ill while in the service of the ship, the owner and the ship are liable, regardless of fault, for the seaman's maintenance and cure.
The Shipowner Has to Provide Maintenance and Cure Promptly
Although the shipowner has the right to investigate whether the seaman is entitled to maintenance and cure payments, the vessel owner must not unduly delay its decision.
Punitive Damages for Unreasonable and Willful Delay
Furthermore, in light of the realities of the current health care system, an injured seaman often will be unable to obtain necessary medical treatment unless he can first demonstrate the ability to pay.
Some courts have held that a delay of only one month before approving surgery was both unreasonable and willful. The law provides for the imposition of punitive damages for the willful and wanton disregard of the maintenance and cure obligation. This is to encourage a vessel owner to make a prompt decision about maintenance and cure payments and to make those payments when obligated to do so.
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