DOHSA Law and Legal Definition

DOHSA is the abbreviation for Death on the High Seas Act, a federal statute enacted in 1920. DOHSA permits a wrongful-death action to be filed in U.S. district court for a death occurring on the high seas. It allows families of victims of maritime disasters to collect compensation for damages resulting from economic and emotional loss. The Act is codified in 46 USCA app. §§ 761–67.