The tragic sinking of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia was all over the news. The facts relate that only hours after it embarked on a seven-day Mediterranean cruise it sunk.
But it will go down as a part of avoidable history. This is because none of this had to happen if the captain had done his job as a common carrier. These passenger deaths and injuries were preventable.
Passengers received no warning when a large gash appeared in the hull of the ship. But even later after warnings were given, the passengers weren't appropriately evacuated.
This led to confusion, injuries, and even deaths of passengers, for several reasons. The captain's actions were not geared toward protecting the passengers.
Also, the passengers had not had their emergency exit class. So the crew was not even prepared for an emergency evacuation of the ship. Did you or a loved one in your family suffer a loss in the Costa Concordia sinking?
If so, the cruise ship attorneys at ELFPI can provide fantastic representation. Only then can you recover the full compensation due. Our experience representing cruise ship accident victims means you get to focus on recovering.
After all, the physical and emotional ailments are no walk in the park. So let us worry about the legal and financial aspects.
Is The Time Limited to File a Claim?
The law limits the time an injured victim or the family member can sue. Passage contracts can shorten the time to as little as six months to file a claim. Filing your claim within the allotted time avoids forfeiting your rights. Failing this, you lose.
Because of this, Ehline Law Firm urges the victims and families of the Costa Concordia cruise ship accident to get help. In any event, do so before time runs out. There are many victims of this disaster. Ehline Law Firm urges the families to join in the class action lawsuit.
What Must You Understand About a Class Action Lawsuit?
When an incident occurs with multiple victims, the number could reach hundreds or even thousands of plaintiffs. All these parties could join against the defendants. This allows the justice system to work reasonably and efficiently for the plaintiffs and the defendants.
How Do You Determine Responsibility in the Costa Concordia Calamity?
One of the steps the personal injury attorney will take is investigating the facts of the debacle, to determine the party or parties that are responsible. This is because they must pay for the accident that resulted in injuries or wrongful death. There can be varying degrees of responsibility.
The duty remains with the victim's attorney to ascertain the varying degrees of accountability. Percentage of fault becomes a fulcrum of the case. Otherwise, assigning payment of damages becomes obscured. And damages must be foreseeable, certain and unavoidable.
The Costa Concordia/Costa Cruise Lines, Inc. blamed the captain, Francisco Schettino 100%. In essence, they are seeking to avoid legal liability. But the doctrine of respondeat superior makes the master liable for the actions of its servants. Also, since the ship lines are a common carrier, their escape will unlikely succeed.
This is because they owe a heightened duty of care to the passengers. But the fact remains, the captain failed to follow the charted electronic course. In other words, he ignored the dangers of scuttling his ship.
And he did all this just so his passengers could salute the Island of Giglio, Italy. Michael Ehline thinks a thorough investigation will find the captain was mostly to blame.
But Ehline went on to say that:
"The Costa Cruise Lines, Inc. and their parent company will also share some blame."
How Do You Contact Cruise Casualty Attorneys?
The injured victims and families must speak with qualified and experienced advocates. All you need to do is pick up the phone. Call Ehline Law Firm at (213) 596-9642.
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