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Why choose Ray S. Jones Injury Attorneys?

Choosing the right attorney can be difficult. If you’re a resident in Pike County or the surrounding area, you’ll likely want to work with a local personal injury attorney. Our law firm, Ray S Jones Injury Attorneys, is based out of Pikeville. We are not only local but we are specialists in all areas related to injury law .

We have many years experience. In this time, we have dealt with many difficult cases and helped many clients to get the compensation they deserve. As a result, when it comes to hiring a local personal injury attorney, we are the perfect choice.

Medical Malpractice

What counts as medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice can include a lot of things. Some examples of medical malpractice include:

  • Surgical errors
  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Childbirth injuries
  • Misdiagnosis of health problems
  • Delayed diagnosis/treatment
  • Medication prescription errors
  • Anaesthesia errors
  • Premature discharge
  • Hospital infections
Why hire a medical malpractice attorney?

Filing a lawsuit without a lawyer is not easy. There are a lot of steps required and you may find that you are met with opposition in some cases. This is why it is often worthwhile hiring a medical malpractice attorney to help you through the process.

How long do I have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit?

In the state of Kentucky, medical malpractice lawsuits must be filed within one year of the accident or error. After this time, most malpractice claims will generally not be considered.

Nursing Home Abuse

What are some examples of nursing home abuse?

Nursing home abuse can come in many different forms. You may want to consider filing a nursing home abuse claim if you or a family member has been subject to:

  • Physical abuse resulting in injury
  • Medical malpractice (such as being prescribed the wrong medication)
  • Neglect (such as not being fed properly or being allowed to develop bedsores)
  • Emotional abuse (such as taunting and yelling)
  • Sexual abuse

Social Security

Am I eligible for social security benefits?

A lot of Americans are unsure whether they qualify for social security benefits. There are a number of requirements that you must meet to qualify, some of which are fairly obvious and some of which are not obvious at all. A few things that can prevent people from getting access to social security benefits include:

  • Not having enough credits
  • Working in certain industries such as the railroad industry
  • Being divorced after a marriage of less than 10 years (when claiming benefits based on earnings of an ex-spouse)
  • Having a health condition that is not legally classed as a disability
How do I apply for social security benefits?

You can apply for SSD (social security disability benefits) and SSI (supplemental security income) online. This involves filling out a form in which you will be asked questions regarding your situation to help determine your eligibility and how much you could be owed.

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Workers Comp

What are some examples of common worker’s comp claims?

Worker’s compensation claims can be filed for all kinds of injuries. A few of the common incidents that lead to worker’s compensation claims include:

  • Slips and falls
  • Road accidents
  • Machinery accidents
  • Overexertion
  • Burn injuries
  • Injuries from falling objects
  • Exposure to harmful chemicals/substances


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Bill Hickman - Ray S Jones Law


Bill is a Pike County native. He graduated from Virgie High School, Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky Law School and began practicing law in Pike County in 1975. Bill served as Staff Attorney and as an Executive Officer of Community Trust Bank, with over 22 years of banking and banking law experience. For 22 years Bill served as general counsel at Community Trust Bank.

Bill focuses on personal injury, business disputes, complex probate litigation, and representing consumers who have been wronged by banks, financial institutions, and lenders.

Bill has successfully represented both individuals and businesses in complex litigations involving many types of commercial transactions including breach of contract, common fraud, common bad faith, has handled employee discrimination, and has extensive experience in employee discrimination claims.

Bill is also a veteran of the U.S. Army. Bill resides in Pikeville with his wife Shirley.


Colonel Roy J. Downey has been representing the interests of injured people for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in motor vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation, disability and Social Security. Roy has practiced law at all levels of the court system in Kentucky. 

He is a retired Colonel in the USAR, having served in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Kevin is a native of Pike County. He graduated from Johns Creek High School, Morehead State University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He was admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1999 and since that time has practiced almost exclusively in the area of personal injury.

Kevin began his career defending many complex proceedings throughout Kentucky. In 2003 Kevin’s practice transitioned into exclusively representing victims of car and truck crashes, defective products, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and injuries due to the dangerous conditions on businesses premises.

In August 2020, Kevin became Pike County Attorney. Kevin has focused on making the county safer, child support collections, and has been a tireless advocate for children involved in dependency, neglect and abuse cases.

He and his wife, Tiffany, have two sons, Colin and Cooper

Ray Jones II - Ray Jones Law Office


Ray S. Jones II has been representing clients in complex personal injury claims for nearly 28 years. He has obtained substantial verdicts and settlements in difficult cases involving motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, construction and mining accident cases as well as workers’ compensation claims.

Ray was born in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and grew up in Pike County. After high school, Ray attended Eastern Kentucky University where he graduated magna cum laude in 1991. Ray obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1994. While at the University of Louisville, Ray received numerous academic awards, including the Corpus Juris Secundum Award for academic excellence in Torts, as well as book awards in Corporations and Negotiable Instruments. Upon returning to his native eastern Kentucky, Ray entered private practice in 1995, and has practiced extensively in state courts throughout Kentucky, as well as in federal court. Ray was twice elected president of the Pike County Kentucky Bar Association, and in November 2000, Ray was elected as State Senator for the 31st Senatorial District. He was subsequently re-elected in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. In 2019 Ray gave up his Senate seat to answer the desperate cry for help in his home county and was sworn in as Pike County Judge Executive on January 7, 2019.

The 31st Senatorial District currently is comprised of Pike, Martin, Lawrence, Elliott and Morgan Counties. Ray served as the Senate Minority Leader and on several key legislative committees, including the Senate Committees on Appropriations & Revenue, Judiciary, Transportation, Natural Resources & Energy, Special Subcommittee on Energy, and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation.

Ray has obtained multiple verdicts, recoveries and settlements in excess of $1,000,000.

Ray is married to Dr. Paula Jones; they have three children, Grayson, Lauren and Lawson.

Our goal is to help people in the best way possible. this is a basic principle in every case and cause for success. contact us today for a free consultation. 

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