Compensation Claim: Passengers From Capsized Cruise Ship Offered Settlement
The Italian company that owns the Costa Concordia cruise ship has offered passengers £9,000 each in compensation.
The company has also promised to pay any medical and extra transport costs incurred by the passengers of the capsized cruise ship, as well as refunding the cost of the cruise. The compensation offer comes after negotiations between Costa Cruises and Italian consumer groups.
Despite stating that the offer will not include those who have been injured or lost loved ones, one consumer group, Codacons, has urged passengers not to accept the offer. Carlo Rienzi, head of the watchdog said:
“The passengers are absolutely not to accept the compensation offered by Costa,the distinction made between who has been physically injured and who hasn’t is absurd.
“This is why we urge every passenger to undergo medical visits which would confirm any eventual permanent psychological damage. This could give them access to much larger compensations.”
It has been reported that two US law firms are launching a class action suit against Costa Cruises, demanding at least £105,000 for each individual passenger. The BBC has been told that the class action is likely to be brought on behalf of 110 claimants.
Compensation Claim : Hopeful That Majority Of Patients Will Accept The Offer
Despite these reports, a spokesman for Adoc, one of the consumer groups that negotiated the offer is hopeful that the majority of patients will accept the compensation claim:
“This deal concerns some of the 3,000 passengers from 60 countries, including some 900 Italians. We think around 85% of them will agree to this deal.”
So far 16 people are reported to have been killed after the ship ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio on 13 January. At least 16 others are still thought to be missing.
Allegations have been made by Costa Cruises, who claim that the Captain, Francesco Schettino, committed ‘grave errors of judgement’ by steering the ship too close to the island of Giglio on an ‘unauthorised manoeuvre’.
Captain Schettino is under house arrest on suspicion of manslaughter-something which he denies.
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