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The Law Office of Gerald G. Lutkenhaus
Virginia Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability Attorney
Rated "ONE OF THE BEST" in Central Virginia*
with over 35 years of experience.
Contact me for a FREE EVALUATION regarding your Virginia Workers' Compensation accident, claim, denial, injury, disability, or settlement:
✍ GERALD'S CASE OF THE WEEK
Win in the Virginia Court of Appeals
Ms. Cooper was a surgical nurse who injured both knees slipping on the wet floor in the operating room. Her doctor provided her physical therapy that did not correct the problem. After two years, he finally decided she needed bilateral knee replacements. However, her employer's Workers' Compensation Insurer denied the claim. We won the hearing and the deputy commissioner ordered the insurer to pay for the surgery. Then the defense appealed the decision to the Court of Appeals. The Court denied the appeal and ordered the surgeries to be covered.
☞ GERALD'S TIP OF THE WEEK
Neck Injury vs. Arm Injury - They are NOT the Same in Virginia
As a Virginia workers' compensation attorney, I often see on-the-job injuries that are originally diagnosed as an arm injury, but later it turns out to really be a neck problem (or there is a neck injury in addition to the arm injury). Virginia case law clearly states an arm injury does NOT include a neck injury, and a neck injury does NOT include an arm injury. Thus, a late discovery of a neck injury can create a problem, especially if the injured worker fails to add the neck injury to the claim within two (2) years of the accident.
If the original claim only contains an Award for an arm injury, then an additional claim for a neck injury will probably be lost if it is not added within the two (2) year statute. The usual rule followed by the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission is that an Award for just an "arm injury" does NOT include coverage for a different part of the body, such as a "neck injury" when there is no specific mention of the neck on the Award.
Do you have a complicated arm/neck injury? Consult Gerald Lutkenhaus, an attorney with over 35 years of experience, at (804) 335-0268 to make sure you are covered with both the arm and the neck.
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Office LocationGGL Law Firm
4906 Fitzhugh Ave, Suite 201
Richmond, VA 23230-3519
Phone: (804) 335-0268
The Virginia Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability Law Office of Gerald G. Lutkenhaus, located in Richmond, Virginia, is pleased to represent clients in:
Greater Richmond (including Bon Air, East End, Fan, Short Pump, West End), Amelia, Amelia Courthouse, Ashland, Burkeville, Caroline, Charles City Courthouse, Chester, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Crewe, Dinwiddie, Farmville, Glen Allen, Goochland, Hadensville, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, Jetersville, King William, Mechanicsville, Midlothian, Montpelier, New Kent, Nottoway, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Quinton, Rockville, South Hill, Sutherland, Warsaw, and Williamsburg.