Cruise Ship Sinks
Costa Cruises - Costa Concordia
Off The Coast Of Italy - January 13, 2012
In a Special Edition of his Law Reporter, Maritime lawyer Charles Lipcon addressed the Costa Concordia accident. You can read his Law Reporter here. Mr. Lipcon says:
Costa Concordia Lawsuits
As of Noon (EST) on January 23, 2012 it has been reported that there are 13 dead and 20 or more passengers and crew still missing. Successful recovery against Costa will require the assistance of an experienced maritime attorney who is familiar with the ticket contract and how to get around the many obstacles it presents such as requiring passengers to bring their claim in Genoa, Italy, limiting the value of each cabin's personal property and limiting the time within which they can bring their claim to one year versus the typical three years.
Our firm has successfully handled cases against Costa Crociere in both Genoa, Italy as well as in the United States. Presently we have cases pending against Costa in Italy.
Our maritime law firm offers the following time sensitive information for the Concordia's affected passengers and their families:
- Victims of the sinking of the Costa vessel have legal claims that can be brought against the vessel operator.
- These claims will be governed in large measure by the wording of the passenger ticket, which usually includes a requirement of notice of claim within a short period of time, the filing of a lawsuit within a short period of time and the location where the lawsuit must be brought.
- Typically, Costa requires suit be brought in Genoa, Italy, but there are certain exceptions that might allow for suit to be brought in Florida.
- Victims and their families should immediately contact an experienced maritime lawyer, especially one who handles cruise line cases.
Factors to consider in choosing a lawyer for the Costa Concordia disaster:
1.How many years does the lawyer and his firm have in suing cruise lines? At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina and Winkleman P.A. the answer is combined experience in excess of 75 years
2.Has the firm ever sued Costa in the United States and in Italy? At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina and Winkleman P.A. the answer is that we have sued Costa successfully in both the United States and Italy.
3.Has the firm done anything with respect to safety on cruise ships? At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina and Winkleman P.A. the answer is that Charles Lipcon wrote "Unsafe On The High Seas" a guide to a safer cruise which is available at Amazon, Itunes, and Barnes and Noble in digital format. Also, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have handled hundreds of injury cases which have directly involved cruise ship safety and have successfully obtained more than $100 million compensation for its clients in those cases.
If you or a loved one were on board the Costa Concordia during this disaster CONTACT US NOW
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina and Winkleman P.A. is the firm that the national media turns to for their expertise regarding this tragic incident
The individual case pages for those lost on Costa Concordia are here. Costa Concordia videos are here. An excellent video documenting the sinking of the Sea Diamond is here. The case page for Sea Diamond is here