Death on the High Seas Act Claims

Our maritime attorneys are experienced in the investigation and prosecution of cruise ship passenger and seamen wrongful or accidental death claims. We are known for our responsiveness, thorough, and hands-on litigation style, investigative and negotiating skills, and our accessibility to our clients. We go wherever you need us to be.

If you have lost a family member or loved one, whether a passenger or a maritime worker, at sea, an experienced attorney from our firm can take the careless parties to court to obtain financial compensation for the loss under the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA).

DOHSA was enacted by Congress in 1920 and provided recovery for the death of any person “caused by wrongful act, neglect, or default occurring on the high seas beyond a marine league (3 nautical miles) from the shore of any State…or the Territories or dependencies of the United States.” The Act provides that the decedent's personal representative recovers “for the exclusive benefit of the decedent's wife, husband, parent, child, or dependent relative.” Damages under the Death on the High Seas Act include loss of care, nurture and guidance, loss of financial support, loss of household services, medical expenses, and burial/funeral costs. Our experienced maritime attorneys

Although state courts, such as Florida, may permit causes of action, and provide wrongful death remedies for accidents arising on territorial waters and for accidents occurring on the high seas, The Death on the High Seas Act does not permit application of state wrongful death statutes for deaths occurring on the high seas. Therefore, Florida's Wrongful Death Statute is pre-empted by the Death on the High Seas Act, when it applies.

Liability in a Death on the High Seas Act claim may be based upon negligence, unseaworthiness if the decedent was a seaman, intentional conduct, and strict or products liability. The Death on the High Seas Act also expressly permits liability to be based upon any applicable foreign law. Maritime death cases are intricate and must include early accident investigation of the cause of death of the seaman or passenger.

Our maritime trial lawyers are experienced in litigation of DOHSA claims and regularly help family members and dependents of seamen and passengers who have died or been lost at sea.

We offer free consultations with our attorneys, and if we take your case, we will charge no attorneys' fees or costs until you get compensation.

To speak with one of our Maritime Injury attorneys today call 800-996-2748. If you would like us to contact you, please complete the contact us form. Our attorneys never charge a fee for consultations and are available at night and on the weekends.

From our maritime law offices in Boca Raton, Clewiston, Jacksonville and Stuart, FL, the the Jones Act Seamen and cruise ship passenger wrongful death attorneys of Grossman Attorneys at law help families of seamen and passengers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Jupiter, Tampa, Boca Raton, Loxahatchee, Stuart, Fort Pierce, Coconut Creek, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point and Daytona Beach, FL. Our law firm's Jones Act lawyers serve family members of ship workers and passengers who have died at sea because of the negligence of others. We represent victims of maritime negligence throughout the U.S., including New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Alabama, Washington DC, Illinois, North Carolina, South, Carolina and all other states in the U.S. with the assistance of local counsel. Our Maritime Lawyers regularly can represent seamen and cruise ship passengers in wrongful death maritime claims under the Death on the High Seas Act who are citizens of other countries, including the Philippines, Columbia, Greece, Italy, Japan, Thailand, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Bahamas, Panama, Great Britain, Netherlands, Bermuda, Jamaica, Ecuador, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Canada, Chile, Venezuela, Argentina, Poland, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Hungary, Turkey, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Belgium, Denmark, Russia, Croatia and Slovakia.