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Medical Malpractice


Pikeville Medical Malpratice Attorney

We put our trust in doctors to give us the treatment we need. But sometimes mistakes and failures are made. These mistakes and failures may result in unnecessary injury, sickness or even death.

This is known as medical malpractice. When it occurs, you or a loved one is usually entitled to seek compensation by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. A medical malpractice attorney can help you to file this legal claim – this can increase the chance of you receiving the compensation you deserve.

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
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Premature discharge
  • Hospital infections

There are many other situations that may be classed as medical malpractice. Generally speaking, if a healthcare professional has acted negligently and it has had a negative impact on your health, it can be classed as medical malpractice and you can seek out compensation.

Why file a medical malpractice claim?

A medical malpractice claim could be a chance to receive financial compensation. Money cannot always make up for the damage inflicted, however in many cases it can definitely help to improve quality of life. It may allow you to afford treatment to correct any health problems caused as a result. Alternatively, it may help you to pay off any medical debts from the treatment. It is up to you how you spend it.

Medical malpractice claims can also be about more than just money. It’s a chance to hold any medical staff accountable for the negligence that you have experienced. Making a legal claim can often ensure that the same mistake doesn’t happen twice – it can highlight the seriousness of the incident and can force medical professionals to take steps to prevent any other patients being harmed.

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.

A medical malpractice attorney will first be able to determine whether you have a claim. Certain cases are not black and white, and so it can be worth getting a professional opinion so that you’re not wasting your time on a claim that’s likely to be rejected. .

If you’re eligible to make a claim, an attorney can then help you to gather evidence for your case, identify who is liable, question any expert witnesses and also help you decide the value of the compensation you are owed. All of this is important when it comes to increasing the chance of your claim being successful. 

Attorneys can also help with the process of filing the claim. If your case needs to be taken to court, attorneys can also help to support you through any court proceedings. It’s worth hiring an attorney early – the later you leave it in the process, the harder it will be to pick up the pieces.

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.

This is why you shouldn’t wait too long to hire a Pikeville medical malpractice attorney – fail to act fast, and it may be too late to file a claim.

Why choose Ray S. Jones Injury Attorneys?

Choosing the right attorney can be difficult. If you’re a resident in Pikeville, you’ll likely want to work with a local Pikeville medical malpractice 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 including medical malpractice.

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 Pikeville medical malpractice attorney, we are the perfect choice.

Need more information regarding medical malpractice claims? Or perhaps you feel you’re ready to get your claim underway? Whether you need advice or would like to help us work on your case, don’t hesitate to get in touch today. We’ll provide the support you need to take your case forward.

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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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