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Jerry Lutkenhaus

Jerry Lutkenhaus

Rated Best Workers Comp & Disability Lawyer in Central Virginia
  • Social Security Disability, 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
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Law Office of Jerry Lutkenhaus
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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
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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
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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
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203 Questions Answered

Q. SSDI asked for information to make a fully favorable decision on the record, after being denied, is that good news?
A: Since he is over 55 with less than a high school education and he cannot do his prior work, he should have a great chance. I base this opinion on 35 years of Social Security Disability practice in the Richmond, Virginia area.
Q. Can workers comp force a person to have surgery? My injury occurred on the job I was hit by a personal vehicle.
A: It is possible. If surgery is the only reasonable option, then the Workers Compensation Commission may order you to have the surgery. However, if there are other more conservative options, then you may not have to do this. You can contact me or another experienced Virginia Workers Compensation lawyer for further legal advice about your situation.
Q. Can I file a suit for workers comp injury that happened in 2014?
A: You generally have two (2) years from the date of your accident to file a claim for an accident at work with the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission. Sometimes, if your employer never reported the accident to the Commission, then you can use that omission as an excuse and file after the two (2) year statute of limitations. You can call the Commission to check if your accident was ever reported at: 1-877-664-2566.
Q. Is it legal for comp liaison for your company to go into your Dr appointments ? Even if you don't want them too ?
A: I have been practicing Workers Compensation law in Richmond, VA for over 35 years. I can tell you the nurse case manager who wants to be "push" and come into your examinations is a constant problem in Workers' Compensation cases. You can certainly advise the doctor you want a private exam. It is ultimately up to the doctor to decide how much interference he/she will tolerate from the nurse case manager.
Q. Can you loose your Lifetime medical award ?
A: In a way yes, if the authorized doctor says you no longer need medical care for your injury, then that is the effective end of your medical coverage. You can also lose medical care if you refuse medical care that could correct your medical problem. If losing medical care is an issue, you should contact an experienced WC lawyer to discuss your case.
Q. Injured on the job and haven't missed any time from work can you still file for wage loss benefits
A: If you were injured on the job and have not missed any time from work, then you cannot file for any wage loss benefits because you have "not" suffered any wage loss. You should contact the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission and make sure your a medical award is entered in your case. You can contact the Commission at 1-877-664-2566. You can file your claim on line.
Q. If my workers' compensation claim doesn't get approved, can I choose then to sue my employer for a personal injury if I
A: If your employer had workers compensation insurance that covered your accident, then your sole remedy for your injury at work is workers compensation. If your claim is denied, then you can ask for a hearing before the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission. You do not have a right to sue your employer for negligence. You only have that right if the employer does not have workers compensation insurance.
Q. When traditional methods of treatment don't work surgery is proposed what other options do you have if you don't want
A: You can try alternative methods such as physical therapy, aquatic therapy, chiropractors, accupunture, pain management, dry needling, spinal stimulator, etc. If you need more advice you should contact an experienced workers compensation lawyer.
Q. Received lifetime medical for my injury almost two years ago exactly 18 months. Seeing Ortho surgeon for a year. Tkr
A: I take it that you have an AWARD for lifetime medical benefits for your injury from the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission. If the proposed surgery is just proposed as an "option" then it may not be something you have to do. You should contact an experienced workers compensation lawyer to check on your rights in this matter.
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