Many Damages are Included in Jones Act Settlements
Under Jones Act settlements, any and all damages which you may have suffered as a result of your accident are included in the settlement. This includes pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, loss of fringe benefits, past and future medical expenses, as well as any other damages which may have been caused in the accident.
Reserving Future Medical Expenses Under Jones Act Settlements
The only way to reserve any type of future medical expenses under Jones Act settlements would be to specifically exclude your maintenance and cure claim from Jones Act settlements. Technically, your rights to maintenance and cure benefits are a part of maritime law, not the Jones Act. If you are signing a Jones Act settlement, you can limit such a settlement to only your claims under the Jones Act statute. This would then exclude for you any rights that you may have to future maintenance and cure.