The recent Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster has raised several questions of liability for the passengers on board and their families, and leaves many future cruise ship passengers wondering about their rights if injured when on a cruise.
The Costa Concordia ran aground on January 13, with a confirmed death toll of 15, with another 17 people still unaccountable. If you’ve been injured on a cruise ship, the laws that affect you are varied and complex, and may involve both international and local jurisdictional issues. Consulting with a Sacramento personal injury lawyer concerning your rights is important to ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Here, shortly after returning home, many of the passengers received phone calls saying that they would be receiving “compensation packages,” the details of which were not yet provided. Further, several lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the survivors, seeking millions of dollars in damages. In one Costa Concordia lawsuit, passengers allege breach of contract and negligence. The breach of contract claim asserts that the passengers entered into a contract with Costa Concordia for a safe ride when they bought the ticket and this contact was breached when the ship failed to safely reach its destination. Additionally, the complaint alleges that the cruise ship was negligent in failing to evacuate the passengers in a timely manner and notify them of the danger.
Representatives are seeking damages for emotional distress, medical expenses, and breach of contract.
When a personal injury happens it’s imperative to meet with an experienced Sacramento accident attorney to review just what happened, perform an investigation into the causes of an accident and determine all the potential avenues of recovery.
For more information or if you have been injured in a boating accident or cruise ship accident contact the experienced California boating accident lawyer and personal injury lawyer at Sette Law Office for an immediate consultation.
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