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Jerry Lutkenhaus

Jerry Lutkenhaus

Rated Best Workers Comp Lawyer in Central Virginia
  • Social Security Disability/SSI, Workers' Compensation
  • Iowa, Virginia
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Virginia Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability Attorney for over 35 years, rated "superb" by AVVO, and rated best workers compensation lawyer in Central Virginia in Richmond Magazine. I have been representing injured and disabled workers on their claims, appeals and disputes in the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission, Virginia Court of Appeals, Virginia Supreme Court, and the United States District Courts. Frequent lecturer for Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

Practice Areas
  • Social Security Disability/SSI
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Law Office of Jerry Lutkenhaus
- Current
Law Office dedicated to provide aggressive legal services for the injured and disabled worker in the areas of Virginia Workers Compensation & Social Security Disability
Managing Attorney
Central Virginia Legal Aid Society
University of Iowa
J.D. (1973) | Law
Activities: Student Legal Clinic
Iowa State University
B.S. | History and English
Honors: Phi Alpha Theta Honorary
Highest Rating for Legal Excellence AV
Martindale Hubbell
This reflects their highest rating for legal ability & ethics.
Superb Rating 10.0
Service Award
West Richmond Rotary
Slected as Best Attorney for Workers Compensation in Central Virginia
Richmond Magazine
This was based on a survey of 2,000 lawyers in the Richmond area.
Service Award
Central Virginia Legal Aid Society
Professional Associations
Virginia Workers' Compensation Inns of Court
- Current
Henrico Bar Association
- Current
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- Current
National Organization of Social Security Represenatives
- Current
Richmond Bar Association
- Current
Virginia State Bar
- Current
Iowa State Bar Association
- Current
West Richmond Rotary
Committee Chairman
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Guest Lecturer
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Adjunct Professor
Articles & Publications
Social Security Tips for Workers Compensation Lawyers
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Virginia Workers Compensation Tips
Speaking Engagements
Social Security Disability for Workers Compensation Lawyers, VTLA, Richmond, VA
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Social Security Representative
Nationial Organization of Social Security Representatives
Legal Answers
183 Questions Answered

Q. I need serious help to get a case overturned.
A: If you have already had a hearing it may be too late for another attorney to do anything but you can certainly contact me or another experienced Virginia Workers Compensation lawyer for a consultation.
Q. I was injured at work. I was told they are taking my personal time off to “ pay “ me for the time I,m missing. correct?
A: If you are out less than 7 days, workers Compensation does not cover you. Once you exceed 7 days Workers Compensation does cover you. That may be why you were asked to take your personal time. Now that you are going to be out more than 21 days Workers Compensation should pay you from the date of the accident and reimburse you for the personal time you had to use.
Q. Years ago, injured at work, had surgery, recovered and returned to work.
A: If you have an award from the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission for lifetime medical coverage, you can obtain a copy of that award by contacting the Commission at 1-877-664-2566. They can look it up for you.
Q. PT told my wife her severe vertigo is related to multiple concussions she received from students at school, which were
A: If she has a disability due to a work-related injury, she first needs to have notified her employer of the accident giving rise to this disability within thirty (30) days of the accident. Then, she needs to have filed a claim with the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission for the accident within two (2) years of the date of the accident. You indicated these were multiple incidents over a period of time. Also, a physical therapist is not a doctor. Usually, a concussion is treated by a neurologist. If she has not done so, she needs to see a neurologist for this concussion. If she has seen a neurologist before, then she should present the physical therapist statement about the vertigo to the neurologist to see if he agrees this was caused by a concussion she suffered in a work accident. If she has a prior award for the concussion, then she has two (2) years from the date of the last time she was paid compensation under the concussion award to file a change of condition claim to claim a new period of disability due to his concussion caused vertigo. You may be well-advised to seek an experience workers compensation lawyer for this problem.
Q. Is there a maximum number of workers' compensation claims a person can file in a given amount of time?
A: I know of no limit. However, why would you want to file more than one per Injury?
Q. I was awarded benefits for a work injury in VA now the ins comp wants to settle but they say I have to resign; true?
A: The value of your claim is determined by “future” lost wages and “future” medical expenses. You say you are “healed” and I assume you are back at work. This may mean you have no “future” lost wages and no “future” medical expenses. If so, the insurer has no exposure to further expenses. There is one other possibility. Your leg can be rated for permanent loss and you can be paid for this. For example, the doctor could say you have lost 10% of your leg due to this injury. Your job may be more valuable to you then a small settlement. Contact me if you need further advice.
Q. February 2016 I was hurt at work, my injury was herniated disc (L4,L5) I have had two lumber surgeries.
A: You had a serious injury. You indicate you will have pain for the rest of your life. If you have an award, then you have lifetime medical coverage for this injury. You indicated you completed an FCE. This probably gave you permanent work restrictions. You are currently being job placed by the insurance company; however, you indicate you have found a job on your own and you wonder what impact this will have on a settlement. The insurance company looks at exposure. What will it have to pay you in compensation and what will it have to pay you for future medical expenses. If you have a "new light duty job" then the insurer may not have to pay any more compensation or it will have to pay less in compensation if you are not making your pre-injury salary. Thus, the new job unfortunately will cause the value of any settlement to be reduced because now the insurance company has less exposure. I am basing this opinion on representing claimants with serious injuries for 35 years in the state of Virginia. You need to obtain legal advice quickly before you mess up your case. Many attorneys (who only specialize in workers compensation) like me will provide you a free consultation.
Q. If I'm required to hire an expert to ensure I secure workers' comp benefits, does my employer have to pay for their fees
A: Unfortunately, the answer is no you cannot recover the costs of obtaining an expert to win your case. Of course, the employer and its insurer cannot recover the costs of their experts from you.
Q. What if we never hear from Social Security?
A: If you filed in August of 2017, then it usually takes Social Security at least 120 days to render its initial decision. Usually, it takes that long for Social Security to send for and receive your medical records. If your claim is denied, then you should contact a lawyer such as myself for legal representation. Contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 for the status of your case.
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