Mildred Solar Cortes

Attorney Kurt Arnold and our legal team helped represent Mildred after she lost her husband in the 2015 sinking of the El Faro. In this video, she tells her story.

My name is Mildred, and I’m the widow of German Solar Cortes, one of the crew members of the El Faro that sunk in the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015. During those sleepless nights, I went online and searched for I want the best lawyer—not only for me, but for my husband. I came across Arnold & Itkin, and I read their achievements about the Deepwater Horizon. I thought good things about them, their victories. So I made up my mind. This is the kind of lawyers I need. The kind of lawyers who will fight for my rights—not only my rights, but my husband’s.

I didn’t want his life to be wasted. I didn’t want his life to be of no meaning at all.

So I called the office and Kurt flew all the way from Texas and sat here in my home. What I was expecting was that this was going to be a business-like transaction. You know this transaction will end up in a handshake. But it was different. When he came here, I felt the sincerity that he was willing to help me. What I feel is that he never considered me as a number, never looked at me as a number. He looked at me as a person, as an individual who needs help, who needs guidance. Kurt is the kind of person who won’t give up. If he is committed, he will go for it. He won't back out.

I told him, “Kurt you’re my hero. You’re my knight in shining armor.” Because that’s how I feel toward him. He’s there to protect me, and I feel so safe. They are driven. They are aggressive. They will not quit for you. They will not give up for you. That’s what makes them special.

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They made me feel very secure…They were looking out for my best interests, and they cared about the things that were going on with me.”
-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member