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Death on the High Seas Act in Houston

Houston Death on the High Seas Act Attorneys 

The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) provides compensation to families when they have lost a shipboard worker to a fatal accident resulting from negligence. For a DOHSA claim to be successful, it’s critical to demonstrate that the worker’s death would not have occurred if the vessel’s owner(s) had taken the proper precautions to ensure the worker’s safety.

At the Amaro Law Firm, our Houston maritime injury lawyers know how help bereaved families successfully navigate the DOHSA claims process. Compassionate and experienced, our attorneys are ready to explain your rights and legal recovery options.

When negligence kills a shipboard worker, Death on the High Seas Act claims can provide grieving families with a means of seeking justice and recovery.

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Requirements for Death on the High Seas Act Claims

To qualify for compensation under the DOHSA, the following requirements must be met:

  • The death occurred more than a “marine league,” or three nautical miles, offshore.
  • The death resulted from negligence on the part of the vessel’s owner.
  • The death occurred on a commercial vessel.
  • The vessel was unseaworthy.
  • The fatal incident occurred within three years of the claim being filed.
  • The claim is being pursued by a surviving dependent. This can include a spouse, a child, parents, siblings, grandparents, and grandchildren. It does not include adult children who are not living at home or relatives who were not financially dependent on the worker.

The Death on the High Seas Act also applies to the dependents of American citizens who lose their lives on cruise ships or airplanes traveling over international waters.


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Get Answers about Your Rights & Legal Options: Contact a Houston Maritime & Offshore Injury Lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm