4906 Fitzhugh Avenue, Suite 201, Richmond, Virginia 23230

Virginia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Over 35 Years of Practicing Virginia Workers’ Compensation Law


  • Frequent lecturer before bar and client groups on workers’ compensation issues
  • Member of Virginia Trial Lawyers Committee on Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Argued workers’ compensation cases in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, Court of Appeals & Supreme Court
  • Over 1,000 successful hearings
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Five successful appeals in 2014 without a loss before the Full Commission of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, which handles all appeals of Deputy Commissioner Hearings:

  1. I won a Permanent Total Disability (PTD) claim of lifetime compensation for a woman who suffered a head injury and whose 500 weeks of Temporary Total Disability (TTD) had expired. Jones v. Bon Air Correctional Center, April 14, 2014.
  2. I won an appeal of a denial of bilateral knee surgeries. The insurer had contended she needed surgery due to arthritis and not the work accident. The Full Commission agreed with me that the need for surgeries was work-related and reversed the Deputy Commissioner’s decision. Cooper v. Virginia Center Hospital, April 22, 2014.
  3. I won an appeal of a Deputy Commissioner decision awarding compensation for a head and back injury suffered in a steam explosion at an industrial plant. The Full Commission disagreed with the insurer’s contention that the claimant had only reported an arm abrasion. Tyler v. MOR PPM, June 2, 2014.
  4. I won an appeal of a termination of workers’ compensation benefits by the insurer. The insurance company contended that the claimant had been released to work, but I successfully argued that she still had work restrictions which prevented her from performing her pre-injury job. Glenn v. Phillip Morris USA, April 23, 2014.
  5. I won an appeal of a denial of foot surgery. I proved that my client’s left foot injury caused her right foot injury. Heath v. Davita Inc., April 3, 2014.


The Virginia State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct requires all attorneys to make the following statement and disclaimer to their case results: Settlements and verdicts in all cases depend on various factors and circumstances which are unique to each case. Therefore, past results in cases are not a guarantee or prediction of similar results in future cases which Mr. Lutkenhaus may undertake.


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