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Social Security Disability Testimonials

 



 
 
ARM | NECK
S. M. Hart — As a VCU customer service rep, I attempted to continue working even though I had suffered neck problems that resulted in multiple cervical operations. Finally, I was unable to work and filed for disability. When I was denied, I went to Mr. Lutkenhaus because I was told he was one of the best disability lawyers in Richmond. He and his staff were very patient with me because I did not understand the Social Security Disability process. They helped me win my hearing which included 2 years of back benefits. They do great work in disability cases, so I will be referring anyone who needs a top-notch disability lawyer to Mr. Lutkenhaus.

T. Moore — I had a cervical fusion. When I applied for Disability, Social Security said my last insured date was in 2007 and I was no longer eligible. I had terrible neck pain after my fusion and could not work even though I was only 44 years old. I searched for the best Social Security lawyer on the internet and found the Lutkenhaus Law Firm. He worked with my doctors to show I had been disabled all the way back in 2006. I never thought it was possible. He is a miracle worker.

C. Minor — I injured my neck and required a cervical fusion in Mechanicsville, Virginia. I was recommended to Mr. Lutkenhaus by another lawyer. He won my Social Security disability case and we definitely need more lawyers like Mr. Lutkenhaus.

Mr. Clark — I injured my right arm at work in Warsaw, Virginia. Mr. Lutkenhaus won Social Security Disability for me because my IQ and arm injury prevented me from doing any other work. Also, he settled my Workers' Comp case for the same reasons.

Mr. Wright — I had a cervical fusion but still suffered from significant pain and numbness in my arms. Mr. Lutkenhaus won my Disability case for me in Farmville, Virginia.
 
ARTHRITIS | EHLERS-DANLOS
S. A. Young — I have congestive heart failure, arthritis, diabetes. I am bipolar, can barely walk, and have shortness of breath. Despite all my problems, I tried to work until I could not do it any longer. I tried to get Social Security Disability, but I did not work long enough to be eligible. Then I applied for SSI, but that was denied because I wasn't even 50 years old yet. Mr. Lutkenhaus took my case before a Richmond Judge and won. I got over $18,000 in SSI back benefits. Now I get SSI and Medicaid. I thank him every day for making my life easier.

W. Cansler — I received over $30,000.000 in back benefits after Mr. Lutkenhaus won my Disability case for my arthritis and other conditions.P. Ruffin — I had multiple orthopedic problems in Midlothian, Virginia but Social Security said I could still work in a sit-down job. I had never had a sit-down job. He took my case to Court and proved I could not work. He got me my benefits that I had worked for all my life.

V. Grattan — The Social Security Judge denied the my Disability claim for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, but with the help of Mr. Lutkenhaus, our appeal to U.S. District Court reversed the Judge's decision.
 
BACK | LUMBAR SPINE
R. Flanders — I am 54 with chronic pain due to a back problem, fibromyalgia, and other problems. Social Security denied my claim, so I found Lutkenhaus in the phone book. We won my claim, and now I have income and I'm no longer homeless. I think him and his staff every day.

C. Satterfield — I am only 28 years old and I suffered a back injury in a motor vehicle accident. Despite medical care, I developed a debilitating chronic pain condition which has kept me house-bound and I was denied disability. I was referred to Mr. Lutkenhaus by another lawyer. I am very pleased with his services. Mr. Lutkenhaus shows compassion and understanding that makes a difference. His services are excellent and I would recommend him to anyone. He got me my Social Security Disability after two hearings before the judge. The judge initially thought I had a bad claim but he proved her wrong.

R. Lento — I contacted Richmond, Virginia Social Security Lawyer Gerald Lutkenhaus because my Social Security disability claim was denied. We lost in front of the Judge in Richmond, but Lutkenhaus did not give up. He appealed the case to the Social Security Appeals Council in Northern Virginia, reversed the judge, and got a new Social Security disability hearing. I had fluid on my spine, numbness in both legs, and pain radiating down my right leg. I am 63 years old. The first judge said I could do my old job as a bank manager. Lutkenhaus proved I could not do this and we won in front of the second judge. He did a wonderful job on my case and got me back Social Security benefits to 2009.

Ms. Lewis — Mr. Lutkenhaus won my Social Security Disability case by showing I could not do my past work as a housekeeper or any other work because of my back problems and lack of education.

J. Walker — I claimed disability due to a back injury in Farmville, Virginia. My case was denied twice but another attorney said call Lutkenhaus and I did and I got my disability.

J. Cooper — I injured my right knee and back in Chesterfield, Virginia and could not work.
Attorney Lutkenhaus handled my Disability Case and took all the stress off me. I would recommend him to other people for injuries and disabilities in a second.

C. Hall — I had cervical and lumbar injuries in Blackstone, Virginia and was denied Disability. Mr. Lutkenhaus is a fabulous attorney. Rose, his paralegal, was a Godsend and very down to earth. They stuck with me and I have recommended him to all my friends.

R. Jarrell — Mr. Lutkenhaus got me Disability when he proved I could not do light work due to disc injuries and lumbar stenosis.

W. Kierson — I had a back injury I got at work in Amelia County, Virginia that rendered me so disabled I could barely walk. Mr. Lutkenhaus got me 500 weeks of compensation, $150,000.00, and Social Security Disability. He is the only reason I am alive today and can support my wife. I have referred all my friends to him. I even referred my son to him so he could handle his case.

C. Olverson — Mr. Lutkenhaus won my Social Security Disability case for me after showing I could no longer do light duty work because of my spinal stenosis.

D. Stancil — I had a lumbar spinal fusion in Chester, Virginia but still had severe back pain and could not work. No one would take my case. Mr. Lutkenhaus won my case and he and his paralegal kept me up to date each step of the way. I thank them very much and I recommend him highly.

St. Clair — Mr. Lutkenhaus won my Disability case after proving I could not do any work due to AIDS and back problems.

S. Cooke — I had a collapsed disc in my back, but the Social Security Judge did not want to accept the report of my chiropractor. I was in so much pain, I could not even think. As a good Disability Attorney, Mr. Lutkenhaus found a way to win my case.

Williams — I am a 53-year-old with a bad back and Mr. Lutkenhaus won my Disability case.

Ms. Baker — Mr. Lutkenhaus managed to get me Disability for my obesity and back problems.

R. Locksley — I had a bad back injury in Petersburg, Virginia. But I could not get disability and was turned down twice. I chose Mr. Lutkenhaus for my Social Security Disability attorney because I heard he was good on disability. He proved it by winning my case.

W. Dyson — I had a bad back and couldn't get disability on my own. But you can rest assured when Mr. Lutkenhaus is your disability attorney. I recommend him to friends and relatives in Amelia County.

C. Wilson — I had a back injury and it was difficult for me to work due to my learning disability, but Mr. Lutkenhaus got me Social Security Disability and also worked out a settlement of my Workers' Comp claim. He did a wonderful job.
 
BRAIN TUMOR | EPILEPSY | HEAD TRAUMA | MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS) | SEIZURES | STROKE
S. Woodhauser — I suffer from Sarcoidosis and Multiple Sclerosis. The Social Security doctor said I had good range of motion in all my joints, that my MS was in remission and I could do light work. Attorney Lutkenhaus showed that the SS doctor overlooked my chronic fatigue, which prevents me from staying at a work station for 8 hours a day 5 days a week. The Judge agreed with Mr. Lutkenhaus and found me disabled.

J.T.L. — I was unable to work due to MS. I chose Mr. Lutkenhaus based on his expertise in Disability cases. We had bad luck and got the Richmond judge who denies almost all cases, so we lost the first time. But Lutkenhaus did not give up; he appealed the case and got us a new hearing. My case started in 2009, but he fought this judge every step of the way for 3 years to win. He has that winning heart and never gives up. He and his staff were very professional and showed me much kindness.

R. Shelton — I suffered a stroke in Farmville, Virginia. I am 43 and Social Security denied my case on the grounds I could improve. I could not even go to the bathroom without assistance and my left side was paralyzed. I called Jerry Lutkenhaus and he worked with my doctors and my caseworker. He was able to show I could not do my customer service work. I could not even open my left hand. He did a wonderful job for me.

T. Crutchfield — I suffered a head injury in a motor vehicle accident in Petersburg, Virginia. My case had been rejected by two other attorneys. They said I was too young at 36 to get disability for my head injury. Mr. Lutkenhaus took my case and he proved I had memory loss and could not work.

H. Hinspater — I developed a brain tumor at age 26, but Social Security denied my claim for Disability. Mr. Lutkenhaus worked with my doctors from Duke University and MCV and convinced the toughest Social Security Judge in Richmond, Virginia that I was disabled.

A. Moore — I'm from Charles City County, VA and have epilepsy. Mr. Lutkenhaus believed in my Social Security case and won it even though it had been denied.
 
CANCER | LUPUS
C. Baxter — I have Amyloidosis Cancer and my oncologist told me I had 12 months to live. I stopped chemotherapy because it hurt my quality of life. Mr. Lutkenhaus was able to expedite my case so I did not have to go in front of a judge. He made sure I got my benefits right away, including back benefits from June 2012. I know I might not live much longer, but at least now I will have some income.

Ms. Smith — I lost my Lupus case before a very tough judge in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Lutkenhaus obtained a remand and tried the case again before a new judge. With great help from my treating doctors, we were able to win on remand at the new hearing. I was awarded two years of back Social Security and ongoing benefits.

N. Sims — I have Prostate Cancer, Sarcoidosis, and Diabetes. I had lost my Social Security case all the way to the United States District Court. However, Attorney Lutkenhaus won the case after it was remanded for another hearing and got me over 4 years back benefits.
 
DIABETES | OBESITY
Allen — Mr. Lutkenhaus overturned an adverse Social Security Disability decision in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia due my obesity.

O. Bond — I had crippling Diabetes in Petersburg, Virginia and this caused a loss of most of my toes due to amputations. I couldn't even walk but I was denied disability until Lutkenhaus took my case. He convinced the judge I could not work and won my case.

D. Hawkes — I was disabled in Mechanicsville, Virginia due to Diabetes and knee problems and it was a long, rough road but Mr. Lutkenhaus got my disability and I could not have done it without him. I was very pleased with the services from him and his staff. I really think his paralegal Rose was a great help to me.

Ms. Baker — Mr. Lutkenhaus managed to get me Disability for my obesity and back problems.

L. Bollin — I was disabled in Chester, Virginia due to Diabetes and other conditions. My case was denied by Social Security. I had heard he was a good disability attorney and he got me results.

N. Sims — I have prostate cancer, sarcoidosis, and Diabetes. I had lost my Social Security case all the way to the United States District Court. However, Attorney Lutkenhaus won the case after it was remanded for another hearing and got me over 4 years back benefits.
 
CHRONIC PAIN | FIBROMYALGIA
J. Hendrick — I developed chronic pain after an accident. My specialist said it was Fibromyalgia, but Social Security denied the claim. I was very well pleased with my representation. He got my disability approved. Rise was so nice, helpful, and answered all of my questions.

R. Flanders — I am 54 with chronic pain due to a back problem, Fibromyalgia, and other problems. Social Security denied my claim, so I found Lutkenhaus in the phone book. We won my claim, and now I have income and I'm no longer homeless. I think him and his staff every day.

L. Santiago — I had a back injury in Mechanicsville, Virginia and then Fibromyalgia set in and I could no longer work. Gerald Lutkenhaus took my case when others turned it down and won it in front of the Social Security Judge.

S. Nuckols — I am home-bound in Chester, Virginia and unable to work due to debilitating Fibromyalgia. Mr. Lutkenhaus took over my case after the prior attorney had lost my case before the Social Security Judge. He did a wonderful job getting a reversal in U.S. District Court and winning at the new trial.

S. Bitar — I had Fibromyalgia and Mr. Lutkenhaus won my Disability case.

S. Vanderpool — My Social Security case was a nightmare. The Social Security Judge denied my Fibromyalgia case twice but Mr. Lutkenhaus got a reversal in U.S. District Court and got me benefits back to 2002.

D. Ebright — I had Fibromyalgia and my claim was denied. Mr. Lutkenhaus was very positive and experienced. I think everyone should know the good job he does. They said I could not get disability in Petersburg, Virginia due to Fibromyalgia but Mr. Lutkenhaus proved them wrong.
 
CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE | CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD)HEART ATTACK | EMPHYSEMA | KIDNEY FAILURE | LIVER DISEASE
G. Bolling — I had congestive heart failure and could no longer work. I had pain for 30 years and it was hard to wait so long to collect my disability. I called him because I heard he was a good Disability attorney. He was professional and thorough in preparing, obtaining, and following up on the medical records and evidence necessary to win my case. I was glad I was able to find a good lawyer to help me with this since my bills were piling up.

L. Osborne — I admit I drank too much which destroyed my liver. I maintained sobriety after my diagnosis, but Social Security still denied my Disability claim. I needed Disability and Medicare, so I could get on the liver transplant list. Lutkenhaus got my doctors to write reports in support of my Disability. At the hearing, Judge Rippel complemented Lutkenhaus saying that he was extremely prepared, thoroughly researched my case, and gave a spectacular presentation using applicable laws. My doctor said I had only 6 months to live, but now I have a chance thanks to Lutkenhaus. I was very impressed with Lutkenhaus' representation and highly recommend him.

S. A. Young — I have congestive heart failure, arthritis, diabetes. I am bipolar, can barely walk, and have shortness of breath. Despite all my problems, I tried to work until I could not do it any longer. I tried to get Social Security Disability, but I did not work long enough to be eligible. Then I applied for SSI, but that was denied because I wasn't even 50 years old yet. Mr. Lutkenhaus took my case before a Richmond Judge and won. I got over $18,000 in SSI back benefits. Now I get SSI and Medicaid. I thank him every day for making my life easier.

B. Adams — I contacted Jerry Lutkenhaus because I was denied Social Security in Peterburg for my congestive heart failure. I contacted him because I had heard he was very good. He and his assistant Rose worked with my doctors to show I was no longer able to work and he proved my disability before the Judge. Everything turned out great!

Mr. Cherry — I have serious heart problems and Mr. Lutkenhaus got me Disability.

D. Anderson — I could no longer work in Warsaw, Virginia because I could not breathe due to COPD. A friend said he was good Social Security Lawyer so I went to him and he got me my Social Security Disability when we went in front of the judge.

L. Goswick — I had kidney failure in Richmond, Virginia but Social Security denied my case twice. I heard Mr. Lutkenhaus was a great lawyer and I took my case to him. He took my case to court and persuaded the Judge I was disabled. I consider him to be a great lawyer and I am referring him all my friends.

M. Sears — I chose him as my Social Security Disability lawyer because of his 30 years of experience. He did a great job for me and won my Disability case after my heart attack.

B. Adams — I had Emphysema and other problems. He won my case because I think he really knows Social Security Disability.
 
KNEE
M. Demayor— I was a librarian for many years in New Orleans. When I moved to Virginia, I became disabled and unable to work due to my bad knees and depression. I applied for Social Security Disability, but I was denied. Another lawyer recommended Gerald Lutkenhaus. My case was difficult because I had to prove disability back 3 years, when my benefits expired. He did a wonderful job in front of Judge Nunez and I received $70,000 in back benefits, an ongoing monthly check of $1,500, and Medicare. I cannot thank Mr. Lutkenhaus and his staff enough for winning my case.

J. Cooper — I injured my right knee and back in Chesterfield, Virginia and could not work. Attorney Lutkenhaus handled my Disability Case and took all the stress off me. I would recommend him to other people for injuries and disabilities in a second.

V. McLeod — Mr. Lutkenhaus represented me in a disability case for my knee. He had to appeal 3 times and take it to Federal Court, but he won. I would recommend him to you who are in need of a great lawyer. Mr. Lutkenhaus is very knowledgeable about Social Security Disability and Virginia Workers' Compensation claims. He never gives up.

E. Croker — I have knee problems in both legs. Mr. Lutkenhaus won, settled my workers comp claim, and then won my Social Security case after appealing it to federal court. He is very experienced.
 
MISCELLANEOUS
Cessation Case
Brown — My Social Security Disability benefits were cut off due to part time work, but Mr. Lutkenhaus showed my work did not exceed guidelines and reversed the suspension.

Disability for Both Husband and Wife in Williamsburg, VA
L. Adams — I wish there were more attorneys like Mr. Lutkenhaus. I sincerely thank him for obtaining disability for me and my wife. I have recommended him to other people and I continue to do so.

Critically Ill Husband
G. Crist — My husband and I would like to thank Mr. Lutkenhaus and Rose for being there when my husband was critically ill and we had no income. Mr. Lutkenhaus represented me on Workers' Comp and he represented my husband on his disability retirement from the State of Virginia and on his Social Security Disability. He showed great concern and worked for us in a very professional way. Words cannot express my gratitude.

Long Fight for Disability
E. Spratley — We had been trying for years to get disability in Hanover County, Virginia and then a co-worker recommended Mr. Lutkenhaus. He won, we were very pleased, and I recommend him.

Four Years of Back Benefits in U.S. District Court
N. Sims — I have prostate cancer, sarcoidosis, and diabetes. I had lost my Social Security case all the way to the United States District Court. However, Attorney Lutkenhaus won the case after it was remanded for another hearing and got me over 4 years back benefits.
 
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) | SCHIZOPHRENIA
M. L. Smith I kept hearing voices and could not concentrate enough to work. I had nowhere to go, so I applied for Disability for Schizophrenia but was turned down. Virginia Supportive Housing referred me to Gerald Lutkenhaus. He collaborated with my social worker, represented me at the hearing in front of Judge Johnson, and helped me get Disability and Medicare. I am so thankful for his legal services.

R. Monroe
I am a veteran of the Gulf War in Iraq. I witnessed my best friend get shot in the head and die, and I continually relive this episode. I did manage to work for a few years after this incident. The Veterans Administration (VA) declared me 100% disabled due to PTSD and other injuries I suffered in the war, but Social Security denied me claiming I could do “simple work” and avoid crowds. I contacted Attorney Lutkenhaus for help because I heard he was a good Disability lawyer. He filed for an expedited hearing through the Wounded Warrior program. Mr. Lutkenhaus obtained favorable evidence from my doctors at the VA Hospital and represented me at two hearings before a Judge in Richmond. The Psychiatric Medical Examiner at the hearing reviewed my medical records and determined I met the listing of impairments for PTSD and was totally disabled and unemployable in any capacity. Mr. Lutkenhaus won me the benefits that I and my family deserved.
 
STAB WOUNDS
J. Castro — I was stabbed 7 times in Williamsburg, Virginia and left for dead by robbers. As a result, I could not work but my Disability was denied. A man told me to call Mr. Lutkenhaus and he gave me his card. Mr. Lutkenhaus won my case and I will recommend him to others needing representation.
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