Muhlenberg County Kentucky
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.
Rhoads & Rhoads attorneys have had a presence in Muhlenberg County for over 45 years, and have represented hundreds of Muhlenberg County residents. Knowing the culture of the community and having invested ourselves in Muhlenberg County has helped us achieve success for our clients here. Jerry, Tom, Brad and Chris Rhoads have tried several cases in the courts in Muhlenberg County with outstanding results. This includes automobile, semi-truck, and coal truck accident cases, coal mine catastrophes, and cases against insurance companies for injured people.
The roots of the Rhoads family and Rhoads & Rhoads run deep in Muhlenberg County. Our direct ancestor, Captain Henry Rhoads, fought in the Revolutionary War under General Peter Muhlenberg and came to Kentucky immediately after the war. He founded Muhlenberg County and named it after General Muhlenberg under whom he had fought in the Revolutionary War. Captain Henry Rhoads is referred to as “Godfather of Muhlenberg County” and an entire chapter in the History of Muhlenberg County is devoted to Captain Henry Rhoads. Generations of our family have been born and raised in Muhlenberg County, and we take pride in representing Muhlenberg County residents.
Jerry’s wife, Dr. Judy Rhoads, was born and raised in Muhlenberg County, graduating from Central City High School. Her father, Clarence Lewis, was raised in the mining communities of Martwick and Nelson, and her mother, Dorothy Lewis, was raised in Browder, attending Hughes Kirk High School. Mr. Lewis was an underground coal miner for 36 years and was a proud member of the United Mine Workers of America, serving as secretary for his local union for 35 years.
It was because of the influence and reputation of Mr. Lewis that Jerry relocated his practice in 1974 to nearby Madisonville to represent the United Mine Workers of America (“UMWA”) and its members in their personal injury, workers’ compensation, black lung and social security disability claims. Out of these beginnings, the law firm of Rhoads & Rhoads was formed when Jerry’s brother, Tom Rhoads, joined him in the law practice. Rhoads & Rhoads has developed a reputation throughout Muhlenberg County and western Kentucky as strong and effective voices for injured and disabled clients.
Jerry and Judy have also generously given back to the Muhlenberg County community. Judy taught psychology for 17 years at Madisonville Community College and served as President of MCC for 18 years. Under Judy’s leadership, and many generous gifts by Muhlenberg County citizens, the $4.5 million Muhlenberg campus of Madisonville Community College was opened in 2001, providing greater access to higher education for the citizens of Muhlenberg County. Additionally, Judy served for 6 years on the Felix Martin, Jr. Foundation Executive Board in Muhlenberg County.
Jerry served with distinction as State Senator from 2003 to 2014 for the 6th District, which included Muhlenberg, Hopkins, and Ohio Counties. It was his privilege and pleasure to serve in the legislature representing Muhlenberg 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 Muhlenberg 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 Muhlenberg County friends.
Of all the counties where I’ve had the opportunity to represent people, Muhlenberg County very well may be the most special to me. My mom grew up in Central City. My grandparents have lived in Muhlenberg County their whole life. My grandfather and great grandfather were both coal miners in Muhlenberg County and became disabled and one of them died in the coal mines, which sort of laid the foundation for our law firm to do the type of work we do representing injured people and folks that may have the unfortunate circumstances having a wrongful death claim.
But over the years, we’ve represented so many people in automobile claims, worker’s comp claims, personal injury, social security disability claims all over Muhlenberg County. Getting to go there and represent somebody, I just think really embodies what Rhoads & Rhoads is about.
Another things that’s really special to me about Muhlenberg County, my great-great-great-great grandfather Henry Rhoads who fought in the Revolutionary War, he got a land grant after the war and the land he was given was in Muhlenberg County. He settled in Muhlenberg County and built the first home there and named Muhlenberg County after the general that he served under in the Revolutionary War, General Muhlenberg. He was the first legislator for Muhlenberg County. Our heritage in Muhlenberg County goes deep.