Victims lawyer slams insulting Costa Cordia compensation offer

by Tiffany Millar on February 1, 2012

A lawyer representing Costa Concordia passengers yesterday announced details of the $460 million class-action case that will be brought against the wrecked cruise ship’s owners.
The lawsuit comes just over two weeks since the cruise ship, which was owned and operated by Costa Cruise Lines, which is a Carnival Corp. affiliate, capsized on 13 January just off mainland Italy and spelled the deaths of 17 people. Proner & Proner’s Mitchell Proner, a Manhattan personal injury attorney, commented that several other international lawyers representing over 500 passengers will be joining him .

Proner announced the details of his clients’ civil lawsuit, which was filed in Florida yesterday while a press conference was taking place in Genoa, Italy. Proner called the initial settlement offer of $14,600 for both physical trauma and the loss of baggage insulting, adding that the company should be held responsible for the deaths it caused as it intentionally put its customers at risk.

Proner is joined by another New York law firm, namely Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, which is noted for sealing compensation settlements for workers at Ground Zero who developed health problems related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Proner & Proner’s website posted a statement that told of how it is still unknown whether or not US courts are to accept a class-action claim. 
Unlike in Italy, any accident victims filing a law suit in the US can recover punitive damages should they be able to prove egregious behaviour has been exhibited by the defendant acted. These damages can rise above the total amount of any actual losses, with US lawyers who can bring in cases sometimes awarded fees as high as 30 per cent for a recovery.

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