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Stephen Laurence Hoffman
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Stephen Hoffman’s Legal Cases

13 total


  • Workers' Compensation

    Practice Area:
    Workers Compensation
    Date:
    Sep 07, 2009
    Outcome:
    Settlement
    Description:
    No one wants to get hurt on the job, however this is precisely what happened to one of my clients. He was on a sales call, showing products to a customer, when he fell approximately 10 feet to the ground, fracturing his wrist. Initially, the only complaints my client had were severe pain to the right (dominant) hand and wrist and some mild pain in the right shoulder. The wrist was fitted with a cast and the fracture healed rather quickly, however my client was experiencing increasing pain in the right shoulder and an MRI revealed a massive tear of the rotator cuff. Surgical correction was performed and my client was instructed to perform very limited work and to use his left hand (nearly) exclusively. Despite following the doctor’s guidelines and performing his regular sales job within the limitations given, he started to experience severe pain in his left shoulder. Another MRI disclosed a large tear in the rotator cuff of the left shoulder, which the treating doctor opined was caused by the left handed work. Surgery was performed again and future surgeries may be necessary. Ultimately, this case was settled using a structured settlement, which guaranteed my client nearly $210,000 of tax-free money, a good portion of which was paid in a lump sum up front.
  • Policy Limits/UIM

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Jun 15, 2010
    Outcome:
    Settled for Full Policy Limits
    Description:
    My client was injured in an automobile collision, suffering a severely fractured arm requiring open reduction and surgical fixation and months of rehabilitation. The car primarily responsible for her injuries only had limited auto insurance policy limits. Fortunately, these were high enough so that all of her bills could be paid and she still wound up with a large settlement. Unfortunately, she is still not fully compensated, which is where underinsurance motorist coverage comes into play. I am currently pursuing the insurance policy of the driver of my client's vehicle so that I am able to obtain enough funds to make my client "whole" and restore her to how she was prior to the incident.
  • $650,000.00 Settlement without trial

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    Settled for $650,000.00
    Description:
    Our client, a nurse in her mid-40s, was T-boned while a passenger in a car driven by her fiance (now husband). The driver of the other vehicle, a teenager, disregarded the red light, going approximately 45 miles per hour. The client underwent back surgery, knee surgery, and has permanent nerve damage down her left leg but has recovered sufficiently to move forward with her life.
  • Workers' Comp-2 bad shoulders

    Practice Area:
    Workers Compensation
    Outcome:
    Settlement
    Description:
    Our client, a gentleman in his mid-60s, fell from a truck gate fracturing his wrist and injuring his right shoulder. Later, after undergoing right shoulder surgery for a massive tear of the rotator cuff, he was allowed one armed left handed work, which led to him tearing the left rotator cuff and undergoing surgical repair of that side as well. Following negotiations, a structured settlement was reached, leaving our client with a medical set aside (Medicare Set Aside) of nearly $73,000.00 to pay for any future medical costs or surgeries related to these injuries PLUS approximately $160,000.00 in fresh settlement money to compensate him for the permanent nature of his injuries. Nearing retirement, we are happy to report he is back at work in sales and still active athletically.
  • Compensation for Burned Child

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    May 21, 2013
    Outcome:
    Nearly $100,000.00 for minor. Minor received majority of homeowner's insurance policy and some compensation from manufacturer or deep fryer.
    Description:
    Children playing hide and seek in neighbor child's garage bumped into deep fryer with still-hot oil inside and client burned seriously. After 2 debridement surgeries, still visible scarring. Minimal homeowner's insurance policy.
  • Cops Pay for Running Stop Sign

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Aug 30, 2013
    Outcome:
    Client received payment and compensation without litigation for neck, back, and head injuries, lost wages, pain & suffering, and loss of a normal life.
    Description:
    Client driving. Proceeds after stopping for stop sign only to be broadsided by police officer who blew his stop sign. Client received compensation for neck, back, and head injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of a normal life. Settled without litigation
  • Long Wait Is Worthwhile

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Jun 26, 2013
    Outcome:
    Nearly $22,000.00 for Plaintiff.
    Description:
    Twentysomething client, driving her mother and brother, is struck by a 15 year old driving on a learner's permit, after the adult in his car causes him to panic and disregard the red light, turning into and striking the Client. Insurance company contested nearly all injuries, despite MRI and CT scans, and Plaintiff/Client's testimony of radiation into limbs (nerve issues). After case set for trial, insurer finally agreed to Alternative Dispute Resolution. Result was favorable to Plaintiff, with money awarded for medical and pain and suffering.
  • Employer Shoulders Responsibility for Injury At Work

    Practice Area:
    Workers Compensation
    Date:
    Aug 30, 2013
    Outcome:
    Client received a settlement in excess of $35,000.00
    Description:
    Client, a woman in her 50s, fell on a wet floor at the bakery where she was employed, striking her head on the wall and falling awkwardly into the wall with her arm, tearing her rotator cuff and requiring surgery. After many months of recovery, the employer's workers' compensation carrier agreed to pay the client/petitioner fair compensation for her injuries.
  • Clent Struck by Cart Receives Compensation

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Jun 28, 2013
    Outcome:
    $14,000.00
    Description:
    Client, who had just completed work at the airport, was walking in the corridor when a food service vendor ran his cart into her leg. Client missed several months of work (unable to walk or stand without pain), but had almost no medical expenses or treatment. Workers' comp denied claim, as client was off work at the time. Food cart vendor paid for medical expenses, lost wages, pain & suffering, and disfigurement (a small scratch by achilles).
  • Truck Rear Ender

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    Nov 01, 2013
    Outcome:
    Settled for $500,000.00
    Description:
    Semi traveleling too fast for conditons in a construction zone rear ended my client, causing damage to her dominant shoulder and both hips, as well as neck and back. After several surgeries, her condition stabilized.