Maritime Accidents

San Francisco Bay Area Maritime Accident Lawyers

If You’ve Been Injured in a Maritime Accident, Know Your Rights

A maritime accident injury is  just one type of personal injury claim that we specialize in when fighting for our clients’ rights in court. For more about our personal injury services, please see our “Bay Area Personal Injury Attorney” page. Or for other types of personal injury claims we support, see the links below.

Seaman have the right to sue their employer for negligence or unseaworthiness of the vessel

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, contact Venardi Zurada LLP to learn whether you have a claim under the Jones Act or general maritime law. Our maritime lawyers represent people injured at sea and on the California Delta or lakes and rivers throughout California and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our Years of Experience on Boats Makes Us Uniquely Qualified

Attorney Mark Venardi served in the United States Coast Guard for five years. He also worked on an offshore oil rig for nearly two years, and has been an avid sailor, fisherman, wakeboarder, surfer, and waterman his entire adult life.  He has practiced maritime or admiralty law throughout his legal career. Based on our legal expertise and passion for the water, you could not be in better hands if you or someone you care about has been injured in a boat or watercraft accident or collision.

We practice maritime law in the following areas:

As maritime attorneys, we understand the dangers you face and how to best present your claim to maximize your recovery. For strong, experienced representation, contact us at 925-937-3900. We offer FREE consultations, and we collect no fees unless we make a recovery for you.

Why You Should Choose Our Attorneys to Help You

  • We have served the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years.
  • We have been honored with SuperLawyer, AV Rating, and Top 100 Trial Attorney awards.
  • We are respected by opposing counsel, feared by insurance companies, and followed by jurors.
  • We have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, recovering tens of millions for our clients.

Call Venardi Zurada LLP and our attorneys will provide you with details on why you should work with our team. Our professional colleagues throughout the state of California and nationwide know us as tenacious and strategic professionals who understand what it takes to win in court.


If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, please call our Bay Area personal injury law firm at (935) 937-3900 or submit the form to the right for a free case review.

If we are able to take your case, there is never any fee or expense to you of any kind until you get paid! That means we pay all litigation costs which you will not be required to pay back, and we only get paid if you get paid.

We have four offices to serve you in San Francisco, Oakland, San Rafael and Walnut Creek, and serve clients throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area including the entire Silicon Valley and throughout California.