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Death on the High Seas Act


The Death on the High Seas Act (DOSHA) provides financial compensation to direct family members (spouses, children, and parents) or dependent relatives of a person whose death was caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or unseaworthiness that occurs more than a marine league (3 miles) off-shore.

Compensation in these cases is often not a simple matter. In some cases, the victim may have been partly responsible for their own death (known as contributory negligence) in which case the amount of responsibility for the incident is taken into account and the award given to the family members is reduced accordingly. The Death on
the High Seas Act solely covers financial loss sustained by those bringing the suit and therefore the amount of compensation each person receives will be determined by the loss sustained. As a Proctor in Admiralty, Morgan J. Gray, P.C. Esquire understands that there are a number of limitations to the Death on the High Seas Act, including jurisdictional limitations and possible pecuniary damages. Any situation involving the Death on the High Seas Act is surely a case that should be handled by an experienced maritime lawyer like Attorney Gray.