Parker & Waichman, LLP Retained by Three Passengers Injured after Crown Princess Cruise Ship Listed to the Right; Firm Currently Evaluating Cases on Behalf of Other Injured Passengers and Crew Members - Firm Criticizes Carnival’s Plan to Continue UsingJul 20, 2006 | www.webwire.com Parker & Waichman, LLP (www.yourlawyer.com) announced that it has been retained by three passengers on the Crown Princess cruise ship who were injured after the vessel listed between 15 and 38 degrees to the right. On July 19 the ship departed from Canaveral, Florida for New York on the final leg of a nine-day Caribbean voyage. Parker & Waichman, LLP intends to file the required notice of claim to Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL), the owner of the Crown Princess, on behalf of these injured victims on July 21. The firm intends file suit against Carnival Corp. and the relevant component manufacturers, including the manufacturers of the ship’s autopilot and steering systems, by the end of July 2006.
Parker & Waichman, LLP is currently investigating additional claims from passengers and crew members. Passengers can request a free lawsuit case consultation at http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/cruise_ship_injuries . Injured crew members can request a free lawsuit case consultation by visiting http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/cruise_ship_injuries or http://www.maritimelegalhelp.com.
The ship, which weighs approximately 113,000 tons, had more than 3,100 passengers and 1,200 crew members aboard when the incident occurred. While the actual cause of the problem will be determined after the NTSB and Coast Guard finish their investigation, it is believed that the incident was caused by a malfunction of the steering equipment, or human error by the bridge crew. Similar incidents have happened in the past. The ship has since departed for Brooklyn, New York, with investigators from the U.S. Coast Guard and NTSB aboard. Carnival currently intends to put the ship back into service this Saturday, even if the investigation is not completed.
“The investigation into the cause of the problem has only just begun. We believe Carnival has jeopardized the safety of the ship’s crew members by requiring them to sail to New York today,” said Jerrold S. Parker, partner at Parker & Waichman, LLP. “The company’s plan to put passengers back on the boat this Saturday, before the safety investigation is concluded, is grossly irresponsible. We call on the NTSB and Coast Guard to require that Carnival keep the ship docked until it is deemed safe and bear responsibility for the injuries of passengers and crewmembers in this latest safety breach.”
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