Many maritime employees are entitled to damages for their maintenance and cure when they are hurt during the course of their employment. Since maritime employees typically live aboard their vessels while they are working, the law allows them to recover damages for food and lodging while they are unable to work. This is referred to as “maintenance” damages. They are also entitled to damages for the medical and rehabilitative care that they receive up to their “maximum medical cure” or until they recover from their injuries to the greatest extent possible.
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