Our Results

Our lead trial lawyer Brett Rivkind has an international reputation for dedication and excellence. His hard work and success have been recognized extensively through awards and special recognitions.

Miami maritime lawyer Brett Rivkind and our legal team at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A., have represented thousands of victims of accidents on all types of ships and boats, including victims of crimes such as sexual assault. Each case is unique and requires the expertise of a skilled and experienced admiralty and maritime lawyer to evaluate both the liability aspects of the cases as well as the damages. Our vast experience in handling almost every conceivable type of maritime accident case allows us to benefit you by bringing this experience and knowledge to your case.

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In fact, our firm has obtained verdicts and settlements for our clients for over $200 million dollars. We hope to have the privilege of handling your maritime case. Your choice an attorney is a very important one. We invite you to meet personally with us to discuss your case and get to know us. There is no charge for a consultation.

Here are some* of the verdicts and settlements obtained by our South Florida cruise ship and boating lawyers:

$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 to the crew member. Verdict of 6.3 million.

CONFIDENTIAL

Cruise Ship 16-Year-Old Passenger Rape and Sexual Assault

16-year-old passenger sexually assaulted by a bartender on the cruise ship after being improperly served alcoholic beverages by the bartender. Case was settled for a confidential amount.

CONFIDENTIAL

Wrongful Death/ Cruise Ship Drowning Accident

CONFIDENTIAL

Wrongful Death/ Medical Malpractice

CONFIDENTIAL

Cruise Ship Passenger Personal Injury

Passenger seriously injured when tender boat from cruise ship speeds from dock without properly untying rope, resulting in the bitt on the boat breaking loose and propelling through the air, striking the passenger. As a result, the passenger suffered serious physical and psychological injuries. Confidential settlement obtained.

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CONFIDENTIAL

Wrongful Death Jet Ski Accident

CONFIDENTIAL

Wrongful Death/ Fire

$3.7 MILLION

Seaman Back Injury

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

CONFIDENTIAL

Cruise Ship Water Slide Accident

Cruise ship passenger severely injured on water slide. Confidential settlement obtained.

$2.93 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.

$2.7 MILLION

Failure to Promptly and Properly Treat a Medical Condition

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

Crew Member Fall Injury

Crewmember falls into hole of vessel resulting in serious injuries.

CONFIDENTIAL

Burn Injury

$1.2 MILLION

Cruise Ship Injury

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

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$1 MILLION

Seaman Back Injury

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

$1.1 MILLION

Personal 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.

CONFIDENTIAL

Eye Injury

CONFIDENTIAL

Wrongful Death/ Overboard Accident of George Smith

Suit on behalf of parents against cruise ship company for disappearance of George Smith during his honeymoon cruise aboard a cruise ship. Confidential settlement.

CONFIDENTIAL

Slip and Fall Accident

Passenger seriously injured due to slip and fall on a slippery marble floor aboard a cruise ship. Confidential settlement.

CONFIDENTIAL

Eight-year-old Head Injury on Cruise Ship

Eight year old injured during onboard ship activity of teen program, suffers head injury. Action for negligent supervision and creating an unsafe activity. Confidential settlement.

$610,000

Personal Injury/ 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.

$980,250

Cruise Ship Slip and Fall Accident

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.

CONFIDENTIAL

Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Assault

14-year-old in teenage program sexually assaulted by a fellow passenger; case brought for negligent supervision; case was settled for a confidential amount.

$375,000

Cruise Ship Shoulder Injury

Cruise ship passenger injured when exiting casino room and tripping over electrical cords not properly secured, resulting in a shoulder injury. Verdict of $375,000.00.

CONFIDENTIAL

Personal Injury During a Lifeboat Drill

Singer/dancer aboard cruise ship injured when lifeboat she is in during a lifeboat drill plunges to the water impacting her career as a singer and dancer. Confidential settlement obtained.

CONFIDENTIAL

Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Assault

Passenger sexually assaulted in her cabin after returning from casino. Case was settled for a confidential amount.

CONFIDENTIAL

Workplace Injury

Piano player during lifeboat drill is in lifeboat that drops suddenly due to faulty safety mechanism resulting in serious injuries. Confidential settlement.

CONFIDENTIAL

Wrongful Death / Cruise Ship Fire

Action brought on behalf of more than 250 families who lost loved ones during a fire onboard a cruise ship. Confidential settlement was reached after appeals.

CONFIDENTIAL

Wrongful Death / Vanished Ship

Families lose loved ones during the loss of the Windjammer cruise ship Fantome, which was the subject of a novel called the Ship and the Storm. Multiple settlements obtained for the families.

CONFIDENTIAL

Cruise Ship Passenger Injury

Passenger injured during the process of getting on and off tender boat during a cruise. Confidential settlement.

CONFIDENTIAL

Slip and Fall Accident

Crewmember slips and falls in the kitchen area suffering myofascial back injury which precludes him from returning to work onboard the ship. Confidential settlement.

CONFIDENTIAL

Wrongful Death / Overboard Accident of 15-year-old Cruise Ship Passenger

15-year-old on cruise with parents falls overboard after improperly being served alcohol aboard cruise ship. Confidential settlement.

CONFIDENTIAL

Wrongful Death / Overboard Accident

21-year-old falls overboard after being served an excessive amount of alcohol onboard ship. Confidential settlement.

CONFIDENTIAL

Cruise Ship Passenger Back Injury

Passenger injured while participating in rock climbing aboard cruise ship, seriously injured due to negligence of the cruise ship employee handling of the ropes. Confidential settlement.

CONFIDENTIAL

Injuries Suffered as a Result of Storm on Cruise Ship

Passengers bringing claims for physical and emotional injuries suffered as a result of the cruise ship heading into a forecasted storm. Confidential settlement.

CONFIDENTIAL

Cruise Ship Passenger Personal Injury

Passenger injured when trips and falls over a threshold at door entrance into restroom which is excessively high. Confidential settlement.

CONFIDENTIAL

Personal Injury

Passenger falls down a set of stairs when going from one area in the dining room to another because the step down is not clearly marked of visible. Confidential settlement.

$100,000

Back Injury

Crewmember falls down stair and suffers back injury. Verdict of $100,000.00.

CONFIDENTIAL

Foot Injury

Crewmember fractures ankles and then develops Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, now referred to as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Confidential settlement.

CONFIDENTIAL

Seaman Back Injury

Crewmember injured while transporting heavy carpet up set of stairs. Verdict for an unsafe job task causing back injury.

CONFIDENTIAL

Slip and Fall Accident

Passenger slips and falls near buffet table due to improper maintenance and supervision of area, resulting in wet, slippery and dangerous conditions. Confidential settlement.

CONFIDENTIAL

Wrongful Death / Overboard Passenger

Passenger dies when he falls from bridge of a ship while exploring in an area not properly barricaded. Confidential settlement.

CONFIDENTIAL

Fraudulent Art Sold to Cruise Ship Passengers

Action for alleged fraud in the sale of art onboard passenger cruise ship. Confidential settlement.

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THE LAWYER THAT CARES AND MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Brett Rivkind is a lawyer that not only cares but also a lawyer that makes a difference. Whether its speaking in congress to help promote safety awareness in legislation or representing clients in court seeking compensation for their injuries, Brett Rivkind is passionate about his dedication toward both promoting safety at sea and helping clients in need who have been harmed at sea.

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JURY VERDICT HALL OF FAME

Jury verdict obtained by Brett Rivkind selected to hall of fame of jury verdicts. This case is believed to be a record verdict of this particular type of case.

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