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6 Questions Answered
- Q. How long do I have to file a claim if I get injured while working on a fishing boat?
- A: If you are a seaman (sailed with and worked on the fishing vessel), you would have 3 years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit.
- Q. I tried to file my maritime injury suit 14 months after i was injured but the other party claims I'm beyond the statute
- A: Are you a "passenger" on a cruise ship? Most often, a passenger's personal injury case is governed by a one year statute of limitation. A "seaman" has a three year statute of limitation.
- Q. If I am injured at sea, what type of medical benefits am I entitled to?
- A: If you are a seaman and you are injured or become ill “while in the service of the vessel,” you are entitled to receive paid medical care, maintenance (a daily rate which is supposed to cover room and board), unearned wages (wages through your contract period of employment), and repatriation costs to the point of hire. There are only a few exceptions to payment of these entitlements. Also, a union contract can dictate a maintenance rate. Maintenance and medical expenses must be paid until the point that a seaman reaches “maximum medical improvement,” basically when a seaman no longer is under medical care. Medical care should include all the “traditional” medical care that is reasonably needed. A seaman is entitled to choose his/her own doctors. Medical care includes physical therapy, diagnostic studies, medication. This is a general answer to your question.
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