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Pikeville Wrongful Death Lawyer

Wrongful Death


Pikeville Wrongful Death Attorney

Have you lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s wrongful actions or negligence? In such cases, you are likely to be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This can help hold those accountable for their actions, as well as helping you to get some financial compensation.

With the help of a Pikeville wrongful death lawyer, you can increase your chances of filing a successful lawsuit. This includes helping you to establish responsibility, collect evidence, file the lawsuit and take the lawsuit to court if necessary.

What are some common examples of wrongful death?

There are many situations where a death can be legally classed as ‘wrongful death’. A few common examples include:

  • Road accidents (including accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles and pedestrians)
  • Medical malpractice (including misdiagnosis, surgical errors, incorrect prescriptions and other negligent behavior)
  • Work accidents
  • Defective products
  • Boating accidents

If your loved one was involved in any of these accidents, you most likely have a case worth pursuing. By talking to a Pikeville wrongful death lawyer, you can identify exactly whether or not you are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

How do I establish proof of wrongful death?

In order for your lawsuit to be successful, you need to establish proof that one or more people failed to exercise ‘reasonable care’. This is when someone acts recklessly in a situation where most other people would take caution.

Establishing proof of wrongful death is not always easy as it involves collecting evidence from the scene and witness reports (if available). This may have to be done in a short time period. With the help of a wrongful death lawyer, you can ensure that enough proof is collected so that you are able to make a strong claim. This gives you the best chance possible of winning the case.

What happens if a person opposes your claim?

The individual or company you are filing your lawsuit against may choose to oppose your claim. In this case, a settlement will need to be negotiated between both parties. A wrongful death lawyer can help to fight your corner in this situation so that you get the compensation you deserve.

In some cases, a lawsuit may not be able to be settled in court. If you are willing to take the case to a trial, a wrongful death lawyer will also be able to help you fight your case here. All in all, it can be useful to have an attorney at your side.

Choosing a Pikeville wrongful death lawyer

It is important that you choose the right lawyer – ideally someone who has a lot of experience with wrongful death cases. At Ray S Jones Injury Attorneys, we have a team of highly-qualified lawyers to choose from who you can trust to take on your case. We have helped many clients successfully seek out compensation for the wrongful death of their loved ones. For more information on how we can help you and what to expect, contact us today.

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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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