Costa Concordia Sinking: Woman Who Miscarried Suing For 1 Million Euros
The Italian woman who miscarried after suffering severe psychological trauma aboard the sinking cruise is now suing Costa Cruises for 1 million euros, claiming the terror of the evacuation and the resultant lifeboat escape triggered her miscarriage. The 30-year-old, identified only as Cristina M from Milan, is one of several passengers suing Costa for the horrific accident, which may have claimed as many as 32 lives. Reuters

The Italian woman who miscarried after being on board the sinking Costa Concordia last month is suing Costa Cruises for 1 million euros ($1,312,500 U.S.) in damages and compensation.

The 30-year-old, identified only as Cristina M from Milan, was five months pregnant when she and her husband got on the Costa Concordia on Jan. 13 for a week-long cruise through the Mediterranean.

But one week after the cruise ship was grounded off the Tuscan island of Giglio and its passengers forced to evacuate, Cristina M lost her child in a miscarriage. And she's looking to the owner of the luxury liner to pay for it.

'Material, Biological And Moral Injury'

Cristina M and her husband claim the terror and trauma of the Costa Concordia sinking caused her to miscarry her child, and according to The Sydney Morning Herald, her doctors agree with her assessment.

According to the Milanese woman's physicians, the intense psychological stress of the cruise ship evacuation was almost certainly exacerbated by an incident during the escape when her lifeboat smashed up against some rocks as it was being steered towards the shore.

Cristina and her husband, identified by The Daily Telegraph as a 40-year-old accountant, are using that testimony as a key part of their class action suit against Costa Cruises, the Genoa-based owners of the Costa Concordia.

In their official statement, they demand compensation for the material, biological and moral injury they both endured.

More Passengers Sue Costa Cruises

Nor are they alone in demanding satisfaction from the luxury liner company after the Costa Concordia sinking.

Costa Cruises has offered passengers a lump sum of 11,000 euros ($14,437.50) each in compensation, if they agree not to sue the company.

That deal has already been rejected, however, by a group of six who filed in the U.S. demanding $460 million in compensation.

A number of French tourists have filed in the French courts, while in Germany 19 passengers have so far filed against Captain Francesco Schettino, the man accused of sinking the Costa Concordia.

17 people have been confirmed dead so far in the Costa Concordia sinking. 15 are still missing from the tragic accident.

Captain Schettino is being blamed for the disaster. He is currently under house arrest.