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Green light for the NORMAN ATLANTIC’s Civil case in Bari

The civil Court of Bari

Following the last hearing in the NORMAN ATLANTIC’s civil case running in the court of Bari, the judge had kept the file in reserve on the many exceptions raised by the counterpart lawyers to support the ineffectiveness and illegitimacy of the notifications and of the whole trial action; on the contrary, by order of the judge dott.ssa SIMONE RAFFAELLA, the Court has instead decided to proceed further in the case and has accepted our request to extend the claim for 26 million euro against VISEMAR COSTRUZIONI, owner of the “naked” hull of the Norman Atlantic ship, then leased to Visemar Navigazione and in turn from this rented to the Greek company ANEK AE. Following the summons for the third party’s call in the trial, the first company will then be jointly held with the others to pay all damages to passengers.

The next hearing of the trial is scheduled for 03/28/2019 09:30 AM FOR THE CALL OF THE THIRD COMPANY.

In the meantime, the criminal trial – passed the phase of the probative incident that has verified the presence of serious responsibilities and malfunctions as with the expert report ordered by the preliminary investigation judge – is undergoing a decisive delay in the start of the trial phase due to structural problems in the court of justice building of Bari; in fact, starting from the end of July, is being declared the stop of all criminal cases with not a few organizational problems for the Public Prosecutor’s Office, which is now without a proper building to celebrate the trials.

We will keep you up-to-date on upcoming developments in civil hearings and criminal cases.


LUCE VERDE PER IL PROCESSO CIVILE A BARI

A seguito della ultima udienza nella causa civile sul naufragio della NORMAN ATLANTIC presso il tribunale di Bari, il giudice aveva trattenuto il fascicolo in riserva sulle molte eccezioni sollevate dai legali di controparte per sostenere la nullità delle notifiche e della azione processuale; al contrario con ordinanza del giudice dott.ssa SIMONE RAFFAELLA, il Tribunale ha invece disposto procedersi oltre nel processo ed ha accolto la ns richiesta di estendere la domanda risarcitoria per 26 milioni di euro circa nei confronti della VISEMAR COSTRUZIONI, proprietaria dello scafo “nudo” della m/n Norman Atlantic, poi concessa in locazione a Visemar Navigazione e a sua volta da questa noleggiata alla compagnia greca ANEK AE. A seguito della citazione per la chiamata del terzo nel processo, anche la prima società sarà quindi tenuta in solido con le altre al risarcimento dei danni a favore dei passeggeri.

La prossima udienza per la prosecuzione del giudizio è fissata al 28/03/2019 09:30 PER CHIAMATA DEL TERZO.

Nel frattempo il giudizio penale – superata la fase dell’incidente probatorio che ha accertato la presenza di gravi responsabilità e malfunzionamenti con la perizia disposta dal giudice delle indagini preliminari – sta subendo un deciso ritardo nell’avvio della fase dibattimentale a causa dei problemi strutturali nel palazzo di giustizia di Bari; di fatto a partire da fine luglioo’è stato lo stop di tutte le cause penali e non pochi problemi organizzativi per la Procura, che si ritrova senza aule per celebrare i processi. Vi terremo aggiornati a breve sui prossimi sviluppi delle udienze civili e della causa penale.

Annunci

Fire emergency in Greece on Anek’s ferry΄El Venizelos’ – ΄ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΟΣ ΒΕΝΙΖΕΛΟΣ΄: ΜΙΑ ΑΚΟΜΗ ΠΥΡΚΑΓΙΑ ΞΕΣΠΑΣΕ ΣΕ ΟΧΗΜΑΤΑΓΩΓΟ ΠΛΟΙΟ ΤΩΝ ΑΝΕΚ LINES

In the night between August the 28th and the 29th 2018 the ship Eleftherios Venizelos, another ferry from Anek Lines, during its travel from Piraeus to Crete with 875 passengers and 141 crew on board, was hit by a serious fire in the garage area, so much that the Captain was forced to declare general emergency and abandonment of the ship.

The emergency operations were not easy and implied the intervent of two firefighting tug boats, ten tenders, 48 firefighters and two emergency teams, as the fire was very quickly expanding from the lower decks and heavy black smoke was inclosing the ship.

The dynamic of the new accident is similar to the disaster of the Norman Atlantic, which as this one, was operating under the flag of the Greek company ANEK: a vehicle parked on board caught fire so that from 12am the board started to send emergency signals to get help from the Coast Guard.

After we assisted dozens of passengers who suffered a devastating experience onboard of the Anek’s ferry Norman Atlantic in the nights of the 28/29 December 2014 where so many lost their life, an all others suffered for their personal safety and for the losses of their personal belongings and for which we already submitted to the Civil Court of Bari our law suit against Anek and Visemar (see our web page on such case: https://giustiziapernormanatlantic.wordpress.com/), we face another case with a fire that broke out in the car deck of a ferry.

The emergency operations on the Eleftherios Venizelos went on during all night and the ship was at the end escorted back into Piraeus and all the passengers were disambarked only during the morning of the 29 August.

Media sources report that the ship has had many problems operating so much that since 2014 it has a discontinuous use, with some short-term rentals (including one to the Greek government for the transportation of migrants from the islands) and sporadic income in service as a replace of other ships Anek stopped for repairs. This raises questions in relation to safety of the ship. These questions will be adressed by with a specific complaint we will file to authorities that have already opened an investigation to find out the causes of the fire and the reasons for the lack of containment of the flames in the garage by the drenching system, providing all the trial expert’s reports on Norman Atlantic about critical issues on fires in Ro/Ro ship’s garage open decks. Continua a leggere

Documento Newspaper on our client’s testimonies

An article from Documento newspaper in Greece, recently took into account our legal Team collegue Mr. Kriton Metaxopoulos and some of our client’s interview.

Numerous faults, omissions and violations of basic safety rules are detected in the report on the causes of the tragedy of the Norman Atlantic shipwreck from the experts appointed by the Italian Justice which is currently displayed in «Documento» newspaper. At the same time, people who experienced the events of December 28th 2014, talk to «Documento» newspaper and describe the dramatic moments they experienced in the Adriatic, where they literally faced death.

The appointed experts reported that the ship was overloaded with vehicles and especially refrigerator trucks. The results showed that the on board vehicles were more than the available sockets. In this context, many refrigerator trucks had their engines working while the ship was on board. Furthermore, the experts concluded that the fire caused by a vehicle engine/machine, a fact that may be related to the operation of the engines the on board refrigerator trucks. It is mentioned that the inadequacy of the available sockets on the ship compared with the number of refrigerator trucks became subject of the debate among captain Argillio Giaromazzi, ship-owner Argillio Giaromazzi and representative of ANEK, few hours before the fatal incident.  It is also noted that due to overload of the ship, the vehicles in parking lots were almost stuck with each other.

According to the appointed experts, the construction of the ship, the arrangement of its inner spaces and the time required for the activation of the ship’s fire-alarm system were the basic factors that the fire impossible to be extinguished on time.

Mr. Kriton Metaxopoulos, the lawyer who represents families of victims of the Norman Atlantic shipwreck along with Italian lawyers, mentioned in Documento newspaper the following: ‘’The facts resulted from questioning procedure until today and basically the experts’ findings confirm all the allegations and arguments of both families of the victims and tragedy survivors. In any case, according to my opinion, there is no doubt about the civil and criminal liability of the defendants’’.

Survivors’ Testimonies

  • Mr. Ioannis Vassalos (passenger): ‘’There was no plan and the crew was not on its duty positions.  The situation was out of control.’’
  • Mr. Olivier Coissard (French passenger): ‘’There were such high temperatures that our shoes melted and our bags got burnt.’’
  • Mr. Evangelos Tsoukis (passenger): ‘’Every one of us acted spontaneously. […] There was no coordinated action or any information by the crew…’’
  • Mr. Leonidas Konstantinidis (truck driver): ‘’We were trapped and fire was getting closer to us. The only option seemed to be the sea’’.

Costa Concordia case and Norman Atlantic

Costa Concordia and punitive damages

Costa Concordia and punitive damages

As known, the ruling on appeal in criminal proceedings about the sinking of Costa Concordia ship, has recently upheld the conviction of captain Francesco Schettino to 16 years in prison. Our legal team has participated in this criminal trial since the beginning, representing, as “Giustizia per la Concordia” the interests of circa a hundred passengers and one of the victims, through a civil request  of compensation filed in the criminal case, running in the court of Grosseto in first degree, and in front of the Court of appeal of Florence then.

Our work, however, it was also and above focused towards establishing facts, detection of truth and identification of ALL responsibilities that, over those undeniable, objective and subjective, of the Captain, have prepared the ground to realize the tragedy, and in particular those of the shipping company because of the many failures, the crew unpreparedness, lack of immediate demand of tugboats and criminal management of the emergency, all widely linked to a consolidated savings policy by Costa Crociere, and more generally from all the shipping companies of big ships.

In the first degree instance, our clients, which – differently many others passengers, did not accept the company offer (€ 11.000,00, giving up any further claims and rights), obtained the conviction for a provisional compensation payment by Costa Cruises, variable between 30 thousand and 50 thousand euro for each passenger. In Appeal the payment due has been increased of about 15 thousand euro, raising the provisionals in a range from 45.000,00 to 65.000,00 euro for each passenger. Up to six times the original offer , as accepted by most passengers!

About punitive damages, the case will proceed in Supreme Court, as recently in our country, we faced many openings to this important side effect of a conviction, in presence of gross negligence.

We can not but emphasize that the compensation ruling on the Concordia case, and the positive results obtained in that criminal trial, can ad will reflect also directly on the Norman Atlantic case, as the winding parameters of the damage used by the courts, took into account the existence of psychological harm, in terms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), resulting from the participation of our clients to a traumatic experience that left indelible marks in their lives.

Knowing in detail the personal story lived on board of the Norman Atlantic by all of our clients that we assist in this other major naval disaster, we can state without a doubt, that their experience on board of the ferry on fire has been extremely stronger than the one lived aboard of the Concordia, both in terms of duration (up to two days) that of the physical and psychological intensity (exposure to extreme conditions, intoxication from fumes, no assistance on board etc.) and finally major financial losses in the event for the loss of all goods and personal effects, destruction of vehicles and transports etc.

It is worth noting that insurers of both vessels are in fact the same subjects, (P&I club, referring to a joint consortium of shipping companies), and then all damages paid in favor of the Concordia passengers are an objective parameter that must be taken into consideration both at the time of further negotiations in the case of Norman Atlantic, and also in the case of a winding-up on the outcome of the criminal trial, in course of establishment in Bari.

In NA criminal proceedings, the Public Prosecutor office of Bari is finalizing the unloading and disposal of all destroyed vehicles by the outside decks of the ship, and experts are concluding their investigations, aimed at identifying the causes of the fire, the propagation mode of management emergency.

So we trust that soon there will be an acceleration in both the criminal proceedings in the possible negotiations in the accident of Norman Atlantic, which remains one of the largest in recent years in the Mediterranean.

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Costa Concordia and punitive damages

Costa Concordia and punitive damages

Come noto la sentenza di appello nel processo penale sul naufragio della Costa Concordia ha recentemente confermato la condanna del comandante Francesco Schettino a 16 anni di reclusione. Il nostro team legale ha partecipato sia dall’inizio a questo processo, rappresentando gli interessi di un centinaio di passeggeri e di una delle vittime, attraverso la costituzione di parte civile e la richiesta di una liquidazione risarcitorio già in sede penale da parte del tribunale di Grosseto prima, e della Corte d’appello di Firenze poi.Il nostro lavoro, però, si è incentrato anche e sopratutto in direzione dell’accertamento dei fatti, dell’accertamento della verità e della individuazione di TUTTE le responsabilità che, oltre quelle innegabili, oggettive e soggettive, del Comandante, hanno preparato il terreno al realizzi della tragedia, ed in particolare quelle della compagnia di navigazione per via dei tanti malfunzionamenti, della impreparazione dell’equipaggio, della mancata richiesta immediata dei rimorchiatori e della criminale gestione della emergenza, il tutto diffusamente legato ad una consolidata politica di risparmio da parte di Costa Crociere, e più in generale delle compagnie di navigazione delle grandi navi.

In primo grado i nostri clienti, che non hanno accettato la offerta di pagamento della società di 11mila euro (accettando la quale in moltissimi altri passeggeri, invece, hanno purtroppo rinunciato ad ogni ulteriore pretesa e diritto) hanno ottenuto la condanna di Costa Crociere al pagamento di una provvisionale sui risarcimenti, variabile tra 30mila e 50 mila euro per ciascun passeggero. In Appello tutti i risarcimenti sono stati aumentati di circa 15 mila euro, portando le provvisionali dai 45mila a 65 mila euro per ciascun passeggero. Fino a sei volte la offerta originaria, accettata dalla maggior parte degli altri passeggeri!

Riguardo ai danni punitivi, proseguiamo in Cassazione, visto che nel nostro paese si sono avuti molti riconoscimenti di questa particolare forma di condanna in presenza di colpa grave, e che le Sezioni Unite sono state recentemente chiamate a pronunciarsi al riguardo.

 Al riguardo non possiamo non evidenziare che la sentenza sulla Concordia ed i positivi risultati ottenuti nel processo penale non può che riflettersi anche sul caso del Norman Atlantic, in quanto i parametri di liquidazione del danno da parte dei giudici, hanno tenuto conto sostanzialmente della sussistenza di un danno psicologico, in termini di disturbo da stress post traumatico (ptsd), derivante dalla partecipazione dei nostri clienti ad una esperienza traumatica che ha lasciato segni indelebili nella loro vita.

Conoscendo nel dettaglio la storia personale vissuta a bordo del Norman Atlantic da parte dei tanti clienti che assistiamo anche in questo disastro navale, siamo in grado di affermare senza ombra di dubbio che la loro esperienza a bordo del traghetto in fiamme è stata estremamente più forte di quella vissuta a bordo della Concordia, sia in termini di durata (fino a due giorni) che di intensità fisica e psicologica (esposizione a condizioni psicofisiche estreme, intossicazione dai fumi, mancata assistenza a bordo etc.) ed infine maggiori danni patrimoniali in caso di perdita di tutti i beni ed effetti personali, distruzione degli automezzi e trasporti etc.

Vale la pena evidenziare che gli assicuratori di entrambe le navi sono di fatto gli stessi, riferibili ad un consorzio solidale tra compagnie di navigazione, e quindi i danni liquidati in favore dei passeggeri della Concordia costituiscono un parametro che dovrà essere preso in considerazione tanto in sede di ulteriori trattative per il caso del Norman Atlantic, che nel caso di una liquidazione ad esito del processo penale in corso di instaurazione a Bari.

 Nel procedimento penale, la Procura di Bari sta tuttora ultimando allo scarico e smaltimento degli automezzi distrutti dai ponti esterni della nave, ed i periti stanno concludendo le loro attività di indagine, volte alla individuazione delle cause dell’incendio, modalità di propagazione di gestione della emergenza.

 Confidiamo quindi che a breve ci sarà una accelerazione sia nel procedimento penale che nelle possibili trattative nell’incidente del Norman Atlantic, che resta uno dei più gravi degli ultimi anni nel mediterraneo.

A bordo del Norman Atlantic – 12 giugno 2015

Avv. Massimiliano Gabrielli a bordo del norman atlantic Friday the 12th of June 2015, together with the experts appointed by the Criminal Court of Bari, consultants of parties in disputes and my colleagues, we did the first official site inspection on the ship Norman Atlantic, burned down December 28, 2014 off the coast of Albania, while on its way from Greece to Italy. The ship is being sealed in custody for over six months, and after being towed from Tirana to Brindisi, and then to Bari, has been moored in the cruise dock of Bari port. Inside, remained the cars and trucks carrying the goods and all the belongings of the passengers, escaped from death, unfortunately not all, on board of the helicopters and with the few ferry’s means of saving. Everything that was not carbonized by the fire, which reached temperatures above 900 Celsius degrees (it melted aluminum wheels of the cars), has rotted under the heat of the sun; in the enclosed decks to reach the main brigde, we walked in total darkness between smelly sewage, fumes of dioxin, deformed walls, insects and rusty irons, in high danger conditions.

Foto 12-06-15 08 48 11Once we reached the higher opened deck, where passengers found refuge and were trapped for nearly three days in extreme weather surroundings (7-8 sea force, with waves of six meters and freezing winds over 50 km/h) and dreadful psycho-physical conditions, caught between the fire beneath them – melting the soles of their shoes, and the jets of icy water sprayed from the tug boats, we realized perfectly that these ships are death traps from which, in the event of a real emergency, it is impossible to escape. To save more than 500 persons on board were present only two lifeboats and some inflatable liferaft, to be reached sliding in a tube along the 25 meters of the ship’s side, adrift and on fire. Too bad that the red hot steel flank and flames melted the tube, and a man remained stuck inside, while on starboard side, the lifeboat and the tube were reduced to ashes even before they could be prepared for disembarking.

ponet esterno norman atlanticBeyond the technical aspects, regarding the investigations about the causes of the fire, on the ship’s malfunction and the behavior of the crew in the early stages of the emergency, the inspection of the ship has been helpful for us lawyers to better understand the tragedy experienced by our clients. Compared to the inspection on board of the Costa Concordia, which offered us, at distance of two years from the wreck, a kind of immediate snapshot of the moment when the passengers left everything and fled through the giant ship that ended up half under water – which is why I defined it as a modern Pompeii, on the upper deck of the Norman Atlantic we had the feeling of endless time of waiting for help, we found objects that passengers have used for the days in which they were trapped on board, the notebook with the drawings used to keep the kids occupied, blankets, a few bottles of water, bags and shoes of women, abandoned since then; everything else, in passenger’s cabins and lower decks, was reduced to ashes or buried inside the rusty carcasses of burned cars and trucks, along with the bodies of other passengers and clandestine still missing.

The shipping company has requested to delete the logo ANEK LINES from the side of the ship, considered embarrassing and damaging to their commercial image. Certainly it would also like to erase the memory of the tragedy and of the dead, but this will not happen. We lawyers of the victims are here for this, and after this strong experience we will know how to make it even better. The trial will bring light on the ferry industry, ships of shame, and on responsibilities for malfunctions, which are to be found also in the too easy system of controls on ships by the relevant authorities.

Avv. Massimiliano Gabrielli


Foto 12-06-15 09 56 20Il 12 giugno con i miei colleghi di Giustizia per la Concordia, Alessandra Guarini e Massimiliano Gabrielli, sono salito a bordo di quello che resta del Norman Atlantic per eseguire coi periti incaricati dal Tribunale e con i consulenti delle parti il primo sopralluogo sulle condizioni della nave. Siamo entrati da un passaggio – il c.d. accesso del pilota – che dalla fiancata sinistra della nave permette di attraversare una parte del ponte 1 per poi accedere ai ponti superiori con una delle scale posizionate all’interno dei ponti carico. Immediatamente entrati siamo letteralmente assaliti da un fetore indescrivibile di fumo, di putredine e di carburante che ti entra nel naso e in gola nonostante le mascherine che tutti noi portiamo.

Foto 12-06-15 10 04 25Il buio all’interno é totale e ci si può muovere solo usando torce elettriche che ognuno di noi porta con se… nonostante le torce il percorso é veramente pericolosissimo perché camminiamo attraverso carcasse contorte di camion completamente bruciati e gli spazi sono assolutamente angusti. Non solo: il pavimento é esso stesso contorto per essere stato deformato dal calore, scivoloso per essere ricoperto di poltiglia di olio e carburante e acqua e comunque disseminato di detriti metallici. Si sentono anche le mosche, tante, grosse, che ti seguono ovunque in quei meandri bui e rumori di ferraglia che si muove, scricchiola, e si intravvede qualche piccolo animale che scappa al nostro arrivo. Il percorso che ci viene indicato dai militari della guardia costiera che ci accompagnano é assolutamente caotico e si ha l’impressione che nemmeno loro sappiano effettivamente quale strada pigliare tanto che alcune delle persone che mi precedevano prenderanno una strada diversa da quella che il militare che avevo più vicino mi indicava.

Foto 12-06-15 09 35 16Finalmente, dopo avere salito due ponti attraverso scale buie e scivolose dove tutto era coperto da viscidume e dal nero fumo che permea quasi del tutto l’interno della Norman, spuntiamo in uno spazio aperto dove vediamo direttamente le condizioni del ponte e delle auto che erano state li posteggiate: il pavimento, come all’interno, é tutto contorto per il calore che si era sviluppato e la vernice che lo ricopriva é bruciata così che é quasi tutto color ruggine. Le auto sono solo degli scheletri e addirittura vediamo che i cerchioni si sono completamente fusi…uno dei consulenti che erano con noi ci dice che l’alluminio fonde a 900 gradi! Questa, dunque, é la temperatura infernale che almeno è stata raggiunta, addirittura all’aperto! Curiosamente – ci dicono che sarebbe dipeso dallo sbandamento che comunque la nave ha subito – le carcasse delle auto si sono ammassate tutte verso il lato dritto della nave. In maniera inspiegabile vediamo due auto – una Porsche e una Volvo – targate Grecia – sul ponte all’aperto, posizionate sul lato sinistro, che si sono salvate senza apparentemente subire alcun danno.

Foto 12-06-15 09 37 02Sempre sul lato a dritta possiamo vedere quello che rimane delle due scialuppe di salvataggio che non sono state calate a mare (l’incendio si era sviluppato da quella parte e evidentemente non fu possibile sbracciarle): non esistono più, sono completamente polverizzate e inspiegabilmente vediamo all’interno di esse ancora intatte le buste delle razioni di emergenza. Fortunatamente riusciamo a salire al ponte quattro e al cinque senza la necessità di dover rientrare nel ventre nero delle nave: dall’esterno per essere tutte le vetrate esplose per il calore si vedono comunque i resti dei saloni interni che risultano completamente carbonizzati. L’odore tremendo che esce da quelle sale fa presumere che lá ci possano ancora essere dei resti umani.

Foto 12-06-15 10 57 28Accediamo alla plancia di comando dove troviamo un ambiente che, salvo la parte centrale adiacente alla safety room che risulta del tutto bruciata (e anche il soffitto li é deformato dal calore), é cristallizzata ai momenti concitati dell’emergenza. Con Alessandra e Massimiliano ci aggiriamo attoniti in quel l’ambiente che ci ricorda drammaticamente il nostro accesso al ponte di comando della Concordia: lo stesso abbandono e lo stesso senso di tragedia che abbiamo respirato anche lá. Carte buttate ovunque, telefoni abbandonati, sediole rovesciate, il caos di chi evidentemente non ha potuto o saputo dominare quello che stava accadendo.

Foto 12-06-15 09 21 59Dal punto di vista tecnico pare di intendere che i periti e i consulenti siano orientati a ritenere che la causa dell’incendio sia da attribuire ad un camion che trasportava derrate alimentari e che non era stato attaccato alla rete elettrica di bordo…il perché é facile da intuire: troppi camion e autobus erano stati stipati contemporaneamente sul Norman e non c’era più abbastanza spazio per poter fare attaccare alla rete di bordo tutti quanti così causandosi il pericolo di scintille dai motori accesi che avrebbero potuto innescare il focolaio di un incendio. Altro punto da verificarsi é perché gli impianti antincendio non lo abbiano spento: i tecnici stanno verificando che i serbatoi del diesel che alimenta il DGE e l’impianto sono praticamente pieni. Ciò segnala che non sarebbero stati utilizzati fino in fondo e quindi rimane da capire se sia stata una scelta cosciente quella di evitare di usare gli impianti o se invece non abbiano funzionato e perché.

A noi rimane quel senso di orrore per quello che abbiamo veduto, mischiato all’umana pietá per quelli, tutti, che hanno avuto la sfortuna di essere a bordo di quella trappola mortale che non solo é stata usata per evidentemente potersi ottenere il massimo profitto possibile (ed eccessivo) dal carico di troppi automezzi stipati all’inverosimile ma che nemmeno ha funzionato nei propri sistemi di emergenza essenziali per carenze tecniche e per la palese impreparazione del personale di bordo che, oltretutto, si é macchiato della colpa peggiore di avere abbandonato al proprio destino le persone a loro affidate. Cercheremo di fare luce su tutte le manchevolezze, le colpe e le impreparazioni che si sono verificate per amore di verità e per sete di Giustizia, Giustizia per il Norman Atlantic. Con ancora nelle narici e in gola l’odore della morte che promana da quel girone infernale che é stato il Norman.

Cesare G. Bulgheroni


avvocati Alessandra Guarini, Cesare Bulgheroni e Massimiliano GabrielliIl sopralluogo è stato difficile e pericoloso. Siamo saliti al buio, passando attraverso le carcasse bruciate dei tanti mezzi stipati a bordo, in spazi angusti e pericolanti. Abbiamo tutti immediatamente compreso che il carico era eccessivo! L’aria era irrespirabile ed insalubre! Ogni parte della nave è deformata dalle fiamme e le superfici sono sconnesse e scivolose. Con i periti e i consulenti abbiamo cercato ogni elemento utile a ricostruire le cause dell’incendio e del perché i dispositivi di sicurezza non abbiano funzionato. Rimane il “mistero” della scatola nera e dei dati mancanti: il disco interno recuperato dalla nave é bruciato mentre quello esterno, contenuto nella capsula galleggiante, é stato oggetto di una attività di lettura nella fase delle indagini, eseguita senza che venisse fatta una copia forense e con conseguente alterazione dell’originale. Ad oggi mancano proprio i files audio, fondamentali per ricostruire quanto accaduto a bordo la notte dell’incendio! Per questo abbiamo chiesto ai periti di verificare ogni circostanza utile ad escludere eventuali manomissioni.

Foto 12-06-15 09 41 52Ho visto molto orrore dentro quella nave completamente divorata dalle fiamme. Ho visto sul ponte più alto le paratie dove per giorni hanno trovato riparo i naufraghi in attesa dei soccorsi. Ho visto gli zaini dei bambini, i blocchi e le matite usati per distrarli dalla tragedia che stavano vivendo. Siamo rimasti stupiti della richiesta della società Anek Line di cancellare il logo ancora visibile sul fianco del relitto per evitare pubblicità negativa, visto che proprio davanti a quel molo attraccano le grandi navi da Crociera! Ma non riusciranno a cancellare la memoria della tragedia e delle vittime!  L’avv. Massimiliano Gabrielli, l’Avv. Cesare Bukgheroni ed io del legal team “Giustizia per il Norman Atlantic” non dimenticheremo i passeggeri e nemmeno ciò che abbiamo visto e respirato tra quelle lamiere contorte. Staremo a fianco delle vittime affinché la verità sia accertata e i colpevoli puniti!

Avv. Alessandra Guarini


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Fuego en el ferry “SORRENTO” a Palma de Mallorca: Servicio de ayuda a los pasajeros

imagen-del-ferry-sorrento-palma-de-mallorcaUn nuevo incendio en otro ferry con bandera italiana ha sucedido hoy 04/28/2015 en las cercanías de Palma de Mallorca, exactamente cuatro meses después de la tragedia del Norman Atlantic del 28/12/2014: el ferry “Sorrento“, de la misma clase y capacidad, el mismo proyecto de construcción y con el mismo incidente de fuego a bordo que se extendió por todo el barco, pero esta vez parece afortunadamente sin pérdida de vidas y lesiones graves. El fuego se produjo poco después de la salida del puerto español de Palma de Mallorca en la mañana de hoy; el ferry de bandera italiana (propiedad del armador italiano Grimaldi Lines) fue fletado por Transmediterránea española.

Dada la gravedad de la situación que se desarrolló inmediatamente a bordo, se decidió a abandonar el barco. El Ministerio de Fomento español dijo que el capitán no quería inicialmente evacuar el ferry pero los pasajeros y la tripulación, finalmente abandonaron el barco en llamas en los botes salvavidas.

Todos los pasajeros y miembros de la tripulación fueron rescatados por otras embarcaciones en la zona, incluyendo el buque italiano “Puglia” propiedad de la Tirrenia, alquilado a la empresa española Balearia.

exterior_sorrentoEl incendiose produjo como en el Atlantic Norman, en el garaje, en la cuarta cubierta del ferry y luego se ha extendido a otras áreas de la nave. A bordo iban la tripulación compuesta por 45 personas y 160 pasajeros, incluyendo 14 italianos, además de la carga de automóviles y camiones. La operación de rescate, que involucró a numerosos barcos, tuvo lugar en aguas españolas y fue coordinada por la Guardia Costera, con la ayuda de la Guardia Costera italiana, como un buque de bandera italiana.

sorrento-incendio-grimaldiLos pasajeros pueden confiar en nuestro pull legal para reclamar daños y perjuicios de inmediato, para encontrar la mejor opción y en acciones legales pertinentes (civil y/o penal) y recibir la mejor atención para las acciones de Derecho Marítimo.

Le sugerimos en este momento la mejor marera de proceder, no sólo con una breve guía sobre cómo y cuándo hacer una reclamación, pero la forma de obtener la compensación máxima, y un pequeño manual a seguir, dada la gran experiencia en desastres marítimos siguiente el naufragio de la Costa Concordia Atlántico y la Norman:

QUÉ HACER, algunas sugerencias preliminares:

  • Haga una lista de sus bienes (joyas, equipos electrónicos, dinero, ropa, etc ..) perdidos en el naufragio.
  • Recuperar documentos de viaje (correo electrónico bono, agencias de viajes, etc ..) y documento con los gastos incurridos por los viajes y para la repatriación.
  • Para aquellos que han sufrido lesiones guardar copias de los certificados médicos y gastos, sin embargo, en el momento de vuelta a casa valorar la posibilidad de acudir a su médico para valorar su estado de ansiedad y el estrés psicológico como trastorno de estrés postraumático o “trastorno de estrés postraumático”.
  • Póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina para que se pueda enviar al instante y de forma totalmente gratuita primera carta para la solicitud daños y perjuicios a la Compañía Cruceros (la llamada carta de acción legal), que rompe cualquier prescripción (no hay 10 días como usted puede haber oído en las noticias de televisión, pero es preferible enviar tan pronto como sea posible la notificación de sus daños con el fin de efectuar los intereses legales).
  • En caso de lesiones se deberá formalizar las pertinentes acciones legales penales y presentar una queja dentro de los tres meses después del hecho (recomendado).
  • No firme ningún formulario de reembolso o el papel de las empresas Líneas Grimaldi o Tansmediterranea.

Todo el procedimiento con nuestros abogados se realizará online, sin necesidad de desplazarse físicamente a nuestras oficinas, a través de conexiones de correo electrónico y vídeo web, o si lo prefiere mediante reunión presencial con nuestros abogados en las principales ciudades de España, o en nuestras oficinas en Milán, Roma o Fiumicino o la mayoría de las ciudades italianas.

SOBRE NOSOTROS: Somos un grupo de abogados, expertos en desastres marítimos, como el caso del Costa Concordia donde hemos sido referentes entre las partes civiles en el juicio por el naufragio del Costa Concordia, en el que todavía estamos inmersos en la defensa de un grupo de un centenar de pasajeros en el procedimiento penal contra Francesco Schettino, en el juicio que se ejecuta en el fuego Norman Atlantic fuera de las costas griegas, y somos los representantes de las partes civiles, desde las primeras etapas de las investigaciones en todos las principales causas penales italianas relacionadas con intereses comunes a las víctimas de lesiones personales (justicia para las víctimas del amianto), o por la pérdida financiera de números de masa (la justicia para las víctimas de los seguros EFS crack), como en muchos otros pasos procesales para proteger a las víctimas de desastres en masa y daños de serie.

IMG_6571QUÉ ESTAMOS HACIENDO: como en el caso de Norton Atlantic, en relación con las reclamaciones civiles de daños y perjuicios, ya hemos iniciado los trámites para solicitar una indemnización por todos los pasajeros del ferry que ya estamos asistiendo – el envío de solicitudes formales de indemnización para cada uno de los supervivientes, mientras que desde el punto de investigación y proceso penal, vamos a presentar de inmediato un primer grupo de quejas ante el Ministerio Público en Grecia, con peticiones para apoderarse de los activos y bienes de las dos empresas involucradas, líneas Grimaldi y Transmediterránea, con garantía la indemnización por daños y perjuicios a nuestros clientes. Somos los únicos abogados, hasta la fecha, que ha propuesto en el caso de Norman Atlantic al Ministerio Público esta importante medida de protección, para futuras compensaciones de las víctimas, en caso de que las compañías de seguros, por cualquier razón, trataran de rechazar pagar. Es, obviamente, fundamental para tener la máxima adhesión posible de pasajeros, para dar por un lado un mayor impulso a nuestra solicitud de embargo de bienes de las empresas, y por otra parte para poder – de esta manera – garantizar la cobertura a través de la incautación de activos y a través de nuestras iniciativas en su favor.

QUÉ DEBE HACER PARA SOLICITAR UNA COMPENSACIÓN DE DAÑOS: se deberá acreditar que estaba a bordo de la nave Sorrento por medio de las tarjetas de embarque de Transmediterránea o mediante la prueba de su presencia a bordo de uno de los barcos o helicópteros de rescate. Además, deberá acreditar todos los gastos soportados por el incidente, así como los certificados médicos y/o un certificado del psicólogo-psiquiatra sobre el estado de ansiedad y de estrés postraumático (si existe), preferiblemente de un instituto público médico. El plazo para presentar una denuncia penal es de 90 días desde el momento del suceso, pero sería conveniente iniciar inmediatamente las acciones pertinentes mediante el envío de una carta solicitando daños y las denuncias penales. NOTA QUE EL PLAZO PARA PRESENTAR LA QUEJA ES 90 DÍAS A PARTIR DEL SUCESO.

QUÉ OFRECEMOS: el pool legal de “Justicia para el Norman Atlantic” le ofrece asistencia jurídica no sólo para obtener la máxima indemnización, a través de nuestro equipo de abogados expertos. Es necesario tener en cuenta el procedimiento implicará algunos asuntos muy peculiares, las leyes marítimas y de la conexión con el crimen investigaciones: como consecuencia del delito, intencional o no, el seguro y las empresas involucradas pueden negarse a pagar, hasta el final de la fase de investigación, a no ser que se vean forzados a través de quejas y acciones de incautación. La opción caso civil, que algunos bufete de abogados griego sugiere, es en este momento el camino más desconocido, por calendario y los resultados. Contamos con una experiencia específica en desastres marítimos y de masas, como el del Concordia, y por esta razón estamos muy confiados en nuestras posibilidades y en las opciones para obtener mejores resultados de nuestros clientes.

CUÁLES SON LOS GASTOS LEGALES: trabajamos en un método transparente y muy, no será necesaria una provisión de fondos y será a coste cero para los clientes. El sistema de pago se realizará por medio de pacto sobre la cantidad que se obtenga por nuestras gestiones. La asistencia cubre por completo todas las fases del procedimiento desde la parte extrajudicial hasta la judicial si fuera necesaria.

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sorrento-incendio-grimaldiENGLISH: A new fire on another ferry flying the Italian flag happened today 04/28/2015 off Palma de Mallorca, exactly four months after the tragedy of the Norman Atlantic  28/12/2014: the ferry “Sorrento“, the same class of ro-ro pax, the same construction project and the same fire extended throughout the ferry but this time seems fortunately without loss of life and serious injuries. broke out in the morning the fire on board Sorrento Italian flag (property of the italian shipowner Grimaldi Lines), chartered to the Spanish Transmediterranea shortly after departure from the Spanish port of Palma de Mallorca.

Given the gravity of the situation which developed immediately on board, it was decided to abandon ship. The Spanish Ministry of Works said the captain did not initially want to evacuate the ferry but passengers and crew eventually left the burning boat in lifeboats.

All passengers and crew members were rescued by other ships discovered in the area, including the Italian ship “Puglia” Tirrenia owned, leased to the Spanish company Balearia.

exterior_sorrentoThe fire broke out juast as happened on the Norman Atlantic, in the garage, on the 4th deck of the ferry and has then expanded to other areas of the ship. Onboard were the crew of 45 people and 160 passengers, including 14 Italians, in addition to the load of cars and trucks. The rescue operation, which involved numerous ships, took place in Spanish waters and was coordinated from Madrid Iberian Coast Guard, with the help from Rome of the Italian Coast Guard, as the vessel flies the Italian flag.

Passengers can rely on our legal pool to claim damages immediately, to find the right choice and on legal action to be activated (civil and/or criminal) and receive the best care for the Maritime law actions.

We suggest you right now what to do, not only with a brief guide on how and when to make a claim, but how to get the maximum compensation, and a small handbook to follow, strong of the experience at the forefront of maritime disasters following the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia and Norman Atlantic:

WHAT TO DO, some early suggestions:

  1. Make a list of your goods (jewelry, electronic equipment, money, clothes, etc..) lost in the shipwreck.
  2. Retrieve travel documents (voucher email, travel agency etc..) and document any expenses incurred for travel and for repatriation.
  3. For those who have suffered injuries keep copies of medical certificates and expenses, however, as you get home go to your doctor for medical report of anxiety and psychological stress as PTSD or “post traumatic stress disorder”.
  4. Please contact our Law Agency office to send instantly and totally free of charge first letter for the damages request, to the Cruises Company (so-called letter of legal action), which breaks any prescription (there are not 10 days as you might have heard on Tv news, but it is preferable to send as soon as possible notice of your damages in order to effect the legal interests).
  5. In case of injury this shall be subject to criminal legal action and file a complaint within three months after the fact (recommended).
  6. Do not sign any reimbursement form or paper from the Grimaldi or Tansmediterranea lines companies
  7.  The whole procedure with our office will take place online, without the need to physically visit our Offices, via email and web video connections, or if you prefer by making an appointment in major cities of Spain, or at our offices in Milano, Rome or Fiumicino or most of Italian cities.

We have activated a BLOG WITH ALL THE WRECK INFO & NEWS and a Chatline for advice on compensation for Sorrento wreck


ABOUT US: We are a group of lawyers, experts in Ship & mass disaster, as pool “Giustizia per la Concordia” we have been leaders among the civil parties in the crime trial for the shipwreck of Costa Concordia, in which we are still engaged in defending a group of about one hundred passengers in hearings against Francesco Schettino, in the trial running on the Norman Atlantic fire out of the Greek coasts, and we are, as civil parties and prominent leaders, from the early stages of investigations in all Italian major criminal cases involving common interests to victims of personal injury (justice for asbestos victims) or for financial loss of mass numbers (justice for victims of crack SAI insurance), as in many other procedural steps to protect victims of mass disaster and serial damages.

IMG_6571WHAT WE ARE DOING: as in the Norton Atlantic case, on the side of the civil requests of damages, we have already initiated procedures to request compensation for all passengers of the ferry that we are already assisting – sending formal requests for compensation for each of the survivors, while from the criminal investigation & trial point of view, we will immediately  file a first group of complaints to the Public Prosecutor in Greece, with requests to seize assets and goods of the two Companies involved, Grimaldi lines and Transmediterranea, to guarantee the compensation for damages to our clients. We are the only lawyers, up to the date, to have proposed in the Norman Atlantic case to the Public Prosecutor this important protection measure, for the victim’s future compensations, in the event that the insurance companies, for whatever reason, would try to refuse to pay. It is obviously fundamental to have the maximum possible adhesion from passengers,  to give on one hand greater impetus to our request to seize Companies’ assets, and in the other hand to be able – in this way – to ensure coverage through the seizure of assets  and trough our other initiatives in your favor. Check our LATEST NEWS from the top menu.

WHAT YOU NEED TO ACT FOR DAMAGE COMPENSATION: as the passengers list might be incomplete, you must be able to demonstrate that you were onboard of the Sorrento ship: even without the coupon ticket of Transmediterranea, it could be sufficient to prove your presence on board of one of the ships or helicopters that have rescued passengers; please keep all the receipts of the expenses you paid and need to pay and the medical certificates, please record the transfer and any further expenses in which you incurred to return home and to get medical opinions and visits; get yourself a certificate of a medical psychologist-psychiatrist about the state of anxiety and post traumatic stress (if present), preferably from a public medic institute. The time limit to file a  criminal complaint is of 90 days from the  moment of the sinking, but you should immediately start actions, sending a letter requesting damages and proposing our criminal complaints files. NOTE THAT THE TERM TO FILE A COMPLAINT IS 90 DAYS FROM THE FACT. 

WHAT WE PROVIDE YOU: the pool of “Giustizia per il Norman Atlantic” offers you a global and 360° legal assistance not only to get the maximum compensation, through our team of experienced attorneys with law firms present on virtually the entire territory in Italy, but we  also provided help to single survivors and groups of them to get back home forcing Anek Lines to ensure and pay for returns, and refund the costs of first needs, and we are providing more and more passengers informations and assistance to take a decision. We offer a full package of trust, even giving you the chance to get, for the forensic final report, the technical opinion of Prof. Giovanni De Girolamo, who is the leading expert of PTSD in Italy, already our consultant in the Costa Concordia’s case  and one of the experts appointed by our Ministries in catastrophic events such as Chernobyl, who will provide and examine the psychological consequences as a result of your participation in a highly traumatic experience such as the burning of the Sorrento or the Norman Atlantic and and being for 72 hours on top board, in harsh physical conditions, in order to relate effectively and targeting to be compensated in the right measure. Please note, You should consider that the compensation issue will involve some very peculiar matters, as maritime laws and connecting it to the crime investigations: as a result of a crime, intentional or not, the insurance and the involved companies might refuse to pay, until the end of the investigation phase, unless we push them through complaints and seizure actions. Not all the lawyers will be able to handle the case properly, and you should consider that Italy has the jurisdiction on the criminal procedure, so you might end up doubling the costs for an italian and uk/greece firm. The civil case option, that some greek law firm is suggesting, is at the moment the most unknown path, for timing and results. We have a specific experience on maritime & mass disaster, such as Concordia Shipwreck, and for this reason we are very confident on our means and on possibile choices for our client’s best results.

WHAT ARE THE LEGAL COSTS: we operate in a very clear and absolute transparent method, there is no need of any anticipated payment and we carry out the assistance without requesting any retainer and with zero costs for the Clients, the only expense that remains on your side is for medical certificates; obviously our lawyers do not work for free; the payment system is regulated as a contingency fees’ pact that predicts to leave to lawyers for their assistance a percentage of the amounts that will be earned as compensation in your favor.  For this case it is the best possible, virtuous and beneficial deal for the victims of the tragedy, since, without having to anticipate any expense or risk to pay thousands of euro in fees for legal actions, our lawyers will have to work to get the possible maximum compensations in your interest in the shortest time as possible. The assistance of our pool covers entirely any cost either for the phase out of court (letters and notices damages, negotiations, meetings, transactions, etc.) and either the actions that we are promoting and we intend to promote on behalf of all of our Clients (complaints, request for seizure, represent you as civil part in the criminal trial etc. etc.).

The whole procedure of transmission of documents and updates will be predominantly ONLINE through the blog, without the need to physically visit our Offices, or via email and web videoconferences, or by setting a traditional telephone call or in person at one of our offices, virtually across Italy entirely, or in Greece or in Albany.

We opened a helpline and a web forum for passengers to exchange informations and advices on the possible compensations in regard of the shipwreck – fire Norman Atlantic

Contact us by phone or email now, NO COMMITMENT OF EXPENSES, free consultation, immediate responses of our lawyers, FULL ENGLISH SPOKENSPANISH, Greek and Albanian lawyers available.

  • Help line 24/h                        +39 340 2602504
  • email                                     info@agenzialegale.net
  • Fiumicino (operative office)           +39 06 89019172
  • Roma                                               (Avv. Massimiliano Gabrielli)
  • Milano                                             (Avv. Cesare Bulgheroni)
  • Biella                                               (Avv. Alessandra Guarini)
  • Spain                                               (Avv. Luis Felipe Garcia)

Fire of the “SORRENTO” ferry: HELPLINE for passengers

sorrento-incendio-grimaldiA new fire on another ferry flying the Italian flag happened today 04/28/2015 off Palma de Mallorca, exactly four months after the tragedy of the Norman Atlantic  28/12/2014: the ferry “Sorrento“, the same class of ro-ro pax, the same construction project and the same fire extended throughout the ferry but this time seems fortunately without loss of life and serious injuries. broke out in the morning the fire on board Sorrento Italian flag (property of the italian shipowner Grimaldi Lines), chartered to the Spanish Transmediterranea shortly after departure from the Spanish port of Palma de Mallorca.

Given the gravity of the situation which developed immediately on board, it was decided to abandon ship. The Spanish Ministry of Works said the captain did not initially want to evacuate the ferry but passengers and crew eventually left the burning boat in lifeboats.

All passengers and crew members were rescued by other ships discovered in the area, including the Italian ship “Puglia” Tirrenia owned, leased to the Spanish company Balearia.

exterior_sorrentoThe fire broke out juast as happened on the Norman Atlantic, in the garage, on the 4th deck of the ferry and has then expanded to other areas of the ship. Onboard were the crew of 45 people and 160 passengers, including 14 Italians, in addition to the load of cars and trucks. The rescue operation, which involved numerous ships, took place in Spanish waters and was coordinated from Madrid Iberian Coast Guard, with the help from Rome of the Italian Coast Guard, as the vessel flies the Italian flag.

Passengers can rely on our legal pool to claim damages immediately, to find the right choice and on legal action to be activated (civil and/or criminal) and receive the best care for the Maritime law actions.

We suggest you right now what to do, not only with a brief guide on how and when to make a claim, but how to get the maximum compensation, and a small handbook to follow, strong of the experience at the forefront of maritime disasters following the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia and Norman Atlantic:

WHAT TO DO, some early suggestions:

  1. Make a list of your goods (jewelry, electronic equipment, money, clothes, etc..) lost in the shipwreck.
  2. Retrieve travel documents (voucher email, travel agency etc..) and document any expenses incurred for travel and for repatriation.
  3. For those who have suffered injuries keep copies of medical certificates and expenses, however, as you get home go to your doctor for medical report of anxiety and psychological stress as PTSD or “post traumatic stress disorder”.
  4. Please contact our Law Agency office to send instantly and totally free of charge first letter for the damages request, to the Cruises Company (so-called letter of legal action), which breaks any prescription (there are not 10 days as you might have heard on Tv news, but it is preferable to send as soon as possible notice of your damages in order to effect the legal interests).
  5. In case of injury this shall be subject to criminal legal action and file a complaint within three months after the fact (recommended).
  6. Do not sign any reimbursement form or paper from the Grimaldi or Tansmediterranea lines companies
  7.  The whole procedure with our office will take place online, without the need to physically visit our Offices, via email and web video connections, or if you prefer by making an appointment in major cities of Spain, or at our offices in Milano, Rome or Fiumicino or most of Italian cities.

We have activated a BLOG WITH ALL THE WRECK INFO & NEWS and a Chatline for advice on compensation for Sorrento wreck


ABOUT US: We are a group of lawyers, experts in Ship & mass disaster, as pool “Giustizia per la Concordia” we have been leaders among the civil parties in the crime trial for the shipwreck of Costa Concordia, in which we are still engaged in defending a group of about one hundred passengers in hearings against Francesco Schettino, in the trial running on the Norman Atlantic fire out of the Greek coasts, and we are, as civil parties and prominent leaders, from the early stages of investigations in all Italian major criminal cases involving common interests to victims of personal injury (justice for asbestos victims) or for financial loss of mass numbers (justice for victims of crack SAI insurance), as in many other procedural steps to protect victims of mass disaster and serial damages.

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 WHAT WE ARE DOING: as in the Norton Atlantic case, on the side of the civil requests of damages, we have already initiated procedures to request compensation for all passengers of the ferry that we are already assisting – sending formal requests for compensation for each of the survivors, while from the criminal investigation & trial point of view, we will immediately  file a first group of complaints to the Public Prosecutor in Greece, with requests to seize assets and goods of the two Companies involved, Grimaldi lines and Transmediterranea, to guarantee the compensation for damages to our clients. We are the only lawyers, up to the date, to have proposed in the Norman Atlantic case to the Public Prosecutor this important protection measure, for the victim’s future compensations, in the event that the insurance companies, for whatever reason, would try to refuse to pay. It is obviously fundamental to have the maximum possible adhesion from passengers,  to give on one hand greater impetus to our request to seize Companies’ assets, and in the other hand to be able – in this way – to ensure coverage through the seizure of assets  and trough our other initiatives in your favor. Check our LATEST NEWS from the top menu.

WHAT YOU NEED TO ACT FOR DAMAGE COMPENSATION: as the passengers list might be incomplete, you must be able to demonstrate that you were onboard of the Sorrento ship: even without the coupon ticket of Transmediterranea, it could be sufficient to prove your presence on board of one of the ships or helicopters that have rescued passengers; please keep all the receipts of the expenses you paid and need to pay and the medical certificates, please record the transfer and any further expenses in which you incurred to return home and to get medical opinions and visits; get yourself a certificate of a medical psychologist-psychiatrist about the state of anxiety and post traumatic stress (if present), preferably from a public medic institute. The time limit to file a  criminal complaint is of 90 days from the  moment of the sinking, but you should immediately start actions, sending a letter requesting damages and proposing our criminal complaints files. NOTE THAT THE TERM TO FILE A COMPLAINT IS 90 DAYS FROM THE FACT. 

WHAT WE PROVIDE YOU: the pool of “Giustizia per il Norman Atlantic” offers you a global and 360° legal assistance not only to get the maximum compensation, through our team of experienced attorneys with law firms present on virtually the entire territory in Italy, but we  also provided help to single survivors and groups of them to get back home forcing Anek Lines to ensure and pay for returns, and refund the costs of first needs, and we are providing more and more passengers informations and assistance to take a decision. We offer a full package of trust, even giving you the chance to get, for the forensic final report, the technical opinion of Prof. Giovanni De Girolamo, who is the leading expert of PTSD in Italy, already our consultant in the Costa Concordia’s case  and one of the experts appointed by our Ministries in catastrophic events such as Chernobyl, who will provide and examine the psychological consequences as a result of your participation in a highly traumatic experience such as the burning of the Sorrento or the Norman Atlantic and and being for 72 hours on top board, in harsh physical conditions, in order to relate effectively and targeting to be compensated in the right measure. Please note, You should consider that the compensation issue will involve some very peculiar matters, as maritime laws and connecting it to the crime investigations: as a result of a crime, intentional or not, the insurance and the involved companies might refuse to pay, until the end of the investigation phase, unless we push them through complaints and seizure actions. Not all the lawyers will be able to handle the case properly, and you should consider that Italy has the jurisdiction on the criminal procedure, so you might end up doubling the costs for an italian and uk/greece firm. The civil case option, that some greek law firm is suggesting, is at the moment the most unknown path, for timing and results. We have a specific experience on maritime & mass disaster, such as Concordia Shipwreck, and for this reason we are very confident on our means and on possibile choices for our client’s best results.

WHAT ARE THE LEGAL COSTS: we operate in a very clear and absolute transparent method, there is no need of any anticipated payment and we carry out the assistance without requesting any retainer and with zero costs for the Clients, the only expense that remains on your side is for medical certificates; obviously our lawyers do not work for free; the payment system is regulated as a contingency fees’ pact that predicts to leave to lawyers for their assistance a percentage of the amounts that will be earned as compensation in your favor.  For this case it is the best possible, virtuous and beneficial deal for the victims of the tragedy, since, without having to anticipate any expense or risk to pay thousands of euro in fees for legal actions, our lawyers will have to work to get the possible maximum compensations in your interest in the shortest time as possible. The assistance of our pool covers entirely any cost either for the phase out of court (letters and notices damages, negotiations, meetings, transactions, etc.) and either the actions that we are promoting and we intend to promote on behalf of all of our Clients (complaints, request for seizure, represent you as civil part in the criminal trial etc. etc.).

The whole procedure of transmission of documents and updates will be predominantly ONLINE through the blog, without the need to physically visit our Offices, or via email and web videoconferences, or by setting a traditional telephone call or in person at one of our offices, virtually across Italy entirely, or in Greece or in Albany.

We opened a helpline and a web forum for passengers to exchange informations and advices on the possible compensations in regard of the shipwreck – fire Norman Atlantic

Contact us by phone or email now, NO COMMITMENT OF EXPENSES, free consultation, immediate responses of our lawyers, FULL ENGLISH SPOKENSPANISH, Greek and Albanian lawyers available.

  • Help line 24/h                        +39 340 2602504
  • email                                     info@agenzialegale.net
  • Fiumicino (operative office)           +39 06 89019172
  • Roma                                               (Avv. Massimiliano Gabrielli)
  • Milano                                             (Avv. Cesare Bulgheroni)
  • Biella                                               (Avv. Alessandra Guarini)
  • Spain                                               (Avv. Luis Felipe Garcia)