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Oakland Tug & Barge Accident Lawyer

Working aboard a tugboat or barge is a dangerous business. Deckhands, mates, engineers and captains suffer many injuries onboard tugboats. Line-handling, parting lines, slippery decks, falls off ladders, understaffed vessels and crew negligence all cause significant, severe and lasting injuries. The risk for injury is even greater when the horsepower of a tug is combined with the weight of a barge.

At Venardi Zurada, we have a deep understanding of the plight of working seamen, and we fight to ensure that they get the compensation they deserve when they are injured on the job. We take personal pride in fighting to ensure that fellow seafarers are protected when they get hurt performing their duties aboard a water vessel. If you have been injured while working aboard a tugboat or barge on the California coastline or any other navigable waters, our Oakland tug & barge accident lawyers are ready and eager to help you get the recovery you are owed.

Get the Compensation You are Owed After a Tug or Barge Injury

Because tugboat and barge workers operate on coastal, harbor, and inland waterways, workers aboard the vessels as well as dockworkers are protected by U.S. maritime law, under the provisions of the federal Jones Act. Many tugboats are privately owned, and the owners may operate on slim margins; this gives them incentives to cut corners, avoiding maintenance and safety requirements in the interest of being more efficient and saving a few extra dollars. This behavior, as well as the constant risk of inclement weather and other hazards, can lead to catastrophic injury for workers on the boat and on the dock.

Under the Jones Act, injured seamen can sue the ship’s captain and owner, and even fellow sailors, if they can demonstrate that the negligence or recklessness of these other parties contributed to the accident. In a Jones Act claim, injured sailors can recover a variety of damages, including living expenses while recuperating from injuries and medical bills generated as a result of the injury. In cases of gross negligence, such as an unseaworthy vessel or intoxicated captain, injured workers may be able to sue for punitive damages in addition to pain and suffering and loss of future income. Speak with a knowledgeable maritime injury lawyer at Venardi Zurada to learn what damages you may be able to recover after your tugboat or barge injury.

Experienced Admiralty Lawyers and Sailors

At Venardi Zurada, you get more than just seasoned personal injury attorneys with decades of experience collecting tens of millions of dollars for injured clients. You get more than our years of experience practicing employment law. You also get the benefit of our attorneys concentrating in admiralty and maritime law, as well as their personal experience living and working aboard seafaring vessels.

Celebrated maritime accident attorney Mark Venardi served in the United States Coast Guard for five years, performing search and rescue missions and sailing thousands of combined miles. His professional career before entering the legal practice included delivering sailboats and working on an offshore oil rig, in addition to being an avid sailor, motor boater, fisherman, wakeboarder, wake surfer, surfer, and waterman his entire adult life. Mark knows what it is like to be a working seaman, and he understands the industry. Through that experience, as well as years of professional practice in admiralty and maritime law, the tugboat and barge injury legal team at Venardi Zurada is uniquely qualified to help injured tug and barge workers recover the compensation they are owed under contractual and Jones Act obligations.

Maritime Lawyers Providing Expert Legal Service to Tug and Barge Accident Victims

If you or someone you care about has been hurt while working aboard a tugboat or barge in the Bay Area, the seasoned and effective Oakland tugboat and barge accident lawyers at Venardi Zurada, LLP are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. We have an in-depth knowledge of both maritime and employment law, as well as personal experience living and working aboard water vessels, and we bring that unique combination of experience to bear in securing the maximum recovery available for our injury clients. Call 925-937-3900 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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

  • 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 Oakland Injury Lawyer, the Stronger Your Chances for Recovery Will Become.

Contact the Oakland injury lawyers 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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