Our client went to work one day, and his whole life changed.

At just 28 years old, our client was injured so severely that he could no longer work to make ends meet for his family.

When the injury occurred, our client was a marine construction worker working on a wharf construction project in the Port of Newark. While he was assisting with pile-driving activities, a high-pressure hose discharged and caused him to be lifted into the air before being thrown to the ground. He suffered a serious back injury.

His injuries were so significant that he could not return to work as a dock builder. As a father of two toddlers, he tried everything that he could to make ends meet. He worked as a car salesman, a shoe salesman, a bread delivery truck driver, and a dishwasher, but none of these jobs paid enough to provide for his family and his body could not handle the physical demands of the jobs.

Legal Recovery Helps Dockworker and Family

Our experienced maritime lawyers fought hard to help our client recover a fair settlement pursuant to all applicable laws.

We secured benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and brought a Jones Act lawsuit for employer negligence and vessel unseaworthiness. The drill rig used to install the new pilings was mounted from a barge supported crane, and Paul Hofmann built a convincing case supported by documentary evidence showing that there was a significant maritime connection to the work being performed.

Mr. Hofmann settled the case for $575,000.00 with a lien waiver in excess of $235,000.00, resulting in a total settlement value in excess of $810,000.00 for our client.

All maritime construction workers who are hurt on the job deserve to make fair and full recoveries, just like our client did after his injury. If you are a marine construction worker and you’ve been hurt, then we encourage you to read the answer to one of our commonly asked questions, What are My Rights If I’m Injured as a Marine Construction Worker in the State of New York?, and to contact us directly through this website or by phone to schedule a free consultation.


Paul T. Hofmann
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Focused on personal injury, with an emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims.

DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the clients' cases and should not be used to form an expectation that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client's case.