There are various laws that protect individuals who work in the shipping, commercial fishing, cruise liner and other seafaring industries. The most basic protection is known as "maintenance and cure." This is essentially like worker's compensation benefits, but in reality, it often provides far less than typical worker's comp claims. "Cure" simply refers to providing medical care for a seaman who was injured on the job. This is much like worker's comp claims in the fact that medical care will be provided until the injured worker has recovered.

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