Recognized since 2016
Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
Andrew Reinhardt graduated from St. Lawrence University and Syracuse University College of Law in New York. As a member of the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Bars, he has represented thousands of injured persons since he began practicing law in 1980 including those with workers’ compensation, personal injury and social security disability cases.
Andy is a longtime board member of the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), a national organization of attorneys who represent injured workers. He has served as a president of that organization. He is also an active member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR), the Richmond Bar Association, and the American Association of Justice (AAJ). He is regularly called on to write articles and speak on topics relating to his areas of specialty both statewide and on a national basis. Andy continuously serves as an advocate for injured workers by educating state and national legislators on workers’ compensation issues.
Andy’s other noteworthy accomplishments include the following:
Named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants "Lawyer of the Year" in Richmond.
Recognized by Best Lawyers® and Super Lawyers® for numerous years consecutively for workers’ compensation.
Recipient of the first Specialty Bar Leader of the Year award presented by the Virginia State Bar Conference of Local and Specialty Bars Associations in 2017.
Founding member of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court.
Founding member and past chair of VTLA Workers’ Compensation Section.
Board member of VTLA for the past 20+ years.Past president of WILG in 2010 and current board member.
Recognized as a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2011.
Member of the AAJ for more than 25 years and past chair of its workers’ compensation section.
Contact & Links
- 4915 Radford Avenue, Suite 100
Richmond, VA 23230
- St. Lawrence University
- Syracuse University , J.D.
- Virginia, 1989
- District of Columbia, 1979
- Maryland, 1981
- College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers - Member
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association - Board of Governors
- Virginia Workers' Compensation American Inn of Court - Founding Member
- Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) - Board Member, Past President (2010)
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
- Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants, Richmond (2019)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:
- Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
- Virginia Super Lawyer: 2016-presentTop 100 Virginia Super Lawyer: 2019Top 50 Richmond Super Lawyer: 2019
- WILG's Top 100 Injured Workers' Attorney, 2014
Workers' Comp Settlement is Second Largest Ever - $3.9 MillionClaimant is a 42-year-old quadriplegic as a result of a fall from a second story balcony. Claimant lives at home by himself in a rental house. He has no contact with any family members and requires 24/7 home health care which was being provided by the carrier. Because the claimant has relocated out of state, in order to facilitate settlement on this large file, claimant’s counsel was able to convince the carrier to agree to split the cost of flying a Deputy Commissioner from the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission to the mediation. Commission approval was also required. Including the mediator, fifteen people attended the mediation. At that mediation, the parties were able to successfully resolve the case for a total upfront cost of $3.9M. The claimant is not eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Medicare because he has insufficient deposits paid into the Social Security system. Because of his ongoing weekly compensation checks, he was also ineligible for Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) and Medicaid. The settlement proceeds will be placed in a Special Needs Trust (SNT). An attorney practicing where the claimant lives was hired to advise on Medicaid issues and assisted with setting up the SNT on behalf of the claimant. The SNT is a pooled trust which reduces the cost of management of the claimant’s money. Because of the SNT, he will become eligible for both SSI and Medicaid. With upfront settlement monies, he will purchase a home and a handicap van which will be exempt resources not disqualifying him from receiving SSI and Medicaid. As a result of his Medicaid eligibility post settlement, Medicaid will pay for his hospital bills, doctor bills and prescriptions as well as 40 hours per week of his home health care at no cost to him. An annuity which is sufficient to cover the additional cost of his home health care needs for the remainder of his lifetime will be funded by the settlement. The claimant will become the employer of his home health care aides through an inexpensive payroll service paid out of the SNT. As a result of this change, the cost of his home health care aids is much lower than the amount being paid pre-settlement by the carrier to an agency. In addition, an annuity was set up to cover the cost of a nurse case manager to help handle his significant medical needs and arrange treatment and appointments. Additional annuities will fund his ongoing living expenses. Claimant may potentially qualify for Medicare and SSDI upon reaching his full retirement age. An opinion was obtained from a Medicare expert lawyer that a Medicare Set Aside was not needed.
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