Legal recourse for people on disabled cruise ship
What actions can passenger take?
- Duration 4:24
- Date Feb 17, 2013
What actions can passenger take?
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Where it may is Mac -- and who what does wife was a passenger other carnival triumph.
He plans to -- carnival -- a class action lawsuit joins us from Oklahoma City.
And also with us -- away -- -- attorney.
All right Matt you were a marine.
How bad was it.
Conditions where we're pretty pretty bad everything you said so far is who is very accurate.
The beginning when the fire broke out at 5:30 in the morning.
Every scramble -- into -- Muster stations and really didn't.
What was going on -- they tell students -- did -- tell -- that there was a fire.
That and not initially but you could smell the smoke.
Bellowing through the hallways.
All right so.
What would do you think -- -- -- prepared for that even the possibility of this happening.
That's really why -- came on is because I don't think that's.
They were well prepared.
-- history shows.
That there are blatantly negligent to implement contingency plans to ensure passenger safety.
All right and if so what.
What happened to those individuals.
Who were you know in wheelchairs the elderly I understand that a woman tractor had an elderly.
Odd that a girl someone broke wrangle her foot was hanging from her leg I mean -- -- did did you see all this.
I did ice I saw the you know that I felt bad for -- for the -- young children the babies to.
You know we're on limited supply of diapers.
I I also heard that they were rationing out the diapers that they had on board.
The in the elderly were pretty much stock wherever.
-- -- -- And with no no way of getting getting anywhere in people would just bring him food.
-- -- There are right and that Michael wanted to go to you tell you that you represented Matt what is the basis of this claim and he can you really expect to recover given the fact that.
You know there is limited liability pursuant to the ticket.
Sure first good evening on a nice to see you things -- have me back.
And -- Matt and all of the people like him that 3000 passengers absolutely have a right to file a claim.
It's essentially your honor a combination of a negligent infliction of emotional distress claim in an intentional infliction of emotional distress claim.
And they're they're difficult and you look.
When you need to show you need to show physical injury don't -- for old people who suffered the stress of walking through this species encrusted carpets fighting over forward the mess.
That's emotional trauma is that is that recoverable.
And that it absolutely is -- and and you're you're.
Flat out correctly you're talking about the zone of danger test.
And in some jurisdictions it does require a physical manifestation.
And from what I've -- -- what I've seen and I think the evidence is ultimately gonna show from the facts.
But all these people have a right to recover under law for book negligent infliction of emotional -- and intentional infliction of emotional distress what what do you think this was intentional why why would you say intentional.
I do in judge I think you're hitting the nail on the head it was about putting profits over people's safety and the big thing being when they were a 150 miles away from Mexico.
They intentionally decided to go 500 miles away back to the United States for money so instead of giving these people off -- the ship they intentionally decided.
To drag -- across feet beyond the Gulf of Mexico for five grueling awful days and really -- -- subjected them to to these awful deplorable conditions.
And you know what would you add to the fact that for five extra days people had to plan.
-- weren't able to plan for babysitters pet sitters you know you get your checks stolen in the mail.
Odd you know you have to -- -- who -- -- -- losing weight penalty.
I mean you got a friend of the -- doesn't cover any of that.
None none of that it I've caught a lap -- one I think that's a valid statement and I and I know Matt feels the same way about it's really almost insulting.
Why does carnival gets arbitrarily pick a number out of thin air as to what they think it's fair for this the way that it should be -- and I know you believe this -- was a jury should ultimately decide.
How much is -- fair and just compensation for what it for exactly what was done by a great that he all right that.
Mad -- Michael thanks so much for being with us this evening.
And thank you are.