Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) – Legal Rights under the Maritime Law 46 USCS Appx § § 761 et seq. § 761. Right of action; where and by whom brought Whenever the death of a person shall be caused by wrongful act, neglect, or default occurring on the high seas beyond a marine league from the shore of any State, or the District of Columbia, or the Territories or dependencies of the United States, the personal representative of the decedent may maintain a suit for damages in the district courts of the United States, in admiralty, for the exclusive benefit of the decedent’s wife, husband, parent, child, or dependent relative against the vessel, person, or corporation which would have been liable if death had not ensued. (Mar. 30, 1920, ch. 111, § 1, 41 Stat. 537.) § 762. Amount and apportionment of recovery The recovery in such suit shall be a fair and just compensation for the pecuniary loss sustained by the persons for whose benefit the suit is brought and shall be apportioned among them by the court in proportion to the loss they may severally have suffered by reason of the death of the person by whose representative the suit is brought. (Mar. 30, 1920, ch. 111, § 2, 41 Stat. 537.) § 763a. Statute of Limitations- Death on the High Seas Act Unless otherwise specified by law, a suit for recovery of damages for personal injury or death, or both, arising out of a maritime […]
The Jones Act is a federal law that governs the liability of vessel operators and marine employers for work-related injuries or the death of an employee.