It has been two weeks since the disastrous cruise ship accident that occurred off Giglio Island in Florence. Since then, there have been estimates of up to 16 casualties. Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise-line owner, was sued for at least $100 million for its alleged role in the wreck of the Costa Concordia. Allegations include negligence and breach of contract. In a separate claim, Captain Francesco Schettino has been accused of causing the accident by steering too close to shore, abandoning ship, and failing to “properly and timely notify all plaintiffs on board of the deadly and dangerous condition of the cruise ship as to avoid injury and death… [the passengers and crew] were abandoned by the captain.” Costa claims to have reached agreements with consumer groups in various countries to move forward with plans to pay passengers for damages.
If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a the negligence of a transportation company such as a cruise line, railroad company, bus company or airline, and would like to speak with an experienced attorney at Swartz & Swartz, P.C., please contact us; you can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights.