Costa Concordia Passengers Offered $14,460 EachJan 27, 2012 | Parker Waichman LLP
Trying to head off legal action, the operator of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship has made a compensation offer to passengers who were uninjured after the vessel hit a rock on January 13th and ran aground. According to The Wall Street Journal, the offer of $14,460 per passenger would cover compensation for lost baggage and psychological trauma. Costa Concordia passengers who escaped the disaster relatively unscathed would also be reimbursed for their cruise fare, travel costs, and any medical expenses incurred after the grounding.
To be eligible for the deal, each passenger who accepts it would have to surrender their right to take any further legal action against Costa Crociere SpA, or its parent, Miami-based Carnival Corp.
According to the Journal, the proposed settlement agreement was negotiated between Costa Crociere and several Italian consumer groups. The offer does not extend to crew members, passengers who were hurt, or families of those who died as a result of Costa Concordia disaster. Those claims will be handled separately.
At least one Italian consumer group that was not involved in the settlement negotiations, however, is warning passengers that the offer may not be fair. According to Reuters report, Carlo Rienzi, president of Codacons, said Costa Corciere's offer was insufficient and urged passengers to see a doctor to check whether they had suffered psychological trauma.
Earlier this month, Codacons announced its own plan to file a lawsuit in Miami, where Carnival Corp. is headquartered. The lawsuit, which would seek class action status, would ask for at least $160,000 per passenger.