The shipwreck of the Costa Concordia will go down in history as one of the most avoidable maritime accidents.
It is unclear whether the captain or the owners decided to sail too close to shore. It was to “salute” a former executive living on the island. However, the negligence of doing this is clear, obvious, and gross. It may even amount to criminal negligence.
If you have been injured it is imperative to contact an attorney immediately because suit must be brought in Italy.
Ordinarily, most cruises dock at an American port, therefore, a lawsuit can be brought in the United States. However, the Costa Concordia travelled solely in Italy. There is no basis to bring suit in the USA although Costa does business here.
Therefore, Italian lawyers must be hired to bring suit in Genoa, Italy, where Costa maintains its headquarters. Pursuant to the cruise ticket, suit must be brought where Costa has its main office.
As an American lawyer, licensed in New York, I cannot bring suit in Italy. However, I do work with America’s top cruise ship attorneys who will be working with Italian counsel. We will refer injured clients to our Florida counsel who will work with the Italian lawyers.
Although there is nothing to prevent a client from finding his own attorney in Italy, we do not recommend this. Our cruise attorneys have an outstanding reputation, and they will work with Italy’s best. Furthermore, the legal fee will remain the same; the fee will not be doubled to pay both American and Italian counsel. Only one legal fee will be paid.
If you or a family member has been injured on the Costa Concordia, please feel free to contact me for a free consultation at 800-581-1434 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark E. Seitelman, 2/20/12, www.seitelman.com.