A seaman who is injured while on the job is entitled to receive medical treatment until they reach the maximum medical benefit. Under maritime law, the ship owner is obligated to provide similar medical benefits to its employees. In certain circumstances, a seaman may be entitled to seek compensation for other expenses. These include medical equipment, prostheses, wheelchairs, and medical bills.
There are numerous federal and state agencies involved in maritime law. For example, the Corps of Engineers regulates navigation in certain US ports and enforces maritime laws and regulations. The Coast Guard oversees marine casualty investigations and performs vessel inspections. The Maritime Administration regulates hull insurance and war risk insurance. Federal maritime commissions regulate ocean freight forwarders and passenger vessels. They also regulate tariffs and service contracts.
Another area of maritime law involves disputes over salvage awards. In some cases, the ship owner is required to salvage a vessel in question after it has been rescued from peril. In other cases, the salvager is entitled to receive compensation for taking on the risks of recovery. The compensation may be determined by a contract or a court decision. It may be based on the value of the property and the risks involved.
A seaman injured while working on a ship may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages. A seaman may also file a lawsuit for injuries arising out of negligence on the ship. In addition, they may also be entitled to receive benefits similar to workers’ compensation. This legislation was passed to protect the rights of seamen and protect them from the negligence of their employers.