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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.

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.

Due to our expertise, skill, and results obtained, 98 percent of the cases we decide to accept are able to be settled for our clients avoiding the long-drawn-out process of protracted litigation.

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
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.
$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.
$2.1 MILLION
Crew Member Fall Injury
Crewmember falls into hole of vessel resulting in serious injuries.
$1 MILLION
Seaman Back Injury
Settlement of Crewmember injured during luggage operations and suffers herniated disc.
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
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.
$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 Shoulder Injury
Cruise ship passenger injured when exiting casino room and tripping over electrical cords not properly secured, resulting in a shoulder injury.
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 / 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
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
21-year-old falls overboard after being served an excessive amount of alcohol onboard ship. 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
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.
CONFIDENTIAL
Foot Injury
Crewmember fractures ankles and then develops Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, now referred to as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Confidential settlement.
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
Fraudulent Art Sold to Cruise Ship Passengers
Action for alleged fraud in the sale of art onboard passenger cruise ship. Confidential settlement.
CONFIDENTIAL
Cruise ship passenger case, involving multiple deaths as a result of bus accident in Mexico, case against cruise ship company for liability for negligence.
CONFIDENTIAL
Cruise ship passenger case, involving multiple serious injuries for bus accident during excursion in Switzerland, case against cruise ship company for negligence.
CONFIDENTIAL
Cruise ship passenger severely injured during shipboard activity on trampoline.
CONFIDENTIAL
Passenger on motorboat severely injured due to negligence of the operator of the motorboat.
CONFIDENTIAL
Commercial passenger sexually assaulted by crew member.
CONFIDENTIAL
Minor sexually assaulted on cruise ship.
CONFIDENTIAL
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 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.
$2.7 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.
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.
$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
Slip and Fall Accident
Passenger seriously injured due to slip and fall on a slippery marble floor aboard a cruise ship. Confidential settlement.
CONFIDENTIAL
Personal Injury/ Workplace Injury
Worker falls while painting on the bridge of ship due to failure to utilize proper safety devices and proper supervision.
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.
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
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
Cruise Ship Passenger Injury
Passenger injured during the process of getting on and off tender boat during a cruise. 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
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
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
Back Injury
Crewmember falls down stair and suffers back injury.
CONFIDENTIAL
Seaman Back Injury
Crewmember injured while transporting heavy carpet up set of stairs. Verdict for an unsafe job task causing back injury.
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
Yacht Plan falls from yacht while in shipyard, causing severe orthopedic injuries. Liability case again shipyard for failure to provide adequate means of ingress/egress to the yacht.
CONFIDENTIAL
Cruise ship passenger death case involving excursion while in the Bahamas, case against the cruise ship company for marketing, promoting and selling shoreside excursions for profit, and not adequately learning of the safety of the excursion.
$3 MILLION
Cruise ship passenger severely injured participating in shipboard waterslide activity.
CONFIDENTIAL
Death case involving Fisher Island ferry boat.
CONFIDENTIAL
Cruise ship passenger sexually assaulted by another cruise ship passenger.
CONFIDENTIAL
Cruise ship passenger death involving cruise ship passenger who suffered a stroke and was not promptly evacuated for treatment.
CONFIDENTIAL
$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.
$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.

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Tourism is up in Florida.

The increase in tourists here also leads to increase the use of rentals, including personal watercraft such as jet skis. Personal injury and wrongful death claims will be governed by maritime laws. Our firm handles cruise ship and boating accidents and provides free consultations. Brett Rivkind has been helping victims of incidents at sea since 1983, and has been an invited speaker before congress addressing cruise ship safety. He is a safety advocate for those harmed at sea.

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