It was only last Friday, January 13, 2012 that Italy's cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, hit a reef and partially sank while sailing off the Italian coast. Already, the incident is being recognized as one of disastrous consequences, with more than 64 individuals injured, 29 individuals missing, and six lost lives.
Isola del Giglio, Tuscany was the site where the ship finally ran aground, causing the evacuation of a total of 4,211 passengers and crew members. Costa Concordia's captain, F. Schettino has been arrested and is now facing charges of voluntary manslaughter for sailing substantially closer to shore than is called for by typical sailing procedures. As it stands, the disaster is the largest in history for passenger shipwrecks.
Whether or not you or a loved one personally suffered from the aftermath of the shipwreck, it is safe to say that its results have probably impacted your life in some way. The total devastation of this type of catastrophe and the losses it has caused will be felt throughout the world, none more so than by those who were directly hit.
At Arnold & Itkin LLP we represent the victims of accident and personal injury cases such as that of the Costa Concordia sinking. In particular, we have dedicated a large portion of our practice to the protection and representation of offshore injury accidents and their victims. The sinking of the Italian cruise ship will very likely call upon maritime law in the legal proceedings that follow, making a Houston personal injury lawyer from our firm of extreme usefulness to survivors of the wreck.
Crew members and passengers alike can seek recovery and compensation for the trauma, injury, and personal damages incurred during the unexpected catastrophe, and we can help you do so. Contact a Houston personal injury attorney from our firm to discuss how we can put our legal services to work for you case.