An American couple from Minnesota is among those missing from the capsized Italian cruise ship, according to FoxNews.com.
The US Government has requested assistance from Italian authorities in locating Jerry Heil, 69, and his wife Barbara, 70, of St. Paul, MN. Their relatives in the United States have confirmed that the couple was among the missing passengers in the doomed ship.
Cruise Line Blames The Captain for Tragedy
On a separate note, the cruise line, Costa Crociere SpA has blamed the ship’s captain for the disaster. He remains in custody on charges of manslaughter, abandoning the ship and causing a shipwreck.
There Are Time Restrictions
The Maritime Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have handled over the years many cases against these very cruise lines. We would like to remind the victims that it is important to follow the terms set forth in the ticket when pursuing a case against a cruise line and that these tickets establish time restrictions as to when suit can be flied. For example, tickets from cruise lines in the United States usually provide six months to give written notice of the claim and one year from the date of sail to file suit against the company.
Moreover, it is important for the victims to realize that beyond the time restrictions imposed in the tickets, any delay in hiring a law firm experienced in handling cases against these large cruise lines works to the advantage of the cruise line and its insurance company. This is because from the moment of the disaster they have dispatched teams of expert investigators to the scene of the disaster to collect evidence that may be otherwise be lost and to interview witnesses while events are still fresh in their minds. In order to maximize your recovery, you should have experienced attorneys and investigators working as hard for you.
The Cruise Line is Not There to Help You
When tragedies like these strike, the Cruise Line is there to help….the Cruise Line, not the victims. When it comes to injured passengers, they will at best offer a full refund in compensation for his or her injuries. We have represented injured clients that have been left stranded in foreign countries without any local help (not even for translation) or the ability to make it back home. Don’t allow them to take advantage of your situation and pressure you into accepting a quick refund as compensation. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries or if you have lost a loved one while on a cruise vacation, you may be entitled to financial compensation by the cruise line and you should not make a decision regarding the acceptance of any settlement offer from the cruise line until you have seen a doctor and talked to an attorney specialized in this kind of cases.
Moreover, if you are hesitating to talk to an attorney because of costs, please note that a Florida lawyer will not charge you for the initial consultation and will work your case on a contingency fee basis, which means that he or she will not charge you at all, unless they win your case.
Therefore, if you or a close relative suffered an injury while on a cruise, we urge to contact a law firm with experience handling cruise ship injury cases. The Cruise Lines Injury Attorneys of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have handled many such cases against these cruise lines and can help you obtain the compensation you may be entitled to. Please note that our practice has been extended with a new satellite office in Aventura to better serve clients that reside in Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Dania & Dania Beach, Miramar, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Miami Beach, Surfside, Sunny Isles and Miami Gardens. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today.