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Oakland Commercial Fishing Accident Lawyer

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. The fatality rate for commercial fishing is 29 times higher than the national average for other industries. Almost half of commercial fishermen deaths occurred after a vessel disaster. Fishermen put themselves at risk of severe injury or death on a daily basis in order to provide the fish for our markets and restaurants.

Whether you are a deckhand, captain, processor, or engineer, if you were injured while working on a commercial fishing vessel, you might be entitled to compensation. The Oakland commercial fishing accident attorneys at Venardi Zurada are here to help. Legal claims resulting from injuries sustained aboard a commercial vessel on navigable waters are based upon the Jones Act, which is much more generous than workers’ compensation. We understand the dangerous nature of your job, and we have significant experience representing injured workers in Jones Act and general maritime accident claims. We represent trollers, crabbers, lobstermen, workers aboard clam and scallop boats, longliners, swordfish and tuna fishermen, processing vessels, shrimpers, and all other types of commercial fisherman.

Recovering Damages After a Fishing Injury

If you were hurt while working aboard a commercial fishing boat, you might be entitled to compensation under the Jones Act. Because commercial fishermen work off the coast or on navigable waters, they are not protected by state workers’ compensation laws. They are also not bound by workers’ comp limitations. Instead, injured fishermen can bring a negligence lawsuit against their employers and other parties through a Jones Act claim.

Under the terms of the Jones Act, a seaman (meaning anyone who works aboard a water vessel that operates on navigable waters) who is injured while working aboard a vessel can bring a lawsuit against their employer or other responsible parties. The injured worker must demonstrate that their employer or other party acted negligently in a manner that caused the accident. Injured workers can recover a variety of damages, including past and future lost wages, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life enjoyment, emotional distress, and others. Discuss your accident with a knowledgeable Oakland commercial fisherman injury lawyer to evaluate the types of damages to which you may be entitled in a Jones Act lawsuit.

Types of Commercial Fishing Accidents

Commercial fishing is extremely dangerous and poses many risks. A variety of accidents and injuries can occur aboard a commercial fishing vessel. Some of the more common accidents and incidents that may occur include the following:

  • Crane and winch failures
  • Limbs caught in machinery, netting, cables, or rigging
  • Cable and line bites
  • Slips, trips, and falls on slippery decks, ladders, and gangways
  • Hands and fingers crushed in machinery or due to improperly secured portholes and hatches
  • Lack of proper safety equipment
  • Ignoring hazardous weather and other dangerous conditions
  • Falling through open hatches
  • Improper operation of machinery by a captain, crew member, or contractor

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of all of the commercial fishermen who were killed on the job died after a vessel disaster. Another 30 percent of the fatalities occurred when a fisherman fell overboard, 12 percent died from injuries sustained onboard the vessel, and the remaining nine percent died while diving or as a result of other onshore injuries.

Whatever the nature of your accident, if you were hurt in your capacity as a commercial fisherman, you could be entitled to compensation. A seasoned Oakland commercial fishing accident attorney at Venardi Zurada can help you build a strong case for recovery and work to maximize your available damages.

Experienced Maritime Accident Lawyers Serving Injured Commercial Fisherman

If you or someone you love has been hurt while working in commercial fishing off the California coast or anywhere in the Bay Area, reach out to the Oakland maritime attorneys at Venardi Zurada, LLP, to fight for the compensation you are owed. Our seasoned admiralty and maritime law attorneys have years of dedicated maritime law practice, as well as a personal history living and working aboard water vessels. We are ready to bring that unique combination of expertise to bear in helping you recover after your commercial fishing injury. Call 925-937-3900 or contact us online for a free consultation.

You can be confident in relying on our zealous and effective Oakland litigators:

  • We have served Northern California for over 35 years.

  • Our attorneys have been honored with numerous accolades, including SuperLawyers, AV Rating, and Top 100 Trial Attorney Awards.

  • In our decades of legal service to the community, we have garnered a substantial reputation. We are respected by opposing counsel, feared by insurance companies, and followed by jurors.

  • We combine Big Firm experience with boutique office attention and care. Several of our attorneys have experience working for the biggest law firms in the country, including the most prominent maritime defense law firm. Our attorneys rely on that big-firm know-how but prefer the personal touch of a smaller firm, allowing us to provide individualized and attentive representation to each of our clients.

  • We’ve been through it, too. Attorney Mark Venardi had to personally deal with a medical malpractice injury he suffered at a time when he was working a blue-collar job on an offshore oil rig; he knows what it’s like to be a working man dealing with a personal injury. He built his way up to working for the biggest maritime defense firm in the country, before deciding to focus on helping people like himself who were hurt by negligence and mistreatment from others.

  • We like to fight for the underdog. Attorney Martin Zurada is an immigrant and the son of immigrants who tirelessly worked his way up through education and experience to attain the American dream. Even though he has served in large, high-level litigation law firms, he prefers helping clients directly, fighting against injustices, and securing victories for the little guy who has been wronged.

  • We win. We have secured multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. In our combined tenure, we have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients across our broad areas of practice.

  • We care first and foremost about our clients. We dedicate ourselves to serve each and every client personally, and we make ourselves available to our clients around the clock.

  • There is no cost to you until we win. If we don’t make a recovery for you, we will not collect a fee. And all initial consultations are free of charge.

Dedicated Areas of Practice

We offer a wide range of litigation services for Oakland personal injury and employment law clients. Specifically, our areas of dedicated practice span the following issues:

Employment Law. California employers must assure proper pay to employees and comply with a variety of rules and regulations to prevent discrimination and unfair treatment of employees. We represent victims of wage and hour violations, employment discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and any other form of California workplace mistreatment. If you believe you were treated inappropriately at work, we can help.

Personal Injury. If you’ve been injured due to another’s negligence, you deserve compensation. That’s where we come in. As Oakland personal injury attorneys, we right the wrongs done to our clients. And we do it at our cost during the entire duration of your case. There is never any fee until we win. Give us a call if you have been hurt in a car accident, by a toxic spill or contamination, as a result of medical malpractice, due to abuse or neglect, in a maritime accident, by a vicious animal attack, or any other incident caused by someone else’s negligence.

The Sooner You Speak to an Attorney, the Stronger Your Chances for Recovery Will Become.

Contact the Oakland litigation attorneys at Venardi Zurada today, and let’s get started. We are available to talk any time, so whether you call, email or chat online, we’ll respond and set up an appointment to meet you. We have several Spanish speakers in the office and welcome the opportunity to cater our services to Oakland’s Spanish-speaking population. You pay no fee until we win for you, so you have nothing to lose by contacting our office for a free consultation. The sooner you call, the faster we can start getting results for you. Call 925-937-3900.

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