According to the Third District Court of Appeal's Opinion Filed 7/11/12 the Appellate Court Affirmed a Jury Verdict of 2.93 Million Dollars for Nicaraguan Crewmember

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The Third District Court of Appeal in the State of Florida, Case No. 3D11-542, Lower Tribunal No. 08-10850 affirmed a jury verdict in favor of a Nicaraguan seaman who sued her employer, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

The Third District Court of Appeal in the State of Florida, the intermediate appellate court in the State Court system, affirmed a jury verdict in favor of a Nicaraguan Seaman who had sued her employer, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, for a career ending knee injury she suffered in the course and scope of her employment for the cruise line. The cruise line adamantly denied any liability for her injuries. Please visit:

Virginia Walton was a long term employee for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She is from Bluefields, Nicaragua, a very poor country. She has been unable to work since she left the employment of the cruise ship company.

The affirmance of the jury verdict in favor of Ms. Walton will now assure that she can help provide for her family and have enough money to pay for any future medical needs she may have. She expressed extreme gratitude for her lawyer, Brett Rivkind, for the years he spent fighting the company to win her case, and then the continued fight to win the appeal. It is believed the verdict in this case was the largest jury verdict ever obtained against this cruise line on behalf of a crewmember who suffered a similar type of non-catastrophic injury.

Brett Rivkind commented by stating he is very happy for his client who is deserving of the money, and a jury verdict proved that despite the fact the client was from a third world country and very poor, a Dade County jury was able to fairly evaluate the damages and award fair compensation notwithstanding any arguments that the amount of money would make a citizen from a third world country “rich.” “The issue is not the citizenship of the injured party”, said Rivkind, but instead the issue is what sum of money adequately compensates the individual for the injuries suffered and the impact on their life.

Brett Rivkind is with the law firm of Rivkind & Margulies, P.A., located in Miami, Florida, and has been handling maritime cases for 30 years. He is past President of the Florida Bar Admiralty Committee, a lecturer on Admiralty law, and was an invited speaker before the United States Congress as a Maritime Legal Expert. He is internationally known for his work as a Maritime Lawyer, and frequently handles many high profile cases. He has appeared on numerous television shows to discuss maritime issues, including appearing on the Larry King Live Show on three separate occasions.



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