For over 20 years, Mr. Hoffman has focused his practice exclusively on Workers' Compensation. Mr. Hoffman is experienced in handling all types of compensation cases from accidents to occupational claims. In addition to regularly appearing at administrative hearings and trials and engaging in motion practice, Mr. Hoffman has successfully litigated settlements for total lifetime disability on behalf of his clients at the trial level.
Mr. Hoffman has extensive experience with Medicare issues that arise in the course of Workers' Compensation cases. He routinely handles Medicare appeals and works to compromise and negotiate Medicare liens on behalf on the firm's clients. Mr. Hoffman also specializes in handling claims against uninsured employers. He is experienced in dealing with the Uninsured Employers' Fund to ensure his clients receive the compensation to which they are entitled.
Mr. Hoffman has argued on behalf of his clients before the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. In 2008, Mr. Hoffman successfully argued before the Supreme Court in the precedent setting case of Scroczynski v. Milek, securing disability benefits and payment of extensive outstanding medical bills on behalf of his client. Mr. Hoffman represented an injured worker whose employer's compensation insurance carrier denied coverage, leaving Mr. Hoffman's client with no access to disability benefits and over $600,000 in medical bills. Mr. Hoffman successfully argued in the Division of Workers' Compensation and the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, that the carrier's cancellation of the employer's policy was ineffective. The New Jersey Supreme Court granted leave to appeal in the case of first impression, the outcome of which had the potential to affect thousands of workers' compensation insurance policy throughout the state. The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Division in Mr. Hoffman's client's favor. The Sroczynski case is cited to in the Annotations to N.J.S.A. 34:15-81, the New Jersey Court Rules and frequently in case law involving the Substantial Compliance Doctrine, including the NJ Supreme Court case of US Bank National Assn. v. Guillaume. Mr. Hoffman's advocacy in the Scrocznski case has allowed other workers' compensation petitioners throughout New Jersey to make recoveries against insurance carriers who were attempting to disclaim coverage.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Hoffman worked as a corporate consumer advisor for a number of years before joining Loomis Armored Inc. as Associate General Counsel in 1988. In 1991, Mr. Hoffman entered the Workers' Compensation department at Freeman Bass where he developed a passion for ensuring just compensation for individuals injured while on the job. Mr. Hoffman joined the firm in 1992.
Mr. Hoffman is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association and the Middlesex County Bar Association. Mr. Hoffman served as a member of the Foundation of the Middlesex County Bar Association Committee.