Obtaining Maintenance And Cure Benefits

If you are covered under the Jones Act, you have a right to claim maintenance and cure benefits. These benefits provide you with a daily stipend (maintenance) and medical expenses (cure). However, your employer's insurance company has a vested interest in minimizing the maintenance and cure benefits it provides. Without legal representation, you may not get the compensation and medical care you deserve.

Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha is a team of experienced maritime injury attorneys. We provide results-oriented representation for injured seamen, engineers, deckhands and other maritime workers covered by the Jones Act. Our law firm seeks maximum compensation in every case.

Benefits For Injured Jones Act Workers

Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha will work diligently to help you obtain all of the maintenance and cure benefits you are entitled to receive. All of our attorneys have significant maritime experience. We understand shipboard operations, maintenance and cure law and how to pursue compensation for our clients:

Maintenance benefits — Some insurance companies pay daily stipends at an absurdly low rate. Maintenance benefits can also be limited by your union's collective bargaining agreement. Our firm has had success obtaining maintenance benefits in excess of the limits imposed by insurance companies and collective bargaining agreements, and we will seek maximum maintenance benefits for you.

Medical care benefits — Here, too, the insurance company may attempt to limit the medical care benefits it provides. If necessary, we can refer you to a doctor who can conduct an objective medical examination and provide the treatment you need.

Your company may deny your claim outright, alleging willful misconduct on your part or the existence of a pre-existing condition. Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha has the experience, knowledge and technical resources needed to counter these allegations. If your injury was the result of negligence by the owner or operator of the vessel, we can file an unseaworthiness lawsuit, seeking additional damages.

Contact A Lawyer For A Free Consultation

For a free consultation with a lawyer about the benefits available after a maritime injury, call us at 212-962-1590 or contact us by email. We represent clients throughout the U.S. and abroad from our offices in New York City.