Attorney for Injured and Disabled Workers Since 1973
For Virginia (VA) Workers' Compensation (WC) claims, injuries and accidents and Social Security Disability claims contact Jerry Lutkenhaus
"This is Jerry Lutkenhaus. For over 35 years, I have made it my mission and passion to provide the best legal services to injured and disabled workers. As a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated* attorney my depth of knowledge in the areas of workers' compensation and social security claims have included winning cases in these areas: injury denials, disputed claims, social security disability claims, accident appeals, and workers' compensation appeals."
*I was selected as one of the best attorneys in Central Virginia for workplace injuries in the July 1999 issue of Richmond Magazine. I received Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating in 2013 and AVVO's best rating in 2013. To find out how I can help you, call or email me for a free initial consultation.
CASE OF THE WEEK
Workers Compensation Settlement for Death in Truck Accident.
Ms. Dalton’s husband died when his pickup truck careened off the road and struck a tree. He was on a work errand heading to Petersburg. The insurer rejected her claim for death benefits stating the death was due to "unknown causes". Of course, the decedent could not testify about the cause of the accident. But, we were able to show the decedent died when his pickup truck hit the tree. Since he died right away, we were able to invoke the "death presumption" case law. Case law in Virginia had said in the past that if the worker is found dead at his place of employment then the law would presume the death was in fact caused by his employment.
Using this death presumption, we were able to reach a successful mediation of Ms. Dalton’s workers’ compensation death claim at the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. With a death of her husband, the widow was entitled to 500 weeks of compensation based on her husband’s salary of $1,500.00 a week.
My workers' compensation assistance is based on experience and characterized by personalized, thorough care. I have helped countless clients navigate through the often-frustrating process of obtaining benefits for their workplace injuries. Find out how I can help you in the following:
- Neck & Back Injury
- Arm & Hand Injury
- Leg, Knee & Foot Injury
- Permanent Total Disability Compensation
Social Security Disability Lawyer
The other part of my practice and experience has to do with obtaining Social Security disability benefits for my clients when injuries have affected their ability to work. In addition to neck and back injuries, I also address matters with clients such as:
Having an attorney with the experience and skill to lead you through the processes associated with Virginia workers' comp or Social Security disability following your injury or disability is critical. Get the support you need to pursue the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured on the job or have suffered an injury or disease that makes it impossible for you to perform your daily work duties, contact The Law Offices of Jerry Lutkenhaus today. For a free initial consultation, call (804) 554-3168 or email us.
* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.