According to nbcnews.com, the testimony of experts during the recent hearings on the “Costa Concordia” disaster showed that equipment aboard the luxury liner may not have been functioning correctly at the time of the accident that cost the lives of 32 people.
The list of deficient equipment on board the ship is long and some of the items there are relevant enough to the accident so as to raise concerns about how much their malfunction could have contributed to the accident. For example, reports mention lights that did not work during the disaster and possibly radar equipment that had either been turned off or broken. While it is not clear what lights these reports are referring to, it is doubtful that a malfunctioning light could have had a significant impact as a contributing cause for the accident. However, radar is definitively a piece of equipment essential to the safe navigation of the vessel, especially at night…
Captain Talks to Survivors
Captain Francesco Schettino was seen talking to two German survivors of the disaster during a break in the hearings and allegedly told them that his actions had “saved their lives and those of many other passengers.”
The hearings are intended to help the judge decide whether Schettino should stand trial for the crimes he stands accused of: manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning the ship while passengers and crew were still aboard.
Thieves Raid Costa Concordia
Additionally, news from the island of Giglio, where the Costa Concordia still lays on her side awaiting salvage, talk about thieves breaking into the ship and stealing paintings, furniture and other luxury goods. Apparently, the crooks used entry holes and ropes left there by search and rescue crews.
Passengers Get Injured In Many Ways
A sinking ship is not the only way cruise ship passengers get injured on board a cruise ship. They often get injured as a result of their participation in the following land-based activities:
- Slip and Fall
- Food poisoning
- Assaults by other passengers or a crew member
- Accidents while diving, surfing, boating, parasailing, jet skiing, hiking, ZIP lining or while on excursions on bicycles, motorbikes or 4X4 vehicles like Jeeps, etc.
We Can Help
Please note that Cruise lines usually try to pressure injured passengers into accepting a refund as compensation for their injuries. You should not give into the company’s pressure and accept a mere refund in exchange for your injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries or if a loved one died while on a cruise vacation, the cruise line may owe you financial compensation and we can help your family recover that compensation.
If you or a close relative suffered an injury while on a cruise, we urge you to contact a law firm with experience handling cruise ship injury cases. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today.
Similarly, it is important for you to remember that these cases are governed by certain conditions established in the tickets. For example, according to most tickets, claimants have only six months to give written notice of the claim to the cruise line company and one year from the date of the incident to file suit in court.
Consequently, you should contact a lawyer with experience handling these matters as soon as possible. Throughout the years the Cruise Lines Injury Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have handled many such cases against these cruise lines and we can help you obtain the compensation you may deserve.
Only the prompt legal action initiated by an attorney on behalf of your family will force the cruise line to compensate you for your past and future medical costs (including rehabilitation therapy), your pain and suffering and your lost wages. Also, please note that a Florida lawyer will handle your entire case, including the initial consultation, on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t have to pay your attorney anything, unless he or she wins your case.