Hopkins County

Rhoads & Rhoads has offices in Madisonville and Owensboro, and focuses primarily on representing injured and disabled clients in personal injury actions, workers’ compensation, and social security disability cases.

For over 45 years, the Rhoads attorneys have had a great deal of success in handling injury and disability cases in Hopkins County. We have achieved millions of dollars in settlements in all types of injury cases, and have a long history of success in the courts in Hopkins County, with Jerry playing a role in the largest verdict in Hopkins County history.

Rhoads & Rhoads founding partner, Jerry P. Rhoads, started our firm in Madisonville, in 1974, representing the United Mine Workers of America (“UMWA”) and its members in their personal injury, workers’ compensation, black lung, and social security disability claims. With the association of Jerry’s brother, Tom Rhoads, in 1976, the law firm of Rhoads & Rhoads was established. Over the past 45 years, Rhoads & Rhoads has earned a reputation throughout Hopkins County and western Kentucky for being aggressive injury attorneys who achieve outstanding results for injured and disabled clients.

The Rhoads firm has deep roots in Hopkins County, and Jerry and Tom have been proud to locate their families in Hopkins County. Jerry and Tom have raised their children, Brad, Chris, Leigh and Eliza, in Hopkins County, attending Madisonville North-Hopkins High School, where they were all highly involved. Attorney Sara M. Diaz was raised in Dawson Springs, and has continued with strong family ties to Hopkins County.

Jerry and his wife, Dr. Judy Rhoads, have been engrained in the fabric of Madisonville and Hopkins County. They have generously given back to their community. Judy taught psychology at Madisonville Community College for 17 years and served as President of MCC for 18 years. Under her leadership, MCC was consistently recognized as one of the highest performing public community colleges in Kentucky and in the United States. She has devoted her professional career to public education and community development, serving on numerous boards and improving the lives of countless Hopkins County families. Tom, and his wife Elizabeth Rhoads, have served tirelessly in several organizations and boards throughout the community. Jerry and Judy attend First Christian Church in Madisonville.

Jerry served with distinction as State Senator from 2003 to 2014 for the 6th District, which included Hopkins, Muhlenberg and Ohio Counties. It was his privilege and pleasure to serve in the legislature representing Hopkins County, and serving over 100,000 constituents in western Kentucky during his 12 years of service.

Jerry and his law partner and son, Chris Rhoads, have been recognized statewide as outstanding plaintiffs’ personal injury attorneys and Jerry was elected by his peers as President of Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys (now Kentucky Justice Association), and Chris has been an elected KJA officer since 2002.

Rhoads & Rhoads has grown into a full service personal injury firm and is well equipped to represent the good folks of Hopkins County who may have unfortunately suffered injuries and disabilities. If you come to Rhoads & Rhoads, P.S.C., you will be treated like family and we would welcome the opportunity to continue helping our Hopkins County friends.

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Hopkins County and Madisonville, obviously a very special place to Rhoads and Rhoads. I grew up in Madisonville, went to Madisonville North Hopkins High School, as did my brother, Brad Rhoads, who practices law with me. Also my cousin, Lee Rhoads Doyle, who practices here at our firm as well. My father Jerry Rhoads, my uncle Tom Rhoads, practiced in Madisonville. That’s home to them and that’s where I grew up, it’s still home to me.

We’ve had several opportunities to try cases in Madisonville in the court systems and that’s actually where I learned to practice law, going over to court with my dad, watching him try cases, watching him have hearings in front of Judge Spain, Judge Boltler, Judge Brantley. My mom, she was the President of Madisonville Community College for about fifteen years and lots of aunts, family, cousins, all over the county and it’s just a very special place. What I really love about it is how hardworking the people are in Hopkins County and we’ve handled so many workers’ comp claims for injured workers, injured coal miners, automobile cases, social security/disability claims. We have an office in Madisonville. Just it brings a lot of pride to me to be able to represent somebody from Hopkins County.

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