Damages Covered Under DOHSA
Only a decedent’s financially dependent relatives, such as a spouse, parent, child or dependent relative, are allowed to seek damages under DOHSA. In order to prevail in a DOHSA lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove that negligence on the part of the ship’s owner, an employer or fellow crew member resulted in the wrongful death of their loved one.
Compensation that can be recovered in a DOHSA claim is limited to economic damages only. These damages can include:
- Loss of existing or expected financial support and contribution
- Loss of economic benefits
- Care of child
- Household expenses
- Funeral expenses
Unfortunately, DOHSA does not provide damages for loss of support, companionship, mental anguish or bereavement.
Our DOHSA Attorneys Can Help You Seek Justice for Your Loved One
If you are a family member of a maritime worker killed at sea, our highly esteemed Houston DOHSA attorneys are here to discuss the details of your case and provide professional advice on moving forward with your claim. The Ammons Law Firm has been defending the rights of injured maritime workers and their families for more than 20 years. We know the devastating impact the death of a loved one can have on a family and are prepared to utilize all of our legal skills, experience, and resources to obtain a favorable settlement for our clients.
Don’t delay seeking help. The statute of limitations for filing a DOHSA lawsuit is three years. Call us today at (281) 801-5617 to schedule a free, confidential consultation. We work on a contingency basis, which means there are no up-front costs to you, and we do not get paid until and unless we win your case.