This morning brings news of a cash offer for passengers from the grounded Costa Concordia. CNN reports that passengers are expected to receive a compensation lump sum of 11,000 euros ($14,400) each as a result of meetings that took place yesterday between Costa representatives and Italian consumer groups representing 3,206 people from 61 countries who were not hurt physically when the ship hit the reef.
In the agreement reported (not yet confirmed by the cruise line):
- The cash compensation will be paid to each passenger regardless of age and covers damage to and loss of property and any psychological distress suffered.
- The payout will also include reimbursement for the cost of the cruise and additional travel expenses.
- If the offer is accepted, passengers would not be able to sue the cruise line later.
- Costa will also set up a psychological counseling program for those passengers who request it.
- Separate agreements will be reached with those passengers who were injured and needed treatment at the scene, and with the families of those who died, the statement added.
The deal does not apply to the crew on the ship or about 100 cases of people injured or the families who lost loved ones.
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