Help Jun Jun an Injured Filipino Seaman
Organized by: Help Jun Jun Aggarao Team
Help Jun Jun Aggarao Team via Crowdrise
November 11, 2014
Jun Jun Aggarao is a 33 year old Seaman from the Philippines. On August 2008, he was crushed by a deck lifting machine while his ship was unloading in the Port of Baltimore. Jun Jun suffered severe internal injuries and a "'T1 American Spinal Cord Association complete paraplegia' from the thoracic level down", rendering him paraplegic. He was in and out of hospitals for 3 ½ years – mostly in.
He has approximately $800,000 in medical bills that his employer, and the ship owner, refuse to pay. The ship owner did pay the original medical bills. He receives no workers compensation or other financial benefits that injured workers routinely receive.
As a Seaman, he is entitled to ‘maintenance and cure’ which is a Living allowance to pay for food and lodging (maintenance) and all his medical bills (cure) to be paid by the ship owner and employer.
Due to federal court rulings, the Court has deferred to an arbitration in Manila which refused to award Jun Jun maintenance and cure and compensation for his injuries except for a tiny pittance of what his economic injuries are, and his non-economic losses for the suffering and permanent disability from which he suffers.
The shipping company & employer stop assisting Jun Jun unless he returns to the Philippines. Local doctors in Maryland and a rehabilitation counselor agree Jun Jun should remain in the U.S. to receive adequate care. His small local village in the Philippines & his aging parents simply could not cope with his needs.
Jun Jun through two committed attorneys is fighting for his right to receive adequate worker compensation and medical assistance. He wants to work and contribute. He is a true gentleman. We come to you with this appeal.
At this time, he needs money to pay for room and board; money to pay for ongoing medical bills. It is a desperate situation.