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Since 1983, our attorneys at Rivkind & Margulies, P.A. have handled many different types of accidents and injuries related to all types of water crafts including but not limited to cruise ships, recreational boats, yachts, commercial vessels, diving boats, personal watercrafts and jet skis. In addition, our Miami-based personal injury and wrongful death law firm has represented those injured or harmed in accidents on land related to medical malpractice, premise liability, travel and resort injury, products liability, and car accidents. For a more detailed list of the practice areas of Rivkind & Margulies, please visit our Practice Areas page.

This page is meant to offer some general information about our firm, including a lengthy list of cases we are currently working on and have worked on in the past, news articles we have been featured, awards we have received, and other firm news.


Cruise Ship Passenger Water Slide Injury
Passenger hires Brett Rivkind to pursue a claim for compensatory and punitive damages against Norwegian Cruise Line for serious personal injuries which occurred on the Aqua Loop water slide. While another passenger was still inside the enclosed slide, the passenger was propelled at a high rate of speed down the waterslide, resulting in a collision causing passenger to be seriously injured.

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Cruise Ship Disappearances and Deaths Discussed in People.com
In a recent people.com article, seven cases of homicide or missing people involving cruise ships are discussed. This includes a discussion on the George Smith case titled Honeymooner Goes Overboard: Accident or Foul Play? Our office represented his family in their case against Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

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Lifeboat Injury
Miami maritime attorney Brett Rivkind hired by Italian crew member to bring a claim against cruise line for serious personal injuries and psychological damages as a result of a rescue boat plummeting to the sea during a safety drill.


Jet Ski Accident
Man killed in jet ski accident. Fort Lauderdale lawyer Brett Rivkind hired by wife to represent family.


Cruise Ship Sexual Assault
Cruise ship passenger hires Brett Rivkind to bring a claim against Carnival Cruise Line for sexual assault suffered.


Cruise Ship Drowning Accident
Passenger on board a Disney cruise ship drowns at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. Brett Rivkind retained by wife as counsel.


Jones Act Ruling
Brett Rivkind got a stay lifted in a bankruptcy court, allowing a seaman to be able to pursue his Jones Act case in federal court with a jury trial.


Arbitration Success
Brett Rivkind receives an arbitration award believed to be the largest amount awarded to crew member who suffered similar types of injuries.


Sailing Accident
Serious accident on a well-known J/160 sailing yacht named the Pipe Dream, which embarked on a transatlantic voyage, leads to lawsuit filed by attorney Brett Rivkind against owner of sailboat for improper supervision and instructions to the crew.


Lifeboat Accident
UK ship officer hires Miami and Fort Lauderdale cruise ship attorney Brett Rivkind to bring a case against Princess Cruises when he suffered career-ending injuries from a life boat drill, which resulted in the life boat plummeting to the sea.


Brett Rivkind Wins Important Ruling Regarding Expert Reports
Brett Rivkind obtains an important ruling in the Federal District Court of the Virgin Islands requiring defendant to provide the report of their medical expert in accordance with Federal Rule 35 governing compulsory physical examinations, rejecting defendant’s argument that the medical report did not have to be provided until expert reports were due pursuant to Federal Rule 26 disclosures.


Cruise Ship Overboard Accident
Brett Rivkind hired by family to pursue wrongful death claim against Royal Caribbean on behalf of their 21-year-old son. The victim fell overboard after being over-served alcohol, and there was a significant delay in implementing rescue efforts.


$6.3 Million Dollar Jury Verdict for Back Injury
Brett Rivkind secures a record jury verdict, awarding $6.3 million dollars against Royal Caribbean Cruises for a back injury sustained by crew member, which was named as the number 1 verdict in 2013 for admiralty and maritime cases.


Cruise Ship Passenger Injury
Passenger hires cruise ship attorney Brett Rivkind to bring a case against Royal Caribbean Cruises for injuries suffered during a FlowRider activity on board the cruise ship.


Cruise Ship Overboard Accident
Brett Rivkind represents family of girl who fell overboard from a Royal Caribbean International Cruise Ship.


Cruise Ship Sexual Assault
Passenger who was overserved alcohol hires Miami maritime attorney Brett Rivkind to bring a claim against Carnival Cruise Lines for sexual assault by other passengers.


Cruise Ship Disappearance
Family of George Smith hires Miami attorney Brett Rivkind to pursue case against Royal Caribbean when their son goes overboard during his honeymoon cruise. Foul play and potential murder was suspected


Cruise Ship Minor Falls Overboard
Brett Rivkind hired by Irish family to pursue claim against company for overserving alcohol to a 15-year-old minor, resulting in minor falling overboard.



*This is not a complete listing but rather a sample of some of our current and past cases. We are happy to share more details of our vast experience with handling admiralty and maritime cases during your free consultation.

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