Under the Jones Act, victims of offshore injuries can sue their employers for negligence and claim damages for a variety of related expenses and issues. Regardless of fault, seamen are also entitled to something called “maintenance and cure
,” which seeks to support victims throughout recovery. The amount of damages recovered for maritime accident victims varies on a case-by-case basis.
Examples of damages that can be claimed include initial hospital bills, ongoing medical treatment and/or physical therapy, counseling, lost wages (due to being out of work), rent or mortgage payments, utility bills, insurance, and food. Victims can also claim less tangible damages, such as pain and suffering, mental and emotional anguish, and an overall loss of life enjoyment.