Shortly after the first U.S. lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, against Carnival Corp over the Costa Concordia disaster, the company offered each passenger who suffered no physical harm, $14,460 as compensation for lost luggage and psychological trauma. As part of the agreement between Costa representatives and Italian consumer groups, the company will also reimburse passengers for their travel expenses, medical expenses, and the full cost of the cruise.
The lawsuit, filed by crewmember Gary Lobaton, seeks class action status, and claims Lobaton was not aware of the “dangerous conditions” of the ship until it was too late to abandon. The potential class action lawsuit seeks a determination on whether Carnival deviated from international safety standard during the cruise. “Costa Concordia’s Captain, Francesco Schettino, delayed the order to abandon ship and deploy the lifeboats,” MSNBC reported the lawsuit as saying.
The Costa Concordia reimbursement offer does not apply to crewmembers or those who were injured, or their families, when the cruise sank off the coast of Italy. Those passengers who are not satisfied with the deal are free to take legal action.