The Death on the High Seas Act

April 06, 2011 @ 05:24 PM -- by

As a Texas Death on the High Seas Act lawyer, I focus on the details involved in this ancient act. The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) was originally passed in 1920 to make it easier for widows of seamen to recover damages for future earnings when death occurs in international waters. When a seaman dies as a result of an employer's negligence or because of an unseaworthy vessel, the worker's family may file for benefits under this Act. The incident must occur on the high seas beyond a marine league (three miles) from the shore of any state, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territory or dependency. The decedent's wife, husband, parent, child or dependent relative may file the claim.