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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 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
Additional Practice Area
  • Social Security Disability
  • 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
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
Superb Rating
In 2010 and 2011 I was awarded AVVO's highest rating.
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
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
161 Questions Answered

Q. Does Virginia require an examination by their drs to close a workers comp case.
A: I am not sure it is usual. However, if they are offering you free examinations by a neurologist and a neuropsychologist, I would certainly attend these exams to make sure you don't have any further problems due to the accident. Your daughter can charge mileage to and from these exams at 55.5 cents per mile. She can decline but I would talk this over with an experienced workers compensation lawyer first before she did this.
Q. Can I return to work, different/same position, while waiting to see a doctor? Or while waiting to be approved?
A: If you can work, you should always work. Of course, you don't want to further injure your shoulder. The issue may be whether this is a continuation of your prior injury to your shoulder or a new injury. You should seek legal advice from an attorney who specializes in Virginia Workers' Compensation law.
Q. 2nd Degree burns with permanent Scar on forearm working fastfood is this a legit case to sue and what is reasonable
A: If you were injured at work, you can file a claim for permanet scarring with the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission if your scar is at maximum medical improvement.
Q. I was recently injured on the job and I was denied workers compensation because my work will not take care of it. Help?
A: There can be many reasons why a Claim is denied. All I can say is check with an experienced WC lawyer.
Q. I am being required to have a test done by my employers preferred doctor. I have already sent letters of results from my
A: Under Virginia Workers Compensation law, you have the right to request a panel of 3 authorized physicians from the employer or its WC insurance company. Then you can pick your treating doctor from the panel. The employer/insurer also has the right to send you to an Independent Medical Exam (IME). An IME is with a defense doctor and is usually not treatment, just an opinion. You might have to sign a medical release.
Q. I work as a bouncer and get paid cash nightly.I was injured and am out of work for minimum of two months. Am I entitled
A: Yes, if your employer had more than 2 employees regularly in service in Virginia. You should file a Claim for Benefits with the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission and consult an experienced Virginia work comp attorney.
Q. Filed a workers comp from coworker negligence
A: If your doctor states in writing your work injury is at Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) and you have permanent loss of use of the upper extremity (arm) and/or permanent scarring, you can file with the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission for Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Compensation. The doctor can do his own Permanent Impairment Rating or refer you to a physical therapy facility. You can get 2 weeks of compensation per percentage point of permanent loss of use of the arm. There is little compensation for a small surgical scar on an arm. There is no compensation for "pain and suffering" in Virginia Workers Compensation. However, you can settle your medical rights if you wish and the WC insurer agrees. It is best to contact an experienced Virginia work comp attorney.
Q. I am planning on working for a new company at the end of my claim. Will giving my 2 weeks while I'm still involved?
A: Giving your 2 weeks notice could adversely affect your rights to Virginia Workers Compensation payments, but it would not affect your medical rights. Therefore, you should contact an experienced Virginia work comp attorney BEFORE taking this step.
Q. What kinds of things typically come out during pretrial discovery in lawsuits?
A: For Virginia Workers Compensation, discovery usually entails evidence about the accident and injury, video surveillance of the accident and your post-injury activities, company policies, safety violations, preexisting conditions, job search information if released to light duty, etc. Do NOT respond to pretrial discovery or interrogatories from the defense attorney without first consulting an experienced Virginia work comp lawyer.
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