Maritime Accidents

Maritime Accident Attorneys in New York City

Admiralty Law and Costa Concordia Lawsuit Information

Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, encompasses the group of laws that govern seagoing vessels and off-land property, including cruise ships, boats, submarines, yachts, and offshore oil rigs.  These laws establish the rights of workers on commercial vessels as well as the passengers who are invited onto these vessels.

The maritime accident attorneys of Proner & Proner handle the full range of cases resulting from accidents involving cruise ships and other seafaring vessels.  Most recently, Mitchell Proner joined with Italian consumer association Codacons and another American law firm to pursue legal action against the operators of the Costa Concordia.  The Costa Concordia ran aground on January 13, 2012, killing at least 17 of the more than 4,200 passengers aboard and injuring hundreds more.

If you or a member of your family was a passenger on the Costa Concordia when it ran aground off the Italian island of Giglio, please contact Proner & Proner immediately for important information about your legal rights.

For further information about the case, please visit the following pages on our website.  We will add vital information about Costa Concordia litigation to our website as it becomes available.

Costa Concordia Lawsuit Information

Update 2/14/2012: The law firm of Proner & Proner is highly experienced in filing both class-action and individual claims, having recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients in both types of litigation. After evaluating the legal issues surrounding a class action in this particular case, we feel that filing a class-action on behalf of victims of the Costa Concordia cruise ship accident is not in their best interests at this point. Instead, we have filed individual actions collectively out of the belief that approaching this case as a mass tort rather than a class action will result in the greatest likelihood of our clients receiving the most significant economic recovery possible.

Moment by moment, we are analyzing all of the variables that impact on this case, and as of now, we remain unconvinced that bringing a class action is the proper strategy to take on behalf of the Costa Concordia victims we are representing from all over the world. Our primary goal is to see that those passengers who have suffered so greatly as a result of this needless tragedy are able to obtain the full measure of damages to which they are entitled.

If you or someone you love was on board the Costa Concordia when the shipwreck occurred, it is imperative that you contact Proner & Proner immediately to ensure that your rights are protected.

Update 2/3/2012: If you were on board the Costa Concordia when it ran aground and are interested in filing an individual claim for damages, it is important that you contact Proner & Proner immediately.  Mitchell Proner has been at the forefront of Costa Concordia litigation and is in a unique position to make sure that your voice is heard and your rights are protected.  Please remember that time is of the essence in maritime accident cases.  You deserve to be properly compensated for your suffering, and we are here to make sure that you obtain the full measure of damages to which you are entitled.

Update 1/31/2012: On January 31, 2012, Mitchell Proner announced the details of a $460 million lawsuit filed on behalf of six of the passengers who were aboard the Costa Concordia when it ran aground.

In the case of the Costa Concordia accident, attorney Mitchell Proner has stated his intention to seek at least $160,000 on behalf of each of the passengers aboard the ship at the time of the wreck.  Those who were injured, as well as those with wrongful death claims, may be able to collect multiple times that amount.

Mitchell Proner Leading Litigation against Costa Cruise Lines

Mitchell Proner is joining forces with the Italian consumer association Codacons and another American law firm to file a class-action lawsuit against Costa Cruise Lines, the company that operates the Costa Concordia cruise ship.

Mitchell Proner to Appear on Italian Television

Mitchell Proner, who is leading the personal injury class-action lawsuit against the operators of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, appeared on Italian television (Rai 2) on Tuesday, January 24th.

General Maritime Law Information

From private yachts to offshore oil rigs, any seafaring vehicle or off-land piece of property is subject to the codes and regulations of maritime law.


Last year we recovered over $15 million for our clients. With that money, our clients are able to pay their medical bills. They are getting their lives back on track after serious injuries and they are holding to account the people who wrongfully injured them.


$1,100,000.00 - Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic

Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery

We understand motorcyclists because we ride


$5,100,000.00 - Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck

Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures.

$3,500,000.00 - Female, 33: Serious personal injury

Our client fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious at a New York City
subway station.
Injuries: Fractured skull, subsequent seizure disorder.

$4,300,000.00 - Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus

Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder.

$750,000.00 - Male, 35: Workers' compensation

Our client was changing a pump strainer on a hot air furnace when he stepped on a board and fell through the ceiling.
Injuries: Herniated disc which required surgery.