Giambrone Assists Norman Atlantic Passengers To Launch Legal Action Against Vessel's Italian Owners

Author:Mr Alessandro Gravante, Piero Mastrosimone, John Norton and Gonzalo Butori
Profession:Giambrone Law ILP

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 Navigazione.

"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 Greek authorities"

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...

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