Giambrone, the Italian law firm whose Maritime insurance
lawyers have assisted the victims of the Costa Concordia
disaster and successfully recovered several thousand euros in
damages and compensation from the Italian cruise ship
operator, has today announced that they will be launching a similar
class action on behalf of the passengers on board the
Italian-owned Norman Atlantic vessel against
the Italian owner of the boat, Visemar Di
"The Norman Atlantic passengers have clearly been through a
terrifying and most traumatic experience and one which may have
long-lasting effects for them," he said. "With over
500 passengers on board this huge vessel, the safety of passengers
should have been the first and only priority. The ferry should have
not been allowed to travel due to the deficiencies found by the
Under Italian law, the injured passengers on board of the Norman
Atlantic are entitled to seek compensation for all personal
injuries sustained on board and after disembarkation, material
damages, compensation for ruined vacation, compensation for lost
property and items, a refund for the transportation
costs and compensation for any damages to their vehicles.
The Athens Convention, which applies
to international carriage by sea, states that compensation claims
for personal injury and death can usually be brought in the country
most favourable to the victims and this may contradict the legal
provisions of the purchase of the transport ticket
which specify that Italian law should apply to any disputes
with the ship owners. For personal injuries, Italian law may
actually provide for a more accurate remedy that the
Greece General Maritime Law and statutory
law, governed by a federal statute called
the Death On The High Seas
Passengers are entitled to be compensated not only on the
grounds of the shipowner's contractual liability
but also in relation to failures or violations of
international maritime safety rules which would increase
the potential liability of the maritime company, and
raise the level of compensation through the claim for
Piero Mastrosimone, head of
Giambrone's Maritime Accidents team,
said they were continuing to receive enquiries from a growing
number of passengers from Italy and abroad: the majority of
passengers and crew were Italians and Greeks but it is reported
that other passengers were from various other European countries
including France, Germany and England.
The Italian car ferry Norman Atlantic was travelling from
Patras, in Greece, to Ancona, in Italy with 422 passengers and 56
crew members on board when a fire broke out on its car deck,
north-west of Corfu near Greece last Sunday.
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