Howard S. Stern


It is well settled that an injured or disabled seaman is entitled to "maintenance and cure" at the expense of the owners of his vessel at least until the end of the voyage,' provided that the need therefor exists that long. The minimum limits of this liability are fixed and certain, and have been so for over fifty years. The more important problem concerns the maximum limit of liability. Stating the problem in the form of a query: At what point does liability for maintenance and cure cease? On this point there is wide divergence of opinion. One of the earlier views was that the duty continues only so long as the seaman is entitled to wages; which has been construed on occasion to mean for the duration of the voyage, or other period of employment under a contract and his return to the port of discharge.

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