Update: U.S. Lawsuits Seek to Hold Carnival Responsible for Italian Cruise Ship Accident

by Carmen Dellutri on October 15, 2012

Naples accident attorneyPassengers injured in the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster off the coast of Italy are continuing to file lawsuits here in the United States. As we previously reported on this Florida personal injury blog, the lawsuits allege that the cruise liner’s U.S. parent company, Carnival Corp., is largely responsible for the shipwreck and the death of 32 passengers.

One lawsuit filed late last month represents 155 passengers from 14 countries, including U.S. citizens. Overall, plaintiffs are seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages.

As recently reported by BusinessWeek, the lawsuits all raise a similar argument—Carnival, as the corporate parent of the Costa brand, is ultimately responsible for any safety violations, negligence or recklessness that may have led to the cruise ship accident. As one lawsuit argues, "It is from this headquarters that the tragic crash of the Costa Concordia could have been prevented by insisting on better training of officers, safer operation and navigation of ships, and elimination of the reckless practice of 'sail-by salutes.’”

The U.S. court system is favored over pursuing the lawsuits in Italy. Lawsuits in the U.S. generally proceed more quickly. In addition, damages for pain and suffering and emotional distress are generally more difficult to pursue under Italian law.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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