Italian court awards Costa Concordia passengers more than $100,000

FILE – In this Jan. 14, 2012 photo, the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side after it ran aground on the small Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. An Italian court has ordered cruise line Costa Croisier to pay 92,700 euros ($105,000) to a passenger who was aboard the Costa Concordia when it crashed and capsized off Tuscany in 2012, in one of the few civil suits that has reached a verdict against the company. . Costa, part of US-based Carnival Corp., declined to comment Wednesday, December 29, 2021 (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

ROME (AFP) – An Italian court has ordered cruise line Costa Croisier to pay 92,700 euros ($105,000) to a passenger who was on board the Costa Concordia when it crashed and capsized off Tuscany in 2012, in one of the few civil suits reached. Judgment against the company.

A Genoa court has ruled that passenger Ernesto Carusotti suffered from post-traumatic stress as a result of the disaster that killed 32 people, according to the consumer group that represented him at Codacons.

Costa, which is part of US-based Carnival Corp., declined to comment on Wednesday. In a statement to the Associated Press, Costa said she reserves the right to respond “through the most appropriate channels.”

About 4,200 passengers and crew were aboard the Concordia when it hit a reef on January 13, 2012, off the island of Giglio in Tuscany. Captain Francesco Schettino is serving a 16-year prison sentence after being found guilty of manslaughter, causing the ship to sink and abandoning the ship. Prosecutors say Schettino deliberately brought the ship too close to shore in a stunt, then abandoned the list while passengers and crew were still on board.

During Schettino’s trial, Costa told the Florence court that he had paid 84 million euros in compensation to passengers, cabin crew and relatives of 32 dead, Italian media reported at the time. But a small percentage of people rejected the compensation package and filed lawsuits.

According to the Codacons, Genoa judge Paolo Ghibli ruled that the Costa Crosier was responsible not only for the shipwreck itself but for the traumatic experience Carusotti suffered. Costa was ordered to pay €77,000 in damages in addition to €15,692 in legal fees.

In a statement, the Codacons said the award was a “very important victory” as it demonstrated the “complete contradiction” in Costa’s compensation package to most victims.

The upside-down Concordia was eventually patched from the reef and then floated to the mainland where it was turned into scrap.

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