Monthly Archives: March 2012

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The sunken Costa Concordia cruise ship will take approximately 10 – 12 months to salvage according to authorities.  This means that the ship will continue to sit in the pristine marine habitat off the Italian island of Giglio for the remainder of the year.

Though a salvage contract has not yet been awarded, 6 companies have submitted bids for the salvage job, including Dutch firm  Boskalis, which suggested that attempting to salvage the ship in one piece would cost “well over” $130 million.

The ship sank on January 13, 2012 after the captain, Francesco Schettino, piloted the ship too close to shore while attempting to perform a “salute.”  The ship struck underwater rocks, tearing a large hole into the ship, which eventually partially sank.

Costa Cruise Lines, which is owned by Carnival Cruise Lines of Miami, Florida, is facing several wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits, in both the United States and Italy, as a result of the cruise ship accident.

30 bodies have been recovered in the wreckage of the ship, while 2 people remain missing.



Jack Hickey - Miami Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Attorney

There is a tendency among public relations experts to down-play that which is seen as damaging, and to play-up that which is seen as beneficial. This tactic is being deployed in full force by Silversea Cruise Lines, a few days after a significant cruise ship accident, which saw a hole torn into the side of one of it’s vessels, and nearly destroyed a Vietnamese cargo ship.

Silversea has caused to collission “minor,” despite the obvious damage to not only the cruise ship, but also the cargo ship which it struck. Given recent events, which include numerous Norovirus outbreaks, cruise ship sexual assaults, and a cruise ship fire, and a cruise ship sinking, any maritime incident involving a cruis ship should be taken seriously, not downplayed as being a minor incident.

As can be seen from the above image, while the damage caused by the collision did not cause the ship to sink, the damage was significant enough to puncture a hole into the ship.

Thankfully there were no reported injuries aboard the Silversea cruise vessel, but injuries to those aboard the Vietnamese cargo ship are unknown.



Jack HickeyMiami Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Attorney

So – you or someone you know has been injured on a cruise ship, or during and on-shore excursion. Whether it was a sexual assault, slip and fall, or another kind of injury, you’d like to know if you have a case against the cruise line. You’d like to know how to go about investigating what to do next. This blog will help you with that.

The simple answer to the question “do I have a case?” is to let a professional help you with answering that question. So many times people listen to their family and friends, and miss out on seeking justice because someone has told them that what happened was their fault, and the cruise line could not possible be held responsible.

Take this hypothetical example: Suppose you and your family go on a cruise and decide to take advantage of a snorkeling excursion which is being offered by the cruise company. During the snorkeling adventure, one of the kids sees a shiny object off in the distance and tries to go investigate. As the child swims out, a sudden under-current pulls them under the water. The child is rescued in time to save their life, but as a result of having been under water too long, they suffer mild brain damage.

Now, some may say that the child, or the parents, are at fault. This may or may not be true. There are a number of questions to answer in order to determine fault. In fact, in many cases such as this, the cruise line may be found to be at fault! This is because, often times they are aware of this kind of danger, in this scenario the undercurrent, but they don’t always make it clear to the passengers.

If you, or someone you know, has been injured on a cruise ship, or during an excursion, call us immediately. We at Hickey law Firm have the experience necessary to help you seek justice.

If you have ever been to Cozumel, Mexico, perhaps you have stopped by an establishment called Senor Frogs. It is here where the rowdy come to play. With their free flowing drinks, attractive and scantily clad servers, and “anything goes” atmosphere, Senor Frogs has become a beacon for revelers in the area. Because major cruise lines, such as Carnival Cruise Lines, call on Cozumel daily, Senor Frogs has grown to international repute.

But, as with any crazy good time, there is a down side. Senor Frogs is located near a sea wall, where people can look over the side into the sea. This sea wall also proves to be an enticement for some to try their hand at diving into the sea, with injuries sometimes occurring afterwards.

Did you know that Senor Frogs had actually caught fire recently? Check out the youtube video below for proof.

We are committed to keeping people on vacation safe. If you, or anyone you know, took a Carnival Cruise vacation, and was injured at the sea wall, please contact us immediately.

The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) was passed by Congress in 1920 as an attempt to govern compensation provided to the families of those killed at sea. The act has proven controversial because historically the recoverable losses were limited to the lost wages from the deceased, not to include any damages for pain and suffering.

The law has been seen as unfair because of the often limited ability of the affected to recover damages. Part of the language of the act is as follows:

“Whenever the death of a person shall be caused by wrongful act, neglect, or default occurring on the high seas beyond a marine league from the shore of any State, or the District of Columbia, or the Territories or dependencies of the United States, the personal representative of the decedent, may maintain a suit for damages in the district courts of the United States, in admiralty, for the exclusive benefit of the decedent’s wife, husband, parent, child or dependent relative against the vessel, person, or corporation which would have been liable if death had not ensued.”

The act is limited. For example, under normal circumstances, if a person is injured at sea, and then later dies from those injuries, the act does not usually apply, unless there was already litigation pending.

There have been numerous attempts to change the DOHSA – most notably after the recent BP oil spill disaster, which killed several oil rig workers. However, as of now, there have been no major revisions to the law.

Ramiz Golshani, boyfriend of missing woman, Fariba Amani, has broken his silence about her disappearance, saying he does not know what happened to her and that he has “lost a loved one” himself. During the interview with CBS news, Golshani says that he has been cleared by the FBI of all wrong doing.

Still, the CBS piece hilights troubling trend among cruise lines. After Amani was reported missing, Celebration Cruise Lines and the FBI allowed the cruise ship to be boarded, and to sail, again the same day. The ship was not treated as a crime scene until after it had returned from an additional 2 day cruise.

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