Death on a cruise ship – financial compensation for the family can be pursued under the High Seas Act


Question – Are family members able or receive financial compensation for the fatal injury of a family member on a cruise ship?

While the details and complexity of the claims can make it difficult, the simple answer is yes. Anyone fatally injured on a cruise ship may potentially have their family entitled to recovery for damages.

The Federal Death on the High Seas Act allows for compensation to be provided to the immediate family of the deceased caused by a wrongful act or negligence that occurred on while at sea.
Read the full act here…

When the death of an individual is caused by wrongful act, neglect, or default occurring on the high seas beyond 3 nautical miles from the shore of the United States, the personal representative of the decedent may bring a civil action in admiralty against the person or vessel responsible.

The action shall be for the exclusive benefit of the decedent’s spouse, parent, child, or dependent relative.

The types of financial compensation that can be sought includes:

  • Loss of financial support because of the death
  • Medical expenses incurred prior to death
  • Burial or funeral costs
  • Loss of care, nurture and guidance

As a family member seeking relief, what should you do in the aftermath of a fatal injury?

Your first step is to seek more information from an attorney who specializes in working against the cruise industry lawyers – please contact Waks and Barnett at (800) 905-2891.

We offer a Free and Private Consultation over the phone or in person – please reach out today – don’t wait.

We’ll ask questions and help you develop a legal strategy. We have 25 years of experience dealing with cruise ship injuries, including fatalities and accidental death.

Review some of our past settlements and verdicts for other clients here.