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When are seamen entitled to maintenance and cure claims?

Under the general maritime law of the United States, seamen are generally entitled to maintenance and cure whenever they are injured and/or fall ill while in the service of their vessel. This includes illnesses and injuries that become evident during employment, injuries ashore, and even prior injuries which reoccur during employment. Employers are required to pay maintenance and cure irrespective of the fault or negligence of the seaman.

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