If you are a passenger on a cruise ship and get injured, there will be a few things you will have to prove in order to determine liability. The number one thing you will have to confirm in court is that the cruise ship operator was negligent in some way. This is the main way…

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Our nationwide maritime attorneys can help victims of cruise ship accidents, injuries and assault. A recent string of cruise ship accidents have shown that passengers and crew on board these large vessels are at risk for serious injuries and death when there is negligence or recklessness. Most recently, a woman leaped overboard a cruise ship…

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A recent string of accidents has occurred aboard Carnival cruise ships. On October 23, a 52-year-old woman on board the Carnival Sensation fell in an elevator and broke both of her legs. The Coast Guard Air Station Miami hoisted the woman off the ship via helicopter and took her to a nearby medical center. At…

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In an interview with The New York Times, lawmakers expressed concern about the overwhelming size of cruise ships and the dangers they present for both passengers and crews. According to the articles, safety experts, regulators and lawmakers are worried about the oversight and enforcement that cruise ships do not have. A string of accidents that…

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Carnival Cruise Ship Worker Killed in Accident at New Orleans Port A Carnival cruise ship worker was killed while working on the outside of the Carnival Conquest in a New Orleans port on October 20. The worker was killed while operating a man lift, a piece of equipment that raises workers up to the exterior…

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COSTA CONCORDIA Captain Admits He Was “Distracted” July 13 marked six months since the COSTA CONCORDIA capsized near the Italian island of Giglio, resulting in the deaths of 32 people, including two Americans. Island residents and victims’ relatives offered prayers, while ships sounded their horns in honor of those lost. Church bells rang out at…

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Costa’s Forum Selection Clause The COSTA CONCORDIA disaster took the world by surprise. Not only did this tragic cruise ship accident shake many people’s confidence in cruise ship safety, it also thrust the issue of forum selection clauses into the mainstream. Like all major cruise lines, Costa Cruises has a forum selection clause in its…

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Not all cruise passengers read the fine print included with their ticket package. One clause that all passengers should know about is the forum selection clause. If you sustain an injury onboard a cruise ship, or if your loved one dies in a cruise ship accident, the forum selection clause dictates where you can file…

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COSTA CONCORDIA Performers File $200 Million Lawsuit Four Hungarian musicians and dancers who were onboard the COSTA CONCORDIA cruise ship when it capsized off the coast of Italy on Jan. 13 have filed a federal lawsuit in White Plains, N.Y., against Costa Cruises and its parent corporation Carnival Cruise Lines. The performers were part of…

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On May 18, salvage experts revealed their plan for how to raise the wrecked COSTA CONCORDIA in one piece. Thirty-two people died in the COSTA CONCORDIA disaster, including two Americans. Since Jan. 13, when the 4,200-passenger cruise ship capsized after striking a reef, the COSTA CONCORDIA has continued to sit in environmentally sensitive waters near…

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Costa Unveils New Ship, Cuts Ticket Prices Following the Jan. 13 cruise ship accident in which the COSTA CONCORDIA capsized off the coast of Italy, Costa Cruises has been trying to repair its tarnished image. Costa, part of the British-American company Carnival Cruise Lines, has not only been cutting ticket prices, it also christened a…

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In the wake of the COSTA CONCORDIA tragedy, the cruise industry has been scrambling to save face. Recently, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the European Cruise Council (ECC) announced three new safety policies, which include: Only allowing authorized individuals on the bridge when the captain is dealing with a potentially risky situation Planning…

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The death toll now stands at 32, although two bodies have yet to be recovered. Victims of the COSTA CONCORDIA tragedy hailed from around the world: Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Peru, Spain, India and Minnesota. Three months after the ship capsized off the coast of Italy, Italian officials confirmed two of the identified bodies were…

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COSTA CONCORDIA Tragedy Prompts Cruise Industry to Adopt New Safety Policies On Jan. 13, the COSTA CONCORDIA capsized off the coast of Italy after striking a reef, claiming the lives of 32 people, including an elderly couple from Minnesota. In the wake of this tragic cruise ship accident, the cruise industry has been reviewing its…

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A century after the RMS TITANIC sank and claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people, the cruise industry now boasts its ships are one of the safest means of transportation in the world. According to Carl Bialik, however, a Yale University graduate who writes for The Wall Street Journal as “The Numbers Guy,” the…

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Italian authorities recently announced that efforts to remove fuel from the shipwrecked COSTA CONCORDIA concluded on March 24. Reportedly, crews drained more than 2,000 tons of fuel and sewage from the capsized ship. There have been no reports of significant pollution at the wreckage site or in the pristine waters surrounding it. Even though fuel…

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Last week — more than two months after the COSTA CONCORDIA struck a reef and capsized off the coast of Italy — efforts to recover the bodies of all who were killed in this tragic cruise ship accident continued. On March 22, divers found three bodies situated between the ship’s hull and the seabed, finding…

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Divers located three more bodies in the COSTA CONCORDIA wreckage last Thursday, bringing the total body count to 28. Four people still remain missing and are presumed dead. Details about the victims’ genders and ages were not immediately released. According to media reports, the bodies were seen between the hull and the seabed. As of…

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COSTA CONCORDIA Fuel Removal Gets Underway After Two Weeks of Delays After two weeks of delays due to rough seas and unfavorable weather conditions, crews began pumping fuel from the capsized COSTA CONCORDIA on Feb. 12. The ship sits off the coast of Tuscany, Italy, where it ran aground on Jan. 13, claiming the lives…

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COSTA CONCORDIA Fuel Removal Efforts Begin Preliminary efforts to remove the 2,500 tons of fuel and oil from the capsized COSTA CONCORDIA began last week. The ship sits off the coast of the Tuscan island Giglio, in waters that are part of a protected marine park where porpoises, dolphins and whales thrive. On Jan. 24,…

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COSTA CONCORDIA Disaster Casts Negative Light on the Practice of Sail-Bys It has been widely reported that Captain Francesco Schettino strayed from the COSTA CONCORDIA’s approved course to take the ship near the island of Giglio in a maneuver known as a “salute” or a “sail-by.” He admits to making a navigational error that caused the…

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CEO Admits Costa Sometimes Encouraged Its Captains to Sail Near the Coast Pier Luigi Foschi, chief executive officer of Costa Cruises, admitted to a Senate committee in Rome that the company “did sometimes encourage its captains to sail close to the coast, saying the practice was ‘in demand’ and ‘helps enrich the product,’” according to…

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Last week, Italian officials released a list of the passengers and crew killed in the COSTA CONCORDIA tragedy. As of Thursday, the death toll had reached 16, including three bodies recovered from the wreckage that had yet to be identified. The list of confirmed dead included: Four passengers from France Three passengers from Germany Three…

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Boater distraction often involves a tangible object, like a cell phone. Sometimes, however, a boater’s daydreams or thoughts serve as a distraction. When a boat operator’s mind strays from safely piloting the vessel, the operator has become mentally distracted. The recent and tragic cruise ship accident in which the COSTA CONCORDIA capsized off the coast…

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