Following a court hearing in the Costa Concordia cruise accident case, the captain of the ship has issued a public apology to passengers and to the family members of those who died in the tragedy. Captain Francesco Schettino, who has been blamed for the capsizing of the ship off the coast of Italy in January, was charged with manslaughter and abandoning ship. Thirty-two people died in the tragedy and scores of survivors were injured, but the captain has asserted in court that he did nothing wrong. However, this week he apologized to some of the survivors for his actions.
The Concordia cruise ship capsized on January 13 just off the small island of Giglio. The ship hit a rock which tore a gash in its hull and the captain was blamed for altering the direction of the ship, which ultimately led to the tragic cruise ship accident. While Schettino admitted he made mistakes, he has accused the company of mishandling the situation after it fired him. He has actually sued Costa Cruises, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corp., for wrongful termination of his employment.
Schettino is accused of abandoning the ship before his passengers and crew were safe. The fact that he has decided to sue the cruise line for his termination is beyond belief for critics. The captain is in the midst of pre-trial hearings that will determine whether or not he will go to trial. Schettino faces multiple charges of manslaughter and abandoning ship, but he isn't the only one being investigated. Eight other crewmembers, as well as the ship's owner, are being accused of contributing to the cruise ship accident. Surviving passengers corroborate that the evacuation process was extremely chaotic and no crewmember seemed to know what they were doing. The bodies of two missing passengers have yet to be recovered as well and the cruise ship currently sits half-submerged near Giglio.
While fingers are being pointed at the captain, Costa Cruises shares the blame. Because cruise lines are responsible for the safety of their passengers and crew, accidents that occur at sea can result in the cruise line itself being held accountable. Unfortunately, cruise line operators do everything possible to try and avoid taking responsibility when a cruise ship accident occurs, but having a top cruise ship injury attorney on your side will ensure your rights as a cruise injury victim are upheld.
Our office is currently representing many passengers who have been injured on cruise ships. We will work diligently to secure you and your loved ones the compensation you deserve. Earlier this year, we obtained a jury verdict of over $2,676,000 in a trial in Miami against a cruise line.
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