Last week, an engine fire aboard the Carnival Triumph left its passengers frustrated and living in their own filth. Now, according to one maritime attorney, it is time for those stranded on the ship to fight for fair compensation. Michael Winkleman, an attorney at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, a martime law firm based in Miami, was interviewed by Fox News after the cruise ship finally reached Mobile, Ala. During the interview, the amount of compensation awarded by Carnival to each passenger was discussed. In his opinion, the $500 offered by Carnival to each passenger was not nearly enough, and suing was a reasonable option for those onboard. We agree. The fire broke out on February 10, the third day of a four day cruise. The ship did not dock in Mobile until Valentine's Day, and people did not get home until sometime over the weekend. Considering every passenger should have arrived home on February 11, and likely arrived home on February 16 or 17, that is four workdays they missed. $500 does not cover a week's worth of missing work. Especially when you realize the ship's toilets overflowed, there were multiple hour waits for food, and often times, the food the passengers received was spoiled. Now, it is true that Carnival paid for each traveler's expenses to get them safely home, refunded their money, and offered each passenger a free cruise. But for a business giant like Carnival, that is nothing more than a drop in the bucket. Altogether, the compensation per passenger comes out to around $1,000 in value. Since there were about 3,000 passengers onboard the Triumph, that's about $30,000 paid in compensation by the company. For reference, in the third fiscal quarter of 2012, the company reported earnings of approximately $4.7 billion. When you crunch the numbers, the total compensation given to the passengers aboard the Triumph does not come close to equaling one percent of the company's profit over a three month period. Therefore, it is easy to understand the passengers frustration, and their desire to sue. We would do the same thing if we were in their shoes.