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Oakland Car Accident Lawyers

Car accidents have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries, such as burns, brain trauma and even death. Even seemingly mild conditions could lead to losses you have not even started to consider.

Venardi Zurada has 35 years of protecting the interests of injured people in California. We are here to help you cut through self-serving insurance-company policies and access to the resources you need to truly recover.

Arm Yourself with Knowledge

Understanding your specific situation and its context is important. Legal analysis is probably the best way to avoid becoming a victim not only of negligent behavior, but also of predatory insurance tactics. No two situations are alike, so ensure you have relevant information for your case.

Seek Treatment for Injuries

Your first step after a serious auto accident should be to remain on the scene and seek professional medical attention for any injured people. This should help minimize damage to the greatest extent possible. It should also provide medical evidence that could later support your legal claim, if necessary.

Investigate the Incident

Collecting information is typically important, but so is the manner in which you gather your information. To start, you may want to do the following:

  • Collect personal contact information and witness testimony
  • Contact emergency services in the case of road debris, inebriated individuals or other situations requiring official intervention
  • Share your personal contact information to other drivers
  • Take photos and make personal notes regarding the accident scene
  • Call police for a collision report if you have doubts

If you do not have the capacity to do some of these things yourself, do not worry — your health should come first. However, it generally benefits a case to collect information as early on in the process as possible.

Avoid Damaging Your Case

As an injured person, your primary focus should be recovering from your injuries. Becoming distracted by insurance company tactics or losing patience with the personal injury legal process could lead to a less desirable outcome. Here are some things to avoid after a car accident:

  • Posting anything on social media without considering the effect on your case
  • Chatting with other parties or potential parties, such as other drivers or witnesses
  • Signing documents without understanding the full legal context
  • Discussing the accident with others
  • Providing recorded statements to insurance companies, such as recorded phone calls
  • Admitting fault of any kind

In general, insurance companies will work to minimize the amount of damages you have the potential to recover. It would probably be in your best interest to make this job as difficult as possible for them.

Know When To Ask for Help

Venardi Zurada has four offices, from the Bay Area up through Northern California — in Oakland, Orinda, Chico and Redding. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident, time is of the essence.  To schedule a free initial consultation, contact our office by calling 925-937-3900 today.

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You can be confident in relying on our zealous and effective Oakland personal 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.

Location1 OAKLAND

1418 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612
PH: 510-832-4295 PH: 510-832-4298 (Español)
FX: 510-832-4364

Location2 ORINDA

25 Orinda Way, Suite 250, Orinda, CA 94563
PH: 925-937-3900 PH: 510-832-4298 (Español)
FX: 925-937-3905

Location3 REDDING

1650 Oregon Street, Suite 201, Redding, CA 96001
PH: 530-830-3473 PH: 510-832-4298 (Español)