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Costa passengers seek damages after wreck

The Local · 21 Jan 2012, 14:04

Published: 21 Jan 2012 14:04 GMT+01:00

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Their lawyer said more passengers were expected to file suit over the coming week.

"For the physical stress alone, the claim is €2,500 in compensation per person," attorney Hans Reinhardt said on Saturday.

Eleven people have now been confirmed dead after the Costa Concordia hit rocks and sturned over near Italy's Giglio Island on January 13. It is thought that 12 Germans are among the more than 20 people still missing.

Police are investigating the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, on suspicion of manslaughter and abandoning the ship before passengers were safely evacuated.

Five German passengers, including two married couples and one woman from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, are suing the cruise operator for damages of around €100,000.

"Jewellery, credit cards, important documents – after an accident like this, it's all gone," the lawyer said. Passengers normally have to four weeks after the end of a trip to file a claim.

A new poll conducted by the Emnid institute for the weekly Bild am Sonntag newspaper indicated that 51 percent of Germans had ruled out taking a cruise because of the Costa Concordia wreck.

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German Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer is now looking to push through new safety rules for large cruise ships.


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15:31 January 21, 2012 by storymann
After the fact information has raised many issues, I think their claims for damages are very modest.
17:34 January 21, 2012 by pepsionice
There's generally a limit in German courts on damages. Everyone will get what their luggage and personal effects were valued. You get some personal damages, and that's it. In the US, you could have sued for $1 million, and likely ended up with $150k in settlements (your attorney would have claimed $40k of that).
18:40 January 21, 2012 by storymann
All those people that died and lived through that horror form Gross Negligence surly deserve more than their effects?
21:07 January 21, 2012 by ovalle3.14
Not everybody is lucky enough to accidentally fall into an evacuation boat.
22:05 January 21, 2012 by rfwilson
@ storymann

"All those people that died and lived through that horror form Gross Negligence surly deserve more than their effects?"

And exactly how does shoveling more money at them, reduce the "horror" they suffered, or in any way make things better?
01:41 January 22, 2012 by nemo999
Better check the fine print on that ticket, with Costa, liability is limited via the Treaty of Athens, the ship is flagged in Italy, which signed the treaty. The amount is limited to 75,000 Euro. The Treaty of Athens requires a life boat drill within 24 hours of port departure. It only requires that the crew actual have handled/launched a lifeboat twice in a 12 month period. Had the ship been flagged in a country that had not signed the Treaty of Athens, then it a whole different matter. The United States of America did not sign this treaty. There are just no cruise ships flagged in the United States, go figure.

It is much like the ICAO treaty that limits claims against airline on international flight in the case of loss of life or injury.
09:51 January 22, 2012 by storymann
How? if you can't figure that out on your own ,there is little sense for me to try and explain it to you.
20:31 January 22, 2012 by raandy
rfwilson, you don't think a half a mill or more wouldn't help dull the thoughts of the incident and ease the bain. You better think again dude.
10:45 January 24, 2012 by moistvelvet
Not surprising really that 51 percent of Germans would kneejerk in panic and say they wouldn't now go on a cruise, likewise wouldn't be surprised if the other 49 percent wished they were on that cruise so they could milk the ca$h cow.

Where there's blame, there's a claim eh!
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