Refusal to Pay Medical Expenses

Under the Jones Act, employers are required to pay the medical expenses of seamen who suffer on-the-job injuries. If they refuse to pay the full amount or to pay at all, you can take action. In some cases, punitive damages are available in addition to the medical expenses you recover. An injured maritime worker has the right to maintenance and cure if he or she becomes ill or is injured on the job, regardless of fault. Cure covers a worker’s necessary medical expenses. 

Employers that willfully refuse to pay these expenses can be held accountable for their actions. Contact our experienced team of personal injury lawyers at (225) 928-8800 to fight for your rights. 

“You are entitled to coverage of your work-related medical expenses. The Murphy Law Firm, LLC in Baton Rouge represents injured seamen who have maintenance and cure claims, Jones Act claims, and other claims against their employers. Our personal injury lawyers are committed to recovering the damages you deserve.” · Attorney Peyton Murphy · Contact Murphy Law Firm.


Get the Medical Benefits You are Entitled to Under the Law

Cure is meant to cover costs for curative medical care such as:

  • Emergency transportation
  • Surgery
  • Lab and diagnostic test
  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Prescriptions
  • Travel to doctor’s appointments
  • Parking fees at clinics and hospitals
  • Medical equipment
  • Rehabilitative therapy
  • Long-term care
  • In-home care

One of the benefits of cure is that it allows injured workers to seek treatment from the doctors they choose instead of seeing a doctor chosen by their employer or its insurance company. Do not let your employer bully you into seeing a company doctor. Employers sometimes refuse certain medical expenses or may refuse the entire claim. In other cases, an employer may send the worker for an independent medical exam to the company doctor. This doctor may declare that the worker has reached maximum medical improvement and is able to return to work. However, this is not always true, and may be a way for the employer to terminate maintenance and cure payments. It is best to speak with a Jones Act lawyer if you have questions about your right to cure benefits.

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