Q: I was injured on a fishing boat, but the boat owner is claiming they're not liable for my medical bills because I was
injured due to the negligence of another contract worker. Is this true?
A: No, as long as you were employed in the service of the vessel your medical bills are covered under the general maritime law doctrine of maintenance and cure.
A: No. They are liable to pay maintenance and cure regardless of fault. Also you can sue the employer under the Jones Act for negligence of a fellow employee.
A: Maintenance and cure operate in a manner similar to no-fault benefits in your auto policy. Maintenance is intended to cover living expenses and cure is intended to cover medical expenses. These benefits are not fault-based.
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