Real Cases And Real Results
Building On A History Of Successful Representation
Over the years, Hochberg & Hamar, PLLC, has been instrumental in helping set legal precedents in workers’ compensation law and other injury cases.
Read about some of our cases and some testimonials from people who have been helped through the system by our dedicated team. Contact us to set up your FREE consultation.
Client Testimonial From an Injured Server
“The folks at Hochberg and Hamar law offices are thorough, attentive, and very kind. I knew nothing of dealing with L & I when I got injured at work and unfortunately, the company I worked for was self-insured so it was even more confusing. The paralegal (Amber Fillmore) that worked with me was amazing and so helpful. She helped me understand the different legal procedures and everything that was required of me. They are truly dedicated and compassionate and wonderful folks to have in your corner if you are injured at work.” -JM
Former Seahawk Wins Appeal
“After years of playing in the NFL, I was left with debilitating pain and memory problems. I faced opposition to my workers’ compensation claim at every step of the process, but Team Hochberg has been by my side through it all, helping me fight for compensation for the damage that football did to my mind and body.”
“Bill, Lillian, and the entire team employ their knowledge and attention to detail to give you faith and hope in protecting your rights. Their communication and commitment to the case and my family have given me comfort in what would be a stressful situation for anyone. No one ever plans to be in this situation, but know Bill Hochberg and his staff are there when it happens”!
– Jerry Wunsch, former Seattle Seahawk
Client Testimonial From An Injured Delivery Driver
“I spent a lifetime in labor-intensive jobs and worked for a major delivery company for the last 25 years. Just five years from my planned retirement, I injured my neck and shoulder after my employer forced me to work alone in a position now filled by two workers. Surgery to repair my injuries left me with debilitating pain and severe limitations in my arm.”
“As a result, I could no longer work or enjoy the retirement activities I had spent my entire adult life planning for. Mr. Hochberg and his team made sure I got the additional treatment I needed, including mental health services, along with a full pension! After some negotiation, Mr. Hochberg was even able to convince my employer to pay my litigation costs, which he told me employers are almost never willing to do.”
“Eliminating the stress of fighting for the benefits I was entitled to has been a huge relief and a big help to my recovery.” – M.S.
Client Testimonial From An Injured Longshoreman
“As a longshoreman, I was injured when the locking pin on my truck chassis failed, throwing my cab in the air and collapsing my lower back. This type of accident is frequently fatal, but as I expected my claim was immediately denied.”
“We all know you need an attorney immediately with this type of injury, so I contacted Bill. I feared we were facing an uphill battle fighting against the world’s largest container ship operator. I worried an attorney would look at my case and immediately give up, but throughout the process Bill was positive and reassuring. He didn’t just win a little, he won on all points of my case, and earned me a significant cash settlement as well as coverage for medical care I will need for the rest of my life.”
“When my employer started harassing me at home – setting up cameras pointing in my bedroom window in an attempt to disprove my injury – Bill immediately demanded they cease and desist or face an injunction, and I got my privacy back.”
“Immediately prior to the final judgment in my case, the attorneys for my employer followed Bill and me to lunch to propose a lowball settlement offer. Bill simply smiled and told me, ‘No matter what, we’ll get more than that.’ He is the best attorney I have ever dealt with, and years later I still recommend him to anyone I meet who faces a disability claim.” – GM
Testimonial From A Client With a Large Award
“Dear Bill and Crew, I want to express my great appreciation for your fantastic support through this LNI conflict with my former employer. You were always encouraging and positive when discussing the parameters of my case. Your knowledge and professionalism are amazing, and I feel very fortunate to have you as my representative. Thank you very much for all the hard work and diligence you put forward on my behalf.”
“I pursued this only because I truly believed my employer was wrong in their appeal, and I only wanted my surgical bills covered. I didn’t expect a large settlement and to be perfectly honest I was completely and more than pleasantly surprised by the settlement size.”
“Again, I thank you for your professionalism and all the hard work you have done for me.” – BR
Six-Figure Settlement For Metro Driver
Team Hochberg took on the case of a bus driver who developed lumbar and cervical impairment due to the hours spent on the job. Things got so bad he had trouble driving his own personal vehicle, too.
When Metro refused to pay for his medical treatment and loss of earning power, we took on his workers’ compensation case. After 18 months of fighting, we got him his loss of earning power and permanent partial disability worth over $115,000.
Pension For An Injured Seattle Seahawk
When Joe Tofflemire’s NFL career ended prematurely due to injuries, he discovered his significant physical limitations and chronic pain left him totally and permanently unable to work.
Our team not only helped Joe secure a lifetime pension from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, but we also ensured that his medical treatments and prescriptions were paid and that his pension benefits were correctly calculated.
Surgery For A Marine Diesel Mechanic
Scott Abbott was working as a marine diesel mechanic when he lifted a 100-pound piece of equipment and injured his back. While in recovery, he returned to work, slipped on ice, and fell. The second injury aggravated the first and Scott’s doctors told him he could no longer do the job he loved.
Following his job change, surgery, and therapy, the marine company’s insurance refused to pay and he came to us for help.
We negotiated with the insurance company and reached a settlement that provided Scott with a monthly annuity as well as a lump sum to pay off his debts and his medical bills.
Changing Hearing Loss Laws To Favor Workers
Throughout his long career at Buse Timber & Sales, Donald Harry was continually exposed to loud noises from heavy machinery. In 1974, during a routine workplace hearing test, hearing loss was detected in Don’s left ear, but the company did not tell him about it.
After Don retired in 2001, a doctor told him he was suffering from a 38.13% hearing loss in both ears due to his noise exposure. After we represented Don in his initial claim, the timber company wanted to limit Don’s award based on what he would have received in 1974.
Through an appeals process that went all the way to the Washington Supreme Court, we convinced the judges that Don should be paid based on the benefits schedule available in 2001. Don received an extra $21,000 in benefits and helped change Washington law so workers cannot be punished when their employers hide their occupational diseases from them.
Officer Injured In The Line Of Duty
After King County officer David Easterly’s patrol car was hit by a drug-impaired driver and David suffered heavy injuries to his knees and neck, the defendant’s insurance company refused to pay for its insured customer’s negligence.
Our team settled David’s case for $350,000 to compensate David and his family for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and his family’s loss of a loving father while he was recovering from the crash. Even with the insurance settlement, he is still eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.