Losing a loved one in a wrongful death scenario is one of life’s most traumatic experiences. The process of grieving and recovering from such a loss can seem overwhelming for family members or close friends. Unfortunately, many of the fatal accidents that occur offshore are caused by employer negligence. A lack of proper crew training, unsafe working conditions, or improperly tested machines are all causes of fatal offshore accidents.
The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) is a federal law intended to help families whose loved ones have perished in work-related accidents. The law covers most death occurring offshore beyond three nautical miles from the shore of the United States. A personal representative of the deceased individual can bring a DOHSA action.
If you have lost a family member as a result of a fatal accident, it is very important that you contact a highly skilled, offshore maritime injury lawyer immediately. Learn about your legal rights from an experienced offshore maritime injury attorney by filling out our free, no obligation case review form located on this website.