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Miami Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers

With hundreds of miles of coastline, intracoastal waterways, and access to other navigable waters, it is no surprise that Florida is the site of many accidents and related disputes under maritime and admiralty laws. Litigation concerning cruise ship and other boating accidents is common here, as are claims arising under laws such as the Jones Act, the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers Act, and the Death on the High Seas Act. At Rivkind & Margulies, we handle cases arising from all types of accidents that occur on navigable waters in and around Florida, as well as elsewhere in the United States and even in the international waters of other countries. Based in Miami, our nationally renowned cruise ship accident attorneys have decades of combined experience, and received the Best Lawyers 2019 recognition. We can also represent clients in accidents that occur on land, such as car crashes, slip and falls, and incidents of medical malpractice.

Lead attorney Brett Rivkind has been practicing maritime law for over 30 years. Attorney Rivkind has strong ties to the legal community in Florida. His uncle was Chief of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Florida, and his father is the Honorable Judge Leonard Rivkind, a prominent Miami attorney who later served as both a circuit court judge and as the Chief Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit. Attorney Rivkind began his career in maritime law at a large prominent defense firm. He worked on many high-profile cases there at both the trial and appellate levels. However, after seeing the serious problems that affect the cruise ship industry, he realized that his true passion lies in representing people who are injured at sea or have lost loved ones in tragic circumstances.

Assert Your Right to Compensation For Boat Injuries

At any given time, there are many ships coming and in and out of Florida ports. Unfortunately, not every day at sea is “smooth sailing,” and 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 cruise ship accident, a victim or their family usually must be able to show that the defendant acted negligently.

Personal injury cases based on negligence may be broken down further into four basic elements: duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. Since cruise ships are common carriers, they have a duty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of their passengers. If a victim can prove that the defendant created an unsafe or foreseeably hazardous condition, for example, they may be able to recover compensation for events such as:

  • Injuries onboard cruise ships, due to falls, fires, assault, rape, or sexual assault, among other negligent or reckless acts;
  • Drownings or disappearances; or
  • Injuries or deaths that occur during shore excursions.

Passengers who are seeking to assert claims against cruise ship companies, such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, or Norwegian, 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 makes it especially important to consult a Miami cruise ship accident lawyer.

Guests on passenger boats, ferry boats, sightseeing boats, tour boats, charter boats, or yachts may also be entitled to pursue a negligence claim against the owner of the vessel on which they were hurt, as may victims hurt due to a lack of care related to boat rentals, scuba diving, jet skis, water sports, and other activities. In some cases, a product liability action also may be appropriate if the vessel or watercraft’s design was defective or if there was a manufacturing or marketing defect that caused the harm.

Legal Representation for Injured Workers at Sea

In addition to bringing personal injury and wrongful death claims on behalf of passengers of cruise ships and other boats, Rivkind & Margulies represents people who have been injured while working as crew members for major container ship and cargo companies based in the Miami area. We can also handle cruise ship crew member and seamen claims and accident cases involving people who were hurt while working on yachts, supply vessels, crew boats, and dredging boats. Some of the other cases that we can bring involve tug boat accidents, oil rig accidents, and injuries sustained by anchor handlers (or riggers) and barge repair workers.

Victims who are hurt or killed at sea have several possible ways to seek compensation. The Death on the High Seas Act (DOSHA) is a federal law that allows the spouse or dependents of a seaman killed in international waters to pursue compensation if the seaman’s death was a result of negligence or unseaworthiness. Other federal laws may also apply, including the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (also known as the Jones Act), which protects seamen and sailors who are hurt by negligence or the unseaworthiness of a vessel engaged in cabotage, or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, which provides disability and death benefits resulting from injuries to certain workers that occur on navigable waters.

Contact a Nationally Acclaimed Cruise Ship and Boating Accident Lawyer in Miami

Since devoting his practice exclusively to maritime law in 1987, Brett Rivkind has navigated his clients through thousands of cases, including several high-profile disputes. He has handled litigation arising from a fire on a cruise ship that led to the deaths of 158 people, as well as a case involving a ship that sank at sea during Hurricane Mitch and the case of George Smith IV, who went missing during his honeymoon cruise. Attorney Rivkind’s concern and compassion for victims who are harmed at sea even led him to testify before the U.S. Congress concerning maritime safety and security. These hearings eventually led to the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, which helped make cruise ships safer for everyone.

Attorney Rivkind has obtained record jury verdicts and arbitration awards, many in the millions of dollars, and he has won the Verdicts Hall of Fame award. He has appeared on numerous television shows (including three separate appearances on Larry King Live), been quoted by many newspapers and media sources, and been consulted by other attorneys throughout the U.S. and abroad. To put the substantial knowledge and resources of the Miami cruise ship accident attorneys at Rivkind & Margulies to work on your case, call 866-621-2142 or 305-374-0565, or contact us online for a free appointment. We represent people who need a boat accident lawyer in Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Jacksonville, Tampa, Key West, Brevard County, and throughout the Florida Panhandle, as well as other areas along the coastline of Florida and other states.

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Brett Rivkind, Speaker in Congress and Safety Advocate, Representing Passengers and Crew Worldwide Who Have Been Injured or Victimized on Any Type of Vessel at Sea, Including:
  • Cruise Ships
  • Cargo Ships
  • Recreational Boats
  • Jet Skis
  • Yachts
  • Ferries
  • Sailboats
  • Fishing Boats
  • Tugboats and Barges
and more
Winner of the Verdicts Hall of Fame Award: $6.3 Million Verdict Dolcin v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, LTD Learn More
In the Media
Attorney Rivkind on the Nancy Grace show Boating and cruise ship accident attorney Brett Rivkind on Larry King Live. Mr. Rivkind has appeared on various television shows and news programs, consulted for his legal commentary and expertise. Read More
Dr. Henry Lee with Attorney Rivkind World renowned forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee with maritime lawyer Brett Rivkind. Brett Rivkind has been featured in many different news articles not only for legal advice and information but also because of his high-profile cases like the George Smith disappearance. Read More
Attorney Rivkind and the President of International Cruise Victims Kendall Carver Maritime Attorney Brett Rivkind addressing press with the parents of George Smith and President of International Cruise Victims Kendall Carver, while in Washington D.C. to testify before Congress regarding cruise ship safety and security Read More

A Super Lawyer, a Lawyer of Distinction, a Top Attorney in Florida, and a Best Lawyer in America: Brett Rivkind has been recognized as each of these! However, he prides himself most as being known as a lawyer who cares and makes a difference in his clients' lives!

Recent News
  • A recent case involving  Holland America cruise line being sued by a passenger from Illinois illustrates how important it is that a passenger know what may happen if faced with a medical emergency during the cruise. The cruise ship companies often promote their medical facilities and medical staff on board their cruises as being of […]
  • A federal jury in the Southern District of Florida ruled in favor of Royal Caribbean in a Nebraska family's lawsuit alleging negligence that resulted in a passenger falling overboard to his death. The jury also denied the family's claim of negligence on behalf of the cruise ship company when they failed to promptly initiate an […]
  • There has been another report of a possible murder on board a cruise ship, this time involving a 52-year-old American woman onboard the Royal Princess, a Princess Cruise, headed for the Caribbean. According to news reports, the woman plummeted from an upper deck of the ship onto a lifeboat.  Witnesses had seen the woman struggling with another […]
8 Safety Tips
for Your Next Cruise Vacation
  1. Read Your Ticket
  2. Be Aware
  3. Protect Yourself Against Sexual Assault
  4. Avoid Drinking to Excess
  5. Secure Your Possessions
  6. Be Careful on Shoreside Visits
  7. Swim at your own risk
  8. Stay healthy
8 Things to Do If You Are Injured
or Harmed on a Cruise Ship
  1. The rules of the international maritime organization apply
  2. Assumption of the risk forms
  3. Be careful what you say
  4. Be careful what you write
  5. Be aware
  6. Be investigators
  7. Report immediately
  8. 6 months deadline so contact a maritime lawyer ASAP
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Client Reviews
Mr. Rivkind and his team are outstanding and clearly some of the best in the field of maritime law, based on our experience. I appreciate their office for being approachable, extremely professional and pushing relentlessly for the success of my case. Can't thank them enough. Highly recommended! Sherma Noel George
This is the best maritime law firm in my opinion. If you want the best lawyer working on your case, this is the place. This firm is a good professional team with outstanding leadership and talented professionals. Once your case has been settled, you'll likely still continue to hear from Mr. Rivkind. His genuine warmth and kindness makes it near impossible not to become his friend. Thank you Brett for changing my family's life and mine. Willy Dolcin
Mr. Rivkind is highly talented and a very good lawyer. I believe Mr. Rivkind is absolutely the best maritime attorney in the United States. He fought for my rights, and never gave up. He is truly an example to all. The words don't exist to express my gratitude for having him represent me in the battle of my life. Mr. Rivkind you are eternally loved by your client. Virginia Walton
I was a former client of Mr. Rivkind, and I can honestly say that he had a tremendous impact on my life, a very positive one! Mr. Rivkind has exceptionally broad knowledge and experience with maritime law, and he's a great guy who is dedicated to helping people. Always focused, determined, and dedicated to achieving the best results for his clients. Vonda Lewis
I've nothing but love for Rivkind & Margulies, P.A.. Mr. Brett Rivkind has been there for me more than once and gotten me through some rough times. He gave me a new start, a new life. Mr. Rivkind fought for my medical treatment, for my well-being and to make sure I was given what was owed to me. No one like the best maritime lawyer in the world. Roger Mitchell Hilton