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Raising the Costa Concordia

On January 13, 2012, the world watched as a luxury cruise ship collided with a reef off the coast of an Italian island, take on water, and roll onto its side. Thirty-two people were killed in the cruise ship disaster. It was made even worse by the fact that the manner in which the boat capsized and the location made recovery of the ship an engineering nightmare.

Cruise ship accidents and injuries aboard happen with far more frequency than people realize, although they usually are not as dramatic as the Costa Concordia tragedy. If you or a loved one has been injured because of negligence while on a cruise, the Miami cruise accident attorneys of Greenberg Stone and Urbano are ready to fight for your rights and the compensation that you deserve.

More than twenty months after the accident and the deaths of those 32 passengers and crew members, an American salvage company engineered a platform onto which the Costa Concordia was pain-stakingly maneuvered. Two bodies were discovered after the ship was righted and they are believed to be the missing passenger and crew member. It will likely be another year before the Costa Concordia is towed away and broken apart for scrap. For now, it remains a disturbing reminder of the dangers of the cruise ship industry.

At the same time as the Costa Concordia was being raised, the captain of the ill-fated vessel, Francesco Schettino, was preparing to go on criminal trial for his role in the disaster that befell the ship. Schettino is being prosecuted for manslaughter. True to his position over the past twenty months, Schettino continues to blame everyone but himself, even though he is the one who directed a deviation from the scheduled route in order to impress the cruise passengers with a scenic view of the island at night. Schettino claims that if the helmsman had turned when instructed, the accident would have been averted. Experts disagree. Costa Cruises will not be criminally prosecuted for the accident after it agreed to pay one million Euros as a fine for the incident; however, civil actions filed by the victims of the accident and their families have been filed.

While all of this is transpiring in Europe, the Carnival Group, which owns the Costa brand, has announced that they believe that it will take another three years for Carnival to recover its reputation and profitability, which was negatively altered by the cruise disaster.

This tragedy is a sad example of the many problems that exist in the cruise industry and the difficulties in protecting the rights of the victims. The cruise line avoided criminal prosecution by paying a fine, even though at least some of the trouble was caused by the fact that there was a language barrier between the Italian-born captain and the Indonesian helmsman. Although five crew members pleaded guilty, the crowded prison system will likely ensure that no jail time is served. Those seeking justice are left to pursue complicated civil actions against a multi-national corporation that is skilled in evading liability while bemoaning a loss of revenues as a result of the accident. This is why having experienced and dedicated attorneys is critical to protecting your rights.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on a cruise, the Miami personal injury attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have the expertise to pursue a successful legal action against the cruise line. With more than three decades of experience getting justice for its clients, our attorneys will work hard to get you the results that you deserve. The cruise industry has limited the time in which you can file a legal action against any of the powerful corporations that run the cruise lines, so it is imperative that you contact our law firm as soon as possible.

Please contact us through our website or call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to set up your free consultation. Greenberg Stone and Urbano has been voted one of “South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers” by the Miami Herald, are “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, has been named SuperLawyers and have been accepted into the Primerus group pf leading law firms.

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