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About Attorney Brett Rivkind

About Attorney Brett Rivkind

“The World’s Leading Legal Authority On Maritime Law”
- The Irish Independent News


For over 40 years, Brett Rivkind has helped clients pursue maritime claims against negligent cruise ship companies, boat operators, and crew members. Attorney Rivkind has obtained record jury verdicts and arbitration awards, many in the millions of dollars. He has appeared on numerous television shows, had his cases covered in the national media, and is often consulted by other attorneys throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Brett was also invited to speak to Congress and recognized by Congress as a maritime expert on cruise ship safety and security. The testimony was part of the Congressional Hearings on cruise ship safety and security. The Congressional Hearings were prompted by publicity surrounding the disappearance of George Smith IV on his honeymoon cruise. Brett Rivkind was hired by the Smith family to pursue a case against the cruise line. The case received lots of attention as many wanted explanations as to how a man could disappear off a cruise ship during his honeymoon, and why the current law was not protecting cruise ship passengers.

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A History of Results

$6.3 Million

Back Injury

Cruise ship crew member from Haiti suffered a cumulative trauma disorder involving his back while performing his duties as a cleaner on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. He then was provided with negligent medical care treatment. The jury found the cruise line accountable. Verdict of 6.3 million.

$5,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$3,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$3.7 Million

Seaman Back Injury

Crew Member on tugboat injures back handling heavy lines. Verdict of $3.7 Million.

$3,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$2.9 Million

Cruise Ship Injury

Cabin Steward was struck in the knee by a heavy piece of luggage. Company failed to provide prompt, proper and adequate medical care and treatment resulting in an unsuccessful knee surgery which led to an unnecessary knee replacement surgery.

$2,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$2.7 Million

Crew Member Injury

A crewmember suffers a stroke as a result of the failure to receive proper medical care and attention while onboard for a ship for his high blood pressure. Verdict of $2.7 Million.

$2.1 Million

Slip & Fall Injury

Crewmember falls into hull of vessel resulting in serious injuries.

$2,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$1,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$1,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$1,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$1,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$1.2 Million

Cruise Ship Injury

Crew Worker crushed when steel plates suddenly fall on him because they were improperly secured. Suffered internal injuries.

$1.1 Million

Crewmember Injury

Crewmember pulls large suitcase from trolley and suffered injury to his back. Company failed to provide, prompt, proper and adequate medical care and treatment. Verdict of $1,077,650.00.

$1,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$1 Million

Seaman Injury

Settlement of Crewmember injured during luggage operations and suffers herniated disc.

$9XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$980,000

Cruise Ship Injury

Waiter slipped and fell in kitchen due to ongoing problem in the lateral area of spillage of food and water creating a dangerous condition, causing approximately two accidents per week. Company did not provide rubber mats had slippery floors. Plaintiff had cervical and lumbar herniated discs. Verdict of $980,250.00.

$9XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$9XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$8XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$8XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$8XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$8XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$7XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$6XX,XXX

Boating Accident
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$610,000

Workplace Injury

Worker falls while painting on the bridge of ship due to failure to utilize proper safety devices and proper supervision. Settlement of $610,000.00.

$4XX,XXX

Boating Accident
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

Confidential Settlement

Slip and Fall on a Cruise Ship

Our client, a female, was using stairs on the cruise ship when suddenly her shoe got stuck on a metal strip on the step that allowed the shoe to get stuck , causing her to fall, suffering severe foot injuries, including fractures and development of complex regional pain syndrome. The defense was our client was 100 percent at fault for not exercising reasonable care for her own safety, which defense blamed on having consumed too many alcoholic beverages. However, the cruise line sold our client one of the popular packages the cruise line offers, and profits from, an all you can drink package, including up to 15 alcoholic beverages per day. Although the cruise lines sell these packages , and make money from it, when a passenger suffers injury due to an incident such as a slip and fall, the cruise line is quick to deny blame and blame it on the alcohol consumption the cruise line encourages, provides, and profits from. Our liability expert inspected the steps and determined there was a tripping hazard for passengers that existed and was not fixed prior to the fall. In addition there was evidence of other slip/fall incidents on the steps due to tripping hazards that were not remedied by the cruise line. Just prior to the start of trial a confidential settlement was reached with the cruise lines.

Confidential Settlement

Wrongful Death of a Cruise Ship Crewmember

Our client was a long term crewmember for the cruise line, having worked with the cruise line for over 20 years. One morning he was taken by another crew member to the ship's medical infirmary because he became ill with symptoms suggestive of a stroke. Despite the symptoms, and despite the fact that the cruise ship was not far from the port it had just left (which had major hospitals), the Captain and medical staff made the decision to continue on the scheduled voyage. This delayed the crewmember receiving medical treatment for almost 24 hours. By the time the crewmember received medical care and treatment at a specialized facility, it was too late. The crewmember had developed severe neurological damages, which eventually led to his death.

Our firm hired several medical experts regarding the medical negligence of the ship's medical staff, as well as the negligence of the cruise line, including the captain, and failing to promptly evacuate the crewmember. The case involved discovery into the practices and procedures that cruise lines follow when there is a medical emergency at sea that requires immediate treatment beyond the scope of that which can be provided on the cruise ship. There is a duty to get a passenger crewmember to an appropriate shoreside medical facility as soon as possible when they are suffering a medical emergency that requires specialized treatment beyond the scope of that provided on board the cruise ship. By not taking action or even attempting to contact the Coast Guard for an evacuation, the cruise line argued that it would not have made a difference even if they had attempted to evacuate the passenger crewmember. Ultimately, a confidential settlement was reached with the cruise line.

A History of Results

$6.3 Million

Back Injury

Cruise ship crew member from Haiti suffered a cumulative trauma disorder involving his back while performing his duties as a cleaner on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. He then was provided with negligent medical care treatment. The jury found the cruise line accountable. Verdict of 6.3 million.

$5,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$3,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$3.7 Million

Seaman Back Injury

Crew Member on tugboat injures back handling heavy lines. Verdict of $3.7 Million.

$3,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$2.9 Million

Cruise Ship Injury

Cabin Steward was struck in the knee by a heavy piece of luggage. Company failed to provide prompt, proper and adequate medical care and treatment resulting in an unsuccessful knee surgery which led to an unnecessary knee replacement surgery.

$2,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$2.7 Million

Crew Member Injury

A crewmember suffers a stroke as a result of the failure to receive proper medical care and attention while onboard for a ship for his high blood pressure. Verdict of $2.7 Million.

$2.1 Million

Slip & Fall Injury

Crewmember falls into hull of vessel resulting in serious injuries.

$2,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$1,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$1,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$1,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$1,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$1.2 Million

Cruise Ship Injury

Crew Worker crushed when steel plates suddenly fall on him because they were improperly secured. Suffered internal injuries.

$1.1 Million

Crewmember Injury

Crewmember pulls large suitcase from trolley and suffered injury to his back. Company failed to provide, prompt, proper and adequate medical care and treatment. Verdict of $1,077,650.00.

$1,XXX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$1 Million

Seaman Injury

Settlement of Crewmember injured during luggage operations and suffers herniated disc.

$9XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$980,000

Cruise Ship Injury

Waiter slipped and fell in kitchen due to ongoing problem in the lateral area of spillage of food and water creating a dangerous condition, causing approximately two accidents per week. Company did not provide rubber mats had slippery floors. Plaintiff had cervical and lumbar herniated discs. Verdict of $980,250.00.

$9XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$9XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$8XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$8XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$8XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$8XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$7XX,XXX

Cruise Ship Injury
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$6XX,XXX

Boating Accident
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

$610,000

Workplace Injury

Worker falls while painting on the bridge of ship due to failure to utilize proper safety devices and proper supervision. Settlement of $610,000.00.

$4XX,XXX

Boating Accident
(Confidential Settlement)

Confidential Settlement

Confidential Settlement

Slip and Fall on a Cruise Ship

Our client, a female, was using stairs on the cruise ship when suddenly her shoe got stuck on a metal strip on the step that allowed the shoe to get stuck , causing her to fall, suffering severe foot injuries, including fractures and development of complex regional pain syndrome. The defense was our client was 100 percent at fault for not exercising reasonable care for her own safety, which defense blamed on having consumed too many alcoholic beverages. However, the cruise line sold our client one of the popular packages the cruise line offers, and profits from, an all you can drink package, including up to 15 alcoholic beverages per day. Although the cruise lines sell these packages , and make money from it, when a passenger suffers injury due to an incident such as a slip and fall, the cruise line is quick to deny blame and blame it on the alcohol consumption the cruise line encourages, provides, and profits from. Our liability expert inspected the steps and determined there was a tripping hazard for passengers that existed and was not fixed prior to the fall. In addition there was evidence of other slip/fall incidents on the steps due to tripping hazards that were not remedied by the cruise line. Just prior to the start of trial a confidential settlement was reached with the cruise lines.

Confidential Settlement

Wrongful Death of a Cruise Ship Crewmember

Our client was a long term crewmember for the cruise line, having worked with the cruise line for over 20 years. One morning he was taken by another crew member to the ship's medical infirmary because he became ill with symptoms suggestive of a stroke. Despite the symptoms, and despite the fact that the cruise ship was not far from the port it had just left (which had major hospitals), the Captain and medical staff made the decision to continue on the scheduled voyage. This delayed the crewmember receiving medical treatment for almost 24 hours. By the time the crewmember received medical care and treatment at a specialized facility, it was too late. The crewmember had developed severe neurological damages, which eventually led to his death.

Our firm hired several medical experts regarding the medical negligence of the ship's medical staff, as well as the negligence of the cruise line, including the captain, and failing to promptly evacuate the crewmember. The case involved discovery into the practices and procedures that cruise lines follow when there is a medical emergency at sea that requires immediate treatment beyond the scope of that which can be provided on the cruise ship. There is a duty to get a passenger crewmember to an appropriate shoreside medical facility as soon as possible when they are suffering a medical emergency that requires specialized treatment beyond the scope of that provided on board the cruise ship. By not taking action or even attempting to contact the Coast Guard for an evacuation, the cruise line argued that it would not have made a difference even if they had attempted to evacuate the passenger crewmember. Ultimately, a confidential settlement was reached with the cruise line.

We Can Help You Navigate the Complexities
of Filing a Maritime Claim

At any given time, there are tens of thousands of ships traveling around the globe. Unfortunately, accidents happen frequently as a result of negligent or reckless conduct by various parties. In order to recover compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other losses resulting from a boating or cruise ship accident, a victim or their family usually must be able to show that the defendant acted negligently.

Passengers who are seeking to assert claims against a cruise ship companies, may have a contractual obligation created through the ticket sales process to file any personal injury claims that they may have in the courts of Miami-Dade County. This is why our main office is located in Miami, FL.

To learn how our attorneys can help, please contact us for a free case review.

Meet Our Team

Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers
Brett A. Rivkind
Senior Partner
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Florida Boat Accident Lawyer
Bruce M. Margulies
Partner
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Client Testimonials

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“My only regret is that I didn’t turn to Rivkind for help sooner...”

“After struggling for moree than a year to get the cruise line to take any responsibility for a series of medical blunders on board that nearly killed me, I got offered a settlement within weeks of turning to acclaimed Maritime attorney Brett Rivkind for help…”

- Chris
Google Review, 1/17
5.0
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"The best thing I ever did, was make a google search, (frantically trying to find legal advice, after a traumatic incident, alone and in a foreign country)"

"Thank goodness Rivkind & Marguilies came up in my top search. Since day one, When I called, Leslie was the first person I spoke to, through tears and panic, she listened, put me directly on the phone with Bruce, no appointment needed, just listened to my situation, calmed me down and gave me free advice on what I should do (I was stuck in a Caribbean island with a serious injury, minimal medical help, being told I cannot leave by my employer). Within one day of their help, I was on a flight to the USA, all logistics taken care of by them, in the safety of a hotel close to a hospital and a specialist that I so badly needed. From then onwards, I wasn’t alone, they took care of appointments, doctor visits and my well-being when I was at my most vulnerable. Each day they worked tirelessly to get me the justice I needed, I received the best medical care... I met Brett later on, I was so happy to meet the man who has never lost a case, be there for me in my time of need, he is a caring, genuine and powerful man with integrity of his work, he wouldn’t allow me to worry about paperwork, logistics or adjusters and told me only to focus on my getting well again, that he would take care of everything. He was not wrong, they did take care of everything, I only had to work on my recovery and they did exactly what they said they would do. I cannot express enough what it means, to have such a powerhouse team be fighting for you, on your side. Today is the end of my journey, I am eternally grateful for their relentless hard work and the outcome of all of this...Thank you so much, Leslie, Brett and Bruce, for all you have done for me, I will never forget it and only wish I could thank you more. I hope this review helps others make the right decision when they are in their time of need, or happened to find themselves in an unfortunate situation. Really was the best decision I ever made and I wouldn’t have been able to overcome this without them."

- OT
Google Review, 5/21
5.0
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"Thank you again Mr Margulies and your team. You are the BEST!"

"I want to sincerely say thx to Mr. Bruce Margulies for taking my case and getting it done in only a few months. Mr Margulies kept me up to date on the case and fought a good fight to get me a reasonable settlement. I also want to thank Mr Rupert, Darlene and Lissilaydi for all their input. This is my first time filing a case but with my experience I can safely say that i believe Rivkind &Margulies law firm is the place to go to for the best lawyers who are willing to fight for you to the end. I will not hesitate to refer this firm to anyone looking for legal representation Thank you again Mr Margulies and your team. You are the BEST!"

- Stevonie
Google Review, 8/21
5.0
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"Rivkind, Margulies & Rivkind, P.A is the best!!!!!"

"Brett Rivkind is phenomenal and his assistant Leslie! Very reliable, gets great results for you, and makes it extremely convenient for you to continue with your normal life. He works hard for you and actually listens to you!! At any time I need them they are always available to help. I am thankful for passion and dedication. I will be sending everyone your way!! Thank you, when no one listened, you did 🙏"

- Shaytayya
Google Review, 8/21
5.0
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"Mr Rivkind and his awesome team took very good care of my case"

"I want to pridefully say that Mr Rivkind and his awesome team took very good care of my case. They worked very hard to get the best for me, there was incredibly good communication they always respond my mails within hours sometimes immediately and the most important thing is that after we set the case was incredibly fast all the process . The service they provide me was very professional and close. Mr Rivkind is a very kind powerful attorney and so is his team. Many thanks to from my heart."

- Juan
Google Review, 12/18
5.0
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"Number one attorney in Miami County!"

"Great experience! [They] helped me to obtain justice with great enthusiasm and great professionalism. It is number one attorney in Miami County! Highly recommended in maritime cases."

- Guilio
Google Review, 11/18
5.0
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"I wanted to say thank you to my lawyer Brett Rivkind for the great result he got me..."

"I wanted to say thank you to my lawyer Brett Rivkind for the great result he got me plus being such a caring person. He gives you such a feeling of confidence by his hard work and devotion/"

- Miguel
Google Review, 11/18
5.0
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"Other lawyers it told me it was an extremely difficult case and Brett Rivkind accepted the case and we won."

"Brett Rivkind was my attorney. He was super knowledgeable and informative. Other lawyers it told me it was an extremely difficult case and Brett Rivkind accepted the case and we won. I was extremely satisfied with not only the result, but the entire process. His office was great. He is super easy to communicate with, and clearly knows what he is doing."

- Jose
Review on Avvo.com, 8/16
5.0
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"He not only has masterful trial lawyers skills but applies maximum preparation to his cases."

"I have tried a good number of cases to jurors since I tried my first case in 1975 both in the capacity of defense attorney as well as plaintiff’s counsel. During that time, I have seen numerous attorneys in action including some who have no business trying cases either due to some lack of innate skill or preparation, many who demonstrated excellent skills , and some who I consider masters of the art. I include Bret Rivkind in the latter category. He not only has masterful trial lawyers skills but applies maximum preparation to his cases. If I ever had the misfortune of sustaining an injury either aboard a ship or on land, I would not hesitate to place my claim in his hands."

- Robert C. Gross, Esq.
Review on Avvo.com, 8/19
5.0
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"They were always there..."

"They were always there to answer my questions and kept me informed along the way. They were very professional and did an amazing job."

- Marion C.
Google Review, 1/22
5.0

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