Western Kentucky Personal Injury Attorneys

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Owensboro Personal Injury Lawyers

Helping Kentucky's Injured for 50 Years

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    Hundreds of Millions
    Won For Our Clients
    • $42,000,000
      Nursing home resident death
    • $3,375,000
      Automobile traumatic brain injury
    • $2,750,000
      Wrongful death in automobile wreck
    • $2,000,000
      Leg injuries in motorcycle wreck
    • $1,800,000
      Man injured in motorcycle wreck
    • $1,400,000
      Defective industrial product injury
    • $1,200,000
      Workplace sexual harassment
    • $1,200,000
      Hotel slip and fall leg injury
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    Experienced and Aggressive Kentucky Personal Injury Lawyers

    For 50 years, Rhoads & Rhoads has been helping injured people in Western Kentucky recover compensation for serious and life changing injuries. We have decades of experience handling a variety of personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security Disability matters.

    Collectively, Rhoads & Rhoads has 150 years of experience focused on personal injury and disability matters. Our experience means we don’t hesitate to file lawsuits when needed.

    Additionally, our attorneys have tried cases on both sides of the aisle. Before joining Rhoads & Rhoads, both Chris and Brad Rhoads were personal injury defense attorneys. Their insight on how insurance companies think is invaluable when representing the injured.

    Rhoads & Rhoads represents the seriously injured throughout Western Kentucky. We offer free initial consultations, and all cases are taken on a contingency fee. This means there is no risk to our clients: If we don’t make a recovery, you owe us nothing.

    Practice Areas

    The law offices of Rhoads & Rhoads handle many types of cases. If you don’t see the category for your type of case, please call us at 888-709-9329 to discuss your legal matter and whether we can help you.

    Car Accidents

    The number of fatalities due to auto accidents in Kentucky has steadily declined over the past ten years according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nonetheless, there are still around 700 traffic-related deaths in our state each year, and many of these unnecessary and preventable losses of life are a result of passenger car accidents.

    Truck Accidents

    Ten percent of Kentucky State traffic accidents causing at least one fatality involved a semi-truck. In the United States, large truck accidents including commercial vehicle accidents take eleven deaths every day and cause 100,000 injuries each year.

    Motorcycle Accidents

    Due to the small size of the motorcycle (as compared to other motor vehicles) and the lack of protection between the body and other objects, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be in a fatal accident than those in motor vehicle accidents.

    Social Security Disability

    If you are no longer able to support yourself and your family because of a long term disability, nothing should stand in the way of you getting the benefits you deserve.

    Workers Compensation

    In Kentucky, workers’ compensation provides injured workers with compensation for medical costs, temporary disability, or permanent disability. Kentucky State law requires all employers who have at least one part-time employee to have workers’ compensation insurance or become self-insured.

    Product Liability

    You should be able to trust the products you purchase are safe if used as directed and designed. Unfortunately, children and adults are injured while using consumer products at home, in schools, and in the workplace. When an individual is injured while using a consumer product, he or she may make a claim for damages through a product liability lawsuit.

    Nursing Home Abuse

    Estimates show there are more than two million cases of elder abuse each year in the United States. Nursing home administrators and staff members have an obligation to provide appropriate care to their patients.

    Wrongful Death Attorney

    When death is caused by an individual’s or a business’s negligent, reckless, or intentional acts (or failure to act), the wrongdoer can be held accountable through a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death cases seek to ensure the family of the victim does not have to shoulder additional financial burdens while grieving the loss of a loved one.

    Tractor Trailer Accidents

    Tractor-trailer and trucking companies across the United States often place undue stress on their truck drivers to make deliveries more quickly than may be safely feasible. Longer hours behind the big rig can cause fatigue, resulting in delayed reaction times, poor decision-making, and even falling asleep at the wheel.

    Industrial Injuries

    Industrial workplace injuries hit a record low in 2014, the result of aggressive efforts to improve Kentucky’s abysmal death and health rankings. The Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Occupational Safety and Health Program has worked diligently to increase access to high quality training and education for workers and managers.

    Premises Liability

    In Kentucky, state premises liability cases, property owners are held responsible for financial damages due to an injury that occurred on their property. Premises liability applies to individuals, as well as to other entities, such as businesses.

    Drug and Medicine Injuries

    The drug and medical device approval process as regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extensive. An approved drug entering the market has likely spent 10-14 years in development and testing at a cost of $350 million. A large majority of drugs do not ever make it through the process.

    Brain Injury Lawyers

    Nearly 30% of all injury deaths in the United States include traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a contributing factor. More than 130 people each day die from injuries that include TBI, and those who survive a brain injury face long-lasting, life-changing effects.

    Meet Our Team

    Christopher L. Rhoads


    Chris Rhoads is a partner in the firm’s Owensboro office and has been practicing law since 1996. He practiced law in the firm of Woodward, Hobson & Fulton in Lexington, Kentucky in its trial practice and product liability litigation section for five years before joining Rhoads and Rhoads in 2000.

    Jerry P. Rhoads


    Jerry P. Rhoads has been practicing law since 1966. He founded the firm of Rhoads and Rhoads in 1974 and continues to practice with his brother and two sons, Brad and Chris. He is the past president of the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys and is past chair and editor of its workers’ compensation practice section.

    Katherine H. Reardon


    Katie is a native of Owensboro, Kentucky. She completed her undergraduate studies at Transylvania University and obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky. After graduating from law school, Katie practiced at regional insurance defense firms in Lexington, Kentucky, prior to returning to Owensboro.

    Samuel Kyle Lamar


    Kyle LaMar has joined the firm’s Owensboro office as an associate. A native of Henderson, Kentucky, Lamar previously practiced law at Keller & Keller LLP in Indianapolis, Indiana for nearly five years. Helping clients from the initial stages of their cases through trial, Kyle focuses his practice in personal injury litigation and social security claims.

    Emma H. McFarland


    Emma McFarland is an attorney specializing in disability, workers compensation, and personal injury law. Emma is an Owensboro native who is passionate about serving hurt and injured people in her community.

    Bradley P. Rhoads


    Brad Rhoads has been practicing law since 1993 and joined the firm in 1996 opening its Owensboro office. He has worked closely with organized labor in arbitration and administrative proceedings. Brad practiced at the law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville, Tennessee from 1993 to 1996 in its litigation section. Brad is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and Tennessee.

    Thomas M. Rhoads


    Tom Rhoads has been practicing law since 1974 and has been practicing in the firm of Rhoads and Rhoads since 1976. He served for two years in the Kentucky Department of Labor where he performed trial work in the areas of occupational safety and health and wage and hour, and served two years in the U.S. Army.

    Mary Lisa Prendergast


    Lisa left Brescia to attend the University of Louisville School of Law and received her Juris Doctor degree three years later. She began her civil law practice with Charles E. Moore, PSC in Owensboro. In August of 2019 Lisa happily joined the Rhoads & Rhoads, PSC family, where she provides legal research, writing, and litigation support in many forms to serve the firm’s clients.

    Nathan Lee Bishop


    Nathan Bishop grew up on a tobacco farm in Centertown, Kentucky, where his family ran Bishop’s Grocery from 1973 to 2019. After a childhood of working in tobacco and stocking shelves, Nathan went to Western Kentucky University, where he met his wife, Emily. They are both avid Hilltopper fans.

    Giving Back to Our Community

    At Rhoads & Rhoads, we have a deep and abiding love for the communities we serve. Our greatest hope is for our community to see us far beyond our work as personal injury attorneys.

    The relationships we have built through our long engagement with the Owensboro and western Kentucky communities are meaningful and driving forces in our daily lives, both professional and personal.

    No matter what life throws at us, we’re right here with you. Rhoads & Rhoads has got your back.

    Associations & Awards
    The Law Offices of Rhoads & Rhoads are proud to be part of the following associations.
    We are very honored to be the recipients of the following awards.

    Client Testimonials
    • I think with Chris, when I first met him, and with everyone I’ve met in this office, they have a genuine interest in you. And they care about you. It’s not about making money. They want to listen to you and they want to understand and hear your story and try to help meet your needs the best that they can.

      Amy, Car Accident & Social Security Disability
    • They’re a family, good Christian people. Their intention is to help you entirely, and I would highly recommend them.

      Boyd, Car Accident
    • I recommend Rhoads & Rhoads. They’re more like family. They’re not like a typical lawyer. I’ve never met any lawyers like Rhoads & Rhoads.

      Debbie & Kenny, Car Accident
    • Chris Rhoads met with me for several hours. He was the most caring person I’ve ever met. It was like an angel had been sent to me. I’ll never forget the day.

      Denise, Car Accident & Social Security
    • They went to bat for me. Without a doubt they knew all the ins and outs;, and what should be done, and how it should be done. I put all my faith in them and they did a good job.

      Duane, Car Accident & Workers Comp
    • The case went like silk. Smooth as silk.

      George, Motorcycle Accident
    • Couldn’t have asked for a friendlier guy (Chris Rhoads). That’s the thing about everyone in this office. I’m just so impressed with how friendly and helpful they all are.

      John, Car Accident & Social Security
    • They brought us a lot of peace knowing that we didn’t have to pay all the hospital bills and medical bills. The attorney gave me his phone number. I could call anytime day or night and talk to him.

      Leonard, Product Liability/Personal Injury
    • I recommend Rhoads & Rhoads. They’re more like family. They’re not like a typical lawyer. I’ve never met any lawyers like Rhoads & Rhoads.

      Debbie & Kenny, Car Accident
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    Our Locations

    Owensboro Office
    115 East Second Street, Suite 100
    PO Box 2023
    Owensboro KY 42302
    Toll Free: 888-709-9329
    Madisonville Office
    9 East Center Street
    Madisonville, KY 42431
    Toll Free: 888-709-9329