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For The Seriously Injured Of Kentucky,
We Are Here For You.

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Why Hire Us?

Finding an attorney to represent you can feel like a daunting task. So why choose us?

  • We offer personal service. When you call, you speak to us. We don’t farm out your cases. We personally oversee every aspect of your case, and it makes a difference.
  • We’re local. There’s a misconception that, to get quality legal representation, you have to make a drive to Lexington or another big city. That’s simply not true. We provide high-level representation right here in your backyard. We’ll even travel to you.
  • We’re trusted. Clients and even other attorneys know the quality of our work. That’s why so many of our cases come from referrals.
Richard Hay

Richard Hay

Sarah Hay Knight

Sarah Hay Knight

Quality Representation From Kentucky’s Premier Trial Attorneys

Injured individuals and their families across Kentucky have trusted the Hay & Knight, PLLC for skilled legal representation since 1982. We are proud to offer the highest caliber of legal counsel to those who have suffered because of serious personal injury or wrongful death.

We offer dedicated legal support and aggressive advocacy to those who need our services in south central and Eastern Kentucky. We are available for certain cases statewide. We focus our practice solely on seeking justice and compensation for victims of car and truck accidents, medical malpractice, dangerous products and other events caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person or entity.

Our founding attorney, Richard Hay, is a certified trial specialist and past president of the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys. He is one of few lawyers in Kentucky to win multiple million-dollar verdicts.

Jury Verdicts And Appellate Decisions

Department of Education v. Blevins, 707 S.W.2d 782 (Ky. 1986) In this important case, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that both the mother and father of a child killed in a school bus accident had independent claims for the loss of their child’s affection and companionship against the Department of Education in a Board of Claims action.

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Mattox, 862 S.W.2d 325 (Ky. 1993). In this appeal, the Kentucky Supreme Court established the right of an injured person to “stack” their added no-fault benefits from multiple automobile liability insurance policies.

State Farm v. Marley, 151 S.W.3d 33 (Ky. 2004). In this case of first impression in Kentucky, the Kentucky Supreme Court agreed with our claim that the family exclusion in an umbrella liability policy was void as violative of Kentucky public policy.

Potter v. Eli Lilly and Co., 926 S.W.2d 449 (Ky. 1996). In this landmark opinion, the Kentucky Supreme Court recognized the trial judge’s inherent “right to determine that its judgments are correct and accurately reflect the truth.”

Owensboro Mercy Health System v. Payne, 24 S.W.3d 675 (Ky. App. 1999). This appeal involved the novel issue of whether portions of the video trial transcript could be shown to the jury in closing argument. We argued that the use of a video transcript in closing argument was proper. The Court of Appeals agreed, and upheld the jury’s verdict in this medical negligence case.

Richard Hay has also written several Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) briefs on behalf of the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys. Some of the more significant cases have been:

State Farm v. Reeder , 763 S.W.2d 116 (Ky. 1988). Established an injured person’s right to make a direct claim against the at-fault person’s insurance carrier pursuant to Kentucky’s Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act.

Allstate Ins. v. Dicke , 862 S.W.2d 327 (Ky. 1993). The Supreme Court of Kentucky authorized the “stacking” of underinsured motorist coverage to the benefit of persons injured in motor vehicle accidents.

Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co. v. Morris , 990 S.W.2d 621 (Ky. 1999). The Kentucky Supreme Court held that an injured employee is entitled to his employer’s underinsured motorist coverage benefits in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.

Our Family Would Be Honored To Support Yours

We are well-aware a serious injury typically affects not only the victim, but his or her entire family. As a family business, we feel honored to provide our clients with support when they and their families need it most.

Richard Hay and Sarah Hay Knight are a father-daughter team who are committed to providing their clients personal service and excellent results. We have built our practice on word-of-mouth, earning the respect of our clients and community by focusing our time and resources on a small volume of cases. This allows us to give our undivided attention to building the strongest possible cases for each one of our clients.

Because we devote so much of our time and resources in preparation of cases of catastrophic injury or wrongful death, we only accept the most serious cases where we believe we can make the biggest impact.