Will a previous injury affect my ability to recover maintenance and cure?
Second, a boat company can avoid paying maintenance and cure if a seaman's injury or illness results from "misconduct." Most "misconduct" cases involve someone getting sick or hurt due to misuse of drugs or alcohol. Courts have similarly ruled that a seaman cannot get maintenance and cure from illnesses caused by sexually transmitted diseases or from active AIDS since those are likewise deemed to result from "misconduct." This article is not intended to be a complete discussion of this often complicated area of seaman's rights.
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