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Oakland Maritime Accident Lawyer

Working aboard boats, floating work platforms, barges, or ships can be dangerous. Workers on vessels on the navigable waters typically do not have workers’ compensation coverage if they are injured on the job. Instead, these “seamen” have the right to sue their employer for negligence or unseaworthiness of the vessel, and they also have the right to collect a daily stipend called maintenance while they are recovering from injuries.

If you or someone you care about is injured while working aboard a vessel on the navigable waters, reach out to the dedicated and experienced maritime accident attorneys at Venardi Zurada to learn whether you have a claim under the Jones Act or general maritime law. Our Oakland maritime accident lawyers represent people injured at sea and on the California Delta, as well as anyone hurt on the lakes and rivers throughout the Bay Area and across the State of California.

Our Experience at Sea Makes Us Uniquely Qualified to Handle Maritime Injury Cases

Attorney Mark Venardi served in the United States Coast Guard for five years, performed search and rescue, and served on a marine law enforcement boarding party. Over a period of four years at sea, he sailed the waters from Nova Scotia to Venezuela on the East, and from Alaska to Hawaii on the West. He delivered 35 to 45-foot sailboats from New York to Florida. Mark also worked on an offshore oil rig for approximately 1.5 years, and he has been an avid sailor, motor boater, fisherman, wakeboarder, wake surfer, surfer, and waterman his entire adult life.

In addition to his personal life experiences at sea, Mark has been a practicing maritime and admiralty lawyer during his entire legal career. Our maritime injury legal team has years of experience representing clients injured in all manner of accidents, and our specialized experience in sailing, oil rigs, and admiralty law gives us a unique edge in maritime cases. Based upon our practical experience and legal expertise, you could not be in better hands with your Northern California maritime accident case.

Representing Clients Injured in All Manner of Maritime Accidents

  • Seaman / Jones Act Injuries – Workers injured aboard cruise ships, ferries, tour boats, barges, fishing vessels, and any other commercial vessel are entitled to compensation from their employers under the terms of the Jones Act. If you are a seaman injured on the job aboard a water vessel, the maritime injury lawyers at Venardi Zurada can help you seek the recovery you are owed.
  • Boating & Cruise Ship Injuries – We represent cruise ship passengers who were injured due to the negligence of cruise line operators and crew. If you had a slip-and-fall or other accident while aboard a cruise liner, we can help you recover for your injuries.
  • Commercial fishing accidents – Commercial fishermen face some of the most dangerous working conditions of any industry. When fishermen get hurt aboard commercial fishing boats, they have the right to collect damages against their employers or other negligent parties who caused their injuries.
  • Tug & Barge Injuries / Accidents – Deckhands, mates, engineers and captains aboard tugboats and barges are entitled to compensation when they are hurt on the job. The Jones Act provides relief for workers injured while aboard navigable water vessels.

Call a Seasoned Oakland Maritime Accident Lawyer For Help With a Maritime Injury Claim

If you or a loved one has been hurt while aboard a cruise ship, tugboat, barge, commercial fishing boat, or other seafaring vessel in the Bay Area, the Oakland admiralty law attorneys at Venardi Zurada, LLP, are prepared to help you get the compensation you are owed. We have a deep knowledge of admiralty law, employment law, contract law, and personal injury law, and we have a wealth of personal experience living and working aboard water vessels. Let us bring that unique combination of expertise to bear in helping you recover after your maritime 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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