Commercial Fisherman Injuries/Accidents

San Francisco Bay Area Commercial Fisherman Accident Lawyers

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

A commercial fishing 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.

For commercial fisherman according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations with a fatality rate 39 times higher than the national average.  Fishermen put themselves at risk for serious injury or death on a daily basis.

Whether you are a deckhand, captain, processor, or engineer, if you were injured while working on a commercial fishing vessel you may be entitled to receive compensation based upon the Jones Act, which is much more generous than workers’ compensation.  We understand the dangerous nature of your job, and we have significant experience representing injured workers in Jones Act and general maritime law claims.

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

Mark Venardi served in the United States Coast Guard for 5 years, performed search and rescue, over a period of 4 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 has been an avid sailor, motor boater, fisherman, wakeboarder, wake surfer, surfer, and waterman his entire adult life.  In addition to his personal life, Mark has been a practicing maritime or admiralty lawyer his entire legal career.  Based upon our practical experience and legal expertise, you could not be in better hands.

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
  • Honored with SuperLawyer, AV Rating, Top 100 Trial Attorney Awards
  • Respected by opposing counsel, feared by insurance companies, followed by jurors
  • Multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements; recovered tens of millions for our clients

Call Venardi Zurada LLP and our maritime injury attorneys will show you, not just tell you.  Our professional colleagues, experts, opponents, insurance companies and judges all know us as tough, hard-working, smart and strategic professionals that tear into big and tough cases and drive our strategy to maximize the results of each client matter.


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.