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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:
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  • Recreational Boats
  • Jet Skis
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Admiralty and Maritime Law

The Rivkind & Margulies law firm have handled all types of Maritime, Admiralty, and boating accident cases. The firm has represented passengers, injured seaman and Maritime workers from all over the world.

Passengers and guests who suffer injuries on boats, jet skis, cruise ships or other types of water craft, may have their personal injury and wrongful death claims decided under the General Maritime Law of the United States, which a judge made law. Admiralty or Maritime Jurisdiction exists in the Federal Courts, and is a special grant of jurisdiction given to the Federal Courts over Admiralty and Maritime claims. While many attorneys who are not experienced Maritime attorneys believe a Maritime or Admiralty claim can only be brought in Federal Court, this is not necessarily true. There is something called the Savings to Suitors Clause in the Constitution which may allow the Admiralty or Maritime claim to proceed forward in a State Court. Regardless of whether the case proceeds forward in State Court or Federal Court under the Admiralty jurisdiction, the Admiralty and Maritime claim will be governed by the general Maritime Law. This is because Admiralty and Maritime Law is Federal Law, and there must be uniformity among the different possible jurisdictions a case can be filed in. Therefore, even if your case is in State Court, the law requires that the Federal Maritime and Admiralty Law apply to the case. However, there may be situations where a state law can be applied if it does not conflict with well established Admiralty and General Maritime Law. An experienced Maritime lawyer will be able to ascertain whether state law can be used to supplement the General Maritime and Admiralty law claims. The Maritime attorney will also be able to determine if filing in Federal Court would result in giving up the right to a jury trial, which may occur if you are required to file the case in Federal Court under the grant of Admiralty jurisdiction given to the Federal Courts. If there is alternative jurisdiction in the Federal Court, such as diversity of citizenship, then an action can be pursued in the Federal Court with the right to a jury trial. Admiralty and Maritime Laws, including jurisdictional issues, are very complex and an experienced maritime lawyer should be consulted in order to advise you of your rights. Brett Rivkind was asked by the United States Congress to testify at hearings on cruise ship safety as an expert in maritime laws. He has also been referred to as the leading authority in the world on maritime law.

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  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. Month deadline so contact a maritime lawyer ASAP
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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