23 January 2012
Costa Cruises, which is owned by Carnival, has confirmed that it will be reviewing health and emergency response procedures across all of its cruise lines, including Costa. The Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012 with the loss of at least 13 lives, 19 people who were on the ship are still missing.
The company said the review will be led by James Hunn, a retired US Navy captain and the company's senior vice president of maritime policy and compliance. Hunn and senior health and safety executives from each of the lines will review all safety and emergency response policies and procedures, officer and crew training and evaluation, bridge management and company-wide response and support efforts. Carnival also said it is engaging experts on emergency response organization, training and implementation to conduct an audit of all of the company's emergency response and safety procedures and to conduct a thorough review of the Costa Concordia accident.
The announcement comes as several of the British passengers who survived the traumatic incident are considering legal action against the Costa Cruises. Costa
has been in touch with all cruise ship passengers who were on board the Costa Concordia on the 13th January to confirm that they will receive a refund for the cruise and all material expenses relating to it. The company says that it is in contact with its passengers and all consumer protection associations to determine indemnity for the hardship endured. However, the British tourists involved in this incident may be entitled to additional compensation and specialist personal injury lawyer recommend that people who were on board the Concordia should contact a lawyer to negotiate on their behalf, rather than rush to accept any offers that Costa make. It is possible that the long-lasting effects of being involved in such a disaster could result in post-traumatic stress which often leaves the sufferer unable to work. Passengers should also be able to claim for the loss of their possessions, and for any related-expenses.
, head of the personal injury
department at Leigh Day said:
“I acted for more than 70 victims of the Paddington, Berkshire, and Norwegian rail disasters - where, as well as serious physical injuries many of my clients suffered serious psychological injuries. Of those who were not injured many suffered PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as a result of being involved in the aftermath of events where many were others were killed and injured, and people were left in fear of their lives. The courts recognises that compensation can be awarded for psychological injuries, and litigation is one tool to ensure that the injured get support to help minimise any longer-term effects of such an experience.”
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