Oakland Neglect & Abuse Lawyer
If you or someone you care about has survived abuse or neglect while at their most vulnerable, you and your family have the right to seek justice. Children, disabled people and elderly individuals rely on the care and protection of parents, schools, nursing care providers, and other individuals and entities. When that reliance is betrayed, either through negligence or deliberate acts of abuse, you have the right, and the obligation, to fight back. The Oakland abuse & neglect lawyers at Venardi Zurada are here to help you recover against abusive foster parents, negligent nursing homes, and ineffectual governmental agencies for the harm that their actions and inactions have caused you and your family.
The Difference Between Neglect and Abuse
Neglect and abuse are often lumped together for the purposes of nursing home abuse, child abuse, malpractice, and other types of injury claims. The personal injury attorneys at Venardi Zurada represent victims of both negligence and abuse in a variety of forms, seeking compensation for the injuries they suffer as a result. There are, however, important distinctions between the two.
Neglect refers to a violation of a duty of care owed to another person. When a person takes in a foster child, for example, they are taking on the normal duties of parentage. Parents are responsible for keeping their children fed, sheltering them, and protecting them against foreseeable harm. Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are responsible for ensuring that residents under their care get proper nutrition and hydration, that they get the medical treatment they need, and that they are regularly observed to ensure that they do not get hurt by external forces or themselves. Failing to give nursing home residents the food and liquid they need, failing to check on them and move them to avoid bedsores, or failing to respond to obvious medical issues would all be a violation of the duty of care that nursing homes owe residents, and would thus constitute neglect. Likewise, subjecting children to malnutrition or dehydration could be a form of child neglect.
Abuse, on the other hand, concerns deliberate acts of harm perpetrated against vulnerable individuals. Foster home parents who abuse their wards, nursing home staff who attack, belittle, or sexually molest their patients, and anyone else who deliberately harms the very people they are charged with protecting and caring for must be held accountable for their wrongdoing. Abuse can be physical, such as by punching, kicking, choking, or shaking residents. Abuse can also be emotional or psychological, such as by demeaning, threatening, or deliberately ignoring elderly nursing home residents.
Representing Abused Children, Disabled, and Elderly Victims
The abuse and neglect attorneys at Venardi Zurada represent the survivors of abuse and negligence, regardless of the nature of the client and the specifics of the conduct. Our dedicated areas of practice include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Nursing Home Injuries and Abuse – The neglect and abuse attorneys at Venardi Zurada represent victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. If your elderly or disabled loved one appears to be suffering from malnutrition, dehydration, unexplained injuries, sudden mental decline, bedsores, or other indicators of nursing home abuse or neglect, the Oakland nursing home negligence attorneys at Venardi Zurada can help you protect your family and recover compensation.
- Foster Home Abuse – Every year, thousands of children are placed into foster care. Unfortunately, not every foster parent is in it for the right reasons. Many foster parents either neglect their wards or perpetrate acts of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. The state agencies that govern California’s foster care system may be just as responsible for these acts of abuse through their own negligence and inaction. If you were abused in a foster home as a child, the Oakland abuse and neglect attorneys at Venardi Zurada could help you seek justice against your abusers and anyone else responsible for the harm you have suffered. Recovery might be available even if the abuse occurred many years ago.
Call for Help With a Neglect or Abuse Injury Claim in Oakland
If you or someone you love has been the victim of abuse or neglect while in a vulnerable state, reach out to a compassionate and understanding Oakland neglect and abuse lawyer at Venardi Zurada, LLP. We can help you protect your loved ones and seek the justice that you and your family deserve. We fight to take abusers and their enablers to task, even if a long time has passed. To arrange a free consultation, call 925-937-3900 or contact us online.
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.