INJURY COMPENSATION FOR PIRATES
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How were pirates compensated for injuries?
The life of a pirate was one that involved much
bloodshed, both their enemies and their own. Sometimes pirates were injured in
battle and would lose a limb or would become badly cut. If a cut became
infected, this quickly became a very dangerous situation as there were no modern
medicines or medical equipment onboard. For this reason, amputation was usually
the only answer to saving the pirate’s life and sometimes, the pirate would not
even survive that. If a battle-inflicted injury didn’t take one of their limbs,
it was likely that a disease would. Scurvy was rampant on pirate ships due to
the lack of fresh food and often this would take a pirate’s leg as well.
There’s no doubt that pirate crews were required to
work very hard and that they were asked to place themselves in very dangerous
situations. Captains realized this and so, the pirates were compensated quite
nicely for any loss of limb that they may suffer while working as part of the
crew. Not only were they given money for their losses but because their capacity
for work would be diminished, they would then be assigned to the less physical
areas of work such as prepping food in the kitchen and operating the cannons.
Here is what they would be paid as compensation for the loss of any of these
limbs. They would be paid pieces-of-eight, which equals just less than one
American dollar today.
- Loss of an Eye – 100 pieces-of-eight
- Loss of Right Arm – 600 pieces-of-eight
- Loss of Left Arm – 500 pieces-of-eight
- Loss of a Finger – 100 pieces-of-eight
- Loss of Right Leg – 500 pieces-of-eight
- Loss of Left Leg – 400 pieces-of-eight
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