What is Maintenance?

Maintenance and Cure

Members of a crew who are injured while working on a vessel or “subject to the call of the vessel” do not get workers compensation benefits. Instead, they get the unique benefits of Maintenance and Cure.

What is Maintenance?

Generally, maintenance is a daily cost of living payment that an injured seaman gets until he reaches Family Concerns Simon & O’RourkevMaximum Medical Improvement, the point where medical treatment is no longer improving his conditions.

An injured seaman is entitled to receive these benefits for every day of the month that he is not able to work, regardless of the number of days he normally works a week. For example, if a deckhand normally works 14/14 (14 days on and then is home for 14 days), he gets paid maintenance for all 28 days, not just the 14 days.

How Much are the Payments?

This is the bad part. In our experience, the company normally tries to pay Maintenance payments in the range of $15 a day to $35 a day.

This is way lower than what most workers normally make while working offshore. As a result, the injured worker immediately starts feeling financial pressures.

Based on our combined 25 plus years of experience, we are of the opinion that the companies try to use low maintenance.

What Can Simon & O’Rourke Do To Help?

Simon & O’Rourke has extensive experience fighting to make sure that our clients receive the maintenance benefits that they were entitled to receive.

We know the laws and will help you better understand the benefits that you are entitled to. If the liable party refuses to properly pay you the benefits that you are entitled to receive, we will bring an additional claim for punitive damages for “wanton disregard for maintenance and cure obligations.”

A good Jones Act lawyer will be able to help you understand better your entitlement to maintenance following an injury offshore or at sea. The laws are complicated and the vessel owner is being represented by a lawyer or other party with training or experience. Trying to navigate your claim without an attorney is exactly what the company wants you to do.



Types of Maritime Cases That We Handle:
  • Jones Act Seaman Accidents
  • Offshore Production and Drilling Accidents
  • Offshore Drilling Accidents
  • Accidents on Lift Boats and Jack-ups
  • Work Boat Accidents
  • Crew Boat Accidents
  • Supply Boat Accidents
  • Tug Boat Accidents
  • Push Boat Accidents
  • Barge Accidents
  • Dredge Worker Accidents
  • Tender Boat Accidents
  • Tanker Accidents
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Workers We Have Represented:

  • Floor Hand
  • Roustabout
  • Derrickman/ Derrick man
  • Crane Operator
  • Assistant Driller
  • Engineer / Oiler / Mechanic
  • Motorman
  • Boat Captain / Pilot / Master
  • Wiper
  • Mud Engineer
  • Drill Fluid Operator
  • Wire Line Operator
  • Welder
  • Diver
  • Offshore Catering / Cook
  • Offshore Steward / Housekeeping
  • OS / Ordinary Seaman
  • AB / Able Bodies Seaman
  • Deckhand / Deck Hand
  • Bargeman / Barge Man
  • Tug Crew / Deck hand
  • Leverman / Lever Man
  • Tender Operator
  • Booster Operator

We have sued and brought claims against many maritime companies. Below is just a sample of the some of the companies that we have handled claims against.

  • BP
  • Diamond Offshore
  • Nabors
  • Transocean Offshore
  • Rowan Companies
  • TODCO
  • Hercules Offshore
  • Nobel Drilling
  • Parker Drilling
  • Spartan Offshore Drilling
  • Edison Chouest Offshore
  • ENSCO
  • Great Lakes Dredge and Dock
  • Weeks Marine
  • Orion Marine Group
  • Mike Hooks
  • Baywater Drilling
  • Kirby Inland Marine Group
  • G & H Towing

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