Irwin Mitchell, Herbert Smith win Costa Concordia advisory roles

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  • It is interesting how this catastrophe relates to the Titanic and Columbia Shuttle, both of them were also caused by a chain of bad human decisions.
    I recommend you this book that explains what happened there and it gives some clues of what could be going on the Costa Concordia:
    http://www.amazon.com/Iceberg-Sighted-Decision-Making-Techniques-ebook/dp/B0064AS8CM

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  • "More than 100 passengers have already joined a class action and are reportedly seeking to claim more than £100,000 each."

    £100k each? Are they 'avin' a larf?

    OK, it was probably rather unpleasant, but most of them don't seem to have been physically injured to any extent, and they'll be able to dine out on it for years to come.

    Bearing in mind that the JSB Guidelines only recommend £63,000 to £72.000 for the total loss of a hand and £36,000 to £43,000 for the total loss of an eye it would be obscene if these claimants received anything like £100k.

    A couple of thou each would be more than enough unless they had identifiable physical injuries, and I hope the insurers Part 36 them at an early stage to take the wind out of their sails.

    And typical crocodile tears talk from IM's rep - "Tragically ..." - puh-lease, tragic for those who died or were seriously injured, but not for the majority of uninjured passengers, who will be looking forward to weeping all the way to the bank.

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  • Funnily enough, the only Italian firm mentioned is Giambrone Law, everyone else is UK-based. Issues of liability and causation can only be determined by applying Italian law, so IM and the likes are not best suited for the advisory role. Damages are also determined under Italian law so maybe the £100k figure per passenger is over optimistic?

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  • @ rural bliss
    If you look at JSB for psychiatric damage or PTSD then the top levels of this non-physical injury are £76,000.00. This of course does not include the physical injuries which could easily rank into the tens of thousands dependent on the level of damage. Also to consider are special damages, if you lost income, had to pay for flights home etc and also the price of the holiday is also included then this could easily run to the £100,000 mark.
    Before making your comments you have to look at the devastaing effect that these disaters can have on peoples mental health. I doubt you would be so derisive had you been on the ship.
    With Rural Bliss's daily mail style comment put to one side, Pannone's will surely be kicking themselves.
    They have missed a trick on the GLO side of things.

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  • Anyone thinking of going with Giambrone & Law would be well advised to do a bit of digging first. Myself and many other Brits have a case against him. I would advise not to use this firm.

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  • We first hired a US attorney in Florida but when the case against Carnival was dropped, we were referred by our Attorney to Giambrone & Law. After almost 14 months, our compensation claim has been settled by Costa and we have received an offer above what other people seem to have accepted.

    Most passengers are still going through the courts in Italy but we are very pleased with the outcome; Giambrone & Law have been very professional, kept us advised from beginning to end and - a part from a few language problems with our lawyer - everything else went really well.

    I know that Giambrone & Law is representing almost 200 passengers on that ship and I guess that most of us have been able to receive out of court compensation settlements

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  • Interesting update on the Italian criminal case, guilty plea rejected by prosecutors. More about this story: http://www.etravelblackboardasia.com/article/91175/italian-prosecutors-reject-concordia-captains-plea-bargain-bid

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  • We have just received our cheque in the post from our lawyers at Giambrone Law today, great surprise during the Christmas period. This hopefully puts an end to our family's ordeal over the last 24 months.

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