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Hughes and Coleman Injury Lawyers care for every client we represent, and we take pride in bringing over 35 years of experience to Louisville while helping injury victims through claims of all kinds. Having a team of skilled personal injury attorneys in your corner can ensure that you receive every dollar you deserve, and because in many cases you only have one chance for a fair settlement or verdict, hiring a personal injury law firm who has the resources to support you, is local to Louisville, and has handled cases similar to your own can mean all the difference.

If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, call us today for a free consultation. Our team is here for you 24/7 and can help you with any questions you may have.



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Personal Injury Lawyer Louisville, KY

Free consultation with a Louisville personal injury attorney

We understand that you are going through a difficult time right now. You may have mounting questions and medical bills and are unsure about what to do or if you even have a legal case. Understanding the law and dealing with insurance can be especially overwhelming when you are already struggling with physical and emotional trauma. That’s why we never charge for a consultation. It’s absolutely free, with no obligation.

An experienced attorney on our team who understands your type of situation will evaluate your case at no charge to help you understand your legal rights and options. You will not be pressured to make a decision you are not comfortable with. The purpose of your initial consultation is for you to get the answers to your questions and peace of mind knowing that, if you do choose to pursue legal action, there will be a full team of experienced attorneys on your side.

Also, we only get paid if we win or settle your case because our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. You never have to pay out of pocket – ever.

Turn to a legal team with experience and resources

Our team of Kentucky personal injury lawyers has extensive experience helping clients with a broad range of personal injury law areas, including – but not limited to – the following:

Auto Accidents

Whether you’ve been injured in a wreck on I-64, I-65, the Gene Snyder, or any other road in Louisville, our personal injury attorneys can help you obtain maximum compensation for any injuries sustained as a result of a negligent driver. We can help you obtain compensation for property damage, lost wages, emotional distress, medical bills and other medical expenses, and more. Don’t deal with the insurance company alone.

Brain Injury

Brain injury victims may require years of recovery and may incur bills after the initial incident. If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, or a brain injury of any kind, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Birth injuries

Birth injuries sustained during labor or delivery are often a result of improper medical care or medical malpractice. Birth injured victims deserve to be represented properly in a personal injury case where doctors or other medical staff are responsible for a baby’s injuries.

Dog Bites

Dog bites can often result in serious injury, and in Kentucky, which does not adhere to the “one-bite rule”, regardless of the dog’s history, the owner can be held responsible for a dog bite.

Defective Product

In many cases, defects in products occur due to errors made by the manufacturer, causing them to malfunction or not work as intended. However, under personal injury law, it is possible to hold the manufacturer liable for such defects, even if they were unaware of the errors or the resulting injuries caused by their designs.

Defective Medical Devices

Companies who make, sell, or distribute medical devices must make sure they are safe to use. If you get a faulty device and it hurts you, those responsible for creating and distributing it can be held accountable for the harm caused.

Drug Injury

If a pharmaceutical drug harms you, makes your condition worse, or leads to the death of a loved one, you might qualify for compensation under Louisville personal injury and Kentucky law.

Environmental Injuries

If you have been diagnosed with an illness caused by a toxic substance in Louisville, KY, it is likely still possible to file a lawsuit, even if it’s a recent diagnosis.

Fire and Burn Injury

Dealing with burn injuries due to someone else’s negligence can be incredibly painful and debilitating. Burns have the potential to leave lasting scars and disfigure victims, resulting in both physical injuries and emotional trauma. Personal injury attorneys can identify those at fault and pursue the compensation you need.

Insurance Dispute

Insurance carriers routinely do not honor insurance claims or pay personal injury victims what they deserve. Let us provide you with the aggressive legal representation that is sometimes necessary when dealing with insurance carriers.

Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home malpractice, abuse and neglect are unfortunate situations that occur often in Louisville. Our experienced team has extensively and successfully litigated these types of claims to protect elders from negligent nursing homes and staff.

Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accidents in Louisville are common and can lead to serious injuries and long-term recovery. Let our Louisville injury lawyers fight for the financial compensation you will need for incoming medical bills and other money you may be entitled to.

Truck Accident

Semi-truck accidents or other commercial vehicle accidents are complex. Our team of personal injury lawyers know what it takes to hold all responsible parties accountable so that injured victims can receive maximum compensation.

Premises Liability

If you’ve been injured in a retail store, commercial property, or someone else’s personal property, personal injury lawyers can help ensure that you are properly compensated.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Personal injury cases involving slip and falls are common in Louisville, KY. Lawyers for injuries sustained by a slip and fall can prove helpful, especially when dealing with a big-box retailer, where these incidences often happen.

Social Security Disability

If you have been injured in a work-related incident and are now facing temporary or permanent disability as a result, you may be eligible to receive benefits. Let our SSD lawyers help you with your application and the often complex application process.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice claims should be handled by attorneys experienced in personal injury law. It is also important to understand that Kentucky does not have damage caps, so hiring a Louisville, KY law firm can help you recover maximum compensation.

Workers’ Compensation

Workplace accidents in Louisville can impact lives dramatically. If you’ve been injured while working, you may have a valid workers’ compensation claim and could potentially also seek additional damages from other parties responsible for the incident.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death cases should be handled by an experienced team of Louisville personal injury lawyers who have successfully held responsible parties accountable. If your loved one’s death was caused by the negligent or wrongful actions of another party, you may have a basis to seek significant compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

For a full list of the types of cases we represent and to learn more about your legal rights, refer to our Practice Areas or call us today to speak to our legal team for free at (502) 585-4025.

Client reviews and testimonials

"Hughes & Coleman is the best Law Firm there is. They stood beside us and helped us along the way. Anyone out there that's looking for a lawyer, Hughes & Coleman is the way to go."

Patricia H.

"Hughes & Coleman was the absolute best possible choice for me to make as my Injury Lawyer. They handled my case with the upmost care, consideration, and courtesy I could ask for. All of the service was excellent, from the Lawyers to the secretary staff. I am thankful and grateful for everything they have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone in need of legal representation after being injured in any kind of situation."

Vincent M.

"This Law Firm has definitely been wonderful! The entire staff has been very helpful and accurate in all of their work. After being in a car accident, you want a lawyer you can trust, not someone that is out to gain money in their pocket. Hughes and Coleman has been more concerned about my well being and the care I have received since the wreck more than anything. They truly do show you compassion and take time out of their day to ensure you are getting the best care. Thank you to the entire staff for being so very kind!"

Adam W.

Personal injury attorney settlements Louisville, KY

Recent settlements and verdicts

When facing a personal injury claim in Louisville, KY, it is vital for victims to seek guidance from an experienced personal injury attorney in order to obtain fair compensation. Insurance companies often present settlement offers that fall short of the amount our clients deserve. Our law firm’s proven track record of securing substantial settlements and court verdicts demonstrates our unwavering commitment to our clients and their personal injury cases.

Some of our recent settlements and court rulings include the largest in Kentucky:

Truck Accident Trial Jury Award: $12,000,000 (Initial Settlement Offer: $50,000)

Car Accident Settlement: $250,000 (Initial Settlement Offer: $25,000)

Car Accident Settlement: $207,800 (Initial Settlement Offer: $100,000)

By choosing our personal injury law firm, personal injury victims can rely on our experience and dedication to pursue the compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses.

Our office is conveniently located near you

If you’ve been injured in Louisville, KY, our dedicated team is here for you. Our office is located on Poplar Level Rd. If you’re experiencing physical pain and cannot travel, we will even come to you. Let us help you recover compensation for all the damages you have sustained.

Call us today at 800-800-4600. Get it done.

Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers

5004 Poplar Level Rd, Louisville, KY 40219

(502) 585-4025

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Frequently asked questions and helpful tips


What does a personal injury lawyer do? Are they different from other types of lawyers?

In this video, Attorney Lee Coleman takes you through what a Louisville personal injury attorney does, and how hiring an experienced law firm can help you recover the compensation you’re entitled to.


In terms of licensing and education, there isn’t a real difference. Lawyers are licensed to practice law when they have attended law school and then (assuming they received high enough grades) they pass a test called the Bar Exam. The real difference between Injury or accident lawyers is what area of law they choose to practice in once they are out of school and are actively practicing as an attorney. Simply put, a personal injury lawyer represents clients who have suffered an injury, either physical or psychological, due to the negligence or wrong doing of another party. This can include work injuries, car or other accidents, defective products, medical malpractice or mistakes, and slip and fall accidents. The other party can be an individual, a corporation, a government agency, or another entity entirely. This is commonly referred to as tort law.

What do lawyers typically charge for personal injury claims?

This does vary from state to state and from firm to firm. However, most personal injury attorneys will work on what is called a “contingency basis.” This means they only get paid if you win. Most attorneys will charge one-third of your settlement, while others will ask for 40%. It varies from one law firm to another so you should ask this question.

What are the important things I should do if I have been injured and a personal injury claim will need to be filed?

Before you think about the legal issue, focus on ensuring your safety. Do not try to be “the tough person” and say that you are okay when you know you are not. Accidents happen. They are part of life. It doesn’t matter if it is a car accident, injury at work, slip and fall, injury occurring while using a defective product, etc., you need to do the following:

  1. Seek medical attention right away. Even if it is not a serious injury, you should be checked out by a physician. Some injuries are internal, and any time that passes could cause those injuries to worsen. You should know that if you do not get medical attention after your accident, the amount you are awarded can often be reduced, and in some cases, by a significant amount.
  2. File a police report. Some people don’t want to be “that person” who calls the police, but your health and economic well-being could be negatively affected if you do not take the proper steps and call the police. The reason a police report is important is it serves as the official document of exactly what happened. The officer will talk to you, the other person involved (if applicable) and any witnesses.
  3. Keep a level head when speaking to others at the scene of an accident. If you do not know what happened, keep quiet and wait for the police and/or medical personnel to arrive at the scene. Speaking of the incident following an accident can just cause confusion. Since this is a personal injury and you are not at fault, it’s not helpful for you to discuss what occurred. Let the evidence speak for itself, and let the experts make their own determination based on that evidence. The reason you get an attorney is to make sure your story is told, the facts are presented, and that you get the justice you deserve.
  4. Record costs and expenses related to the injury. Keep a notebook of everything that happens following the injury including: (1)How you feel. (2)Your sleep patterns. (3)Any loss or change of appetite. (4)Anything that is disruptive to your normal schedule. (5)If you go to the doctor, record the time you leave, mileage driven, and when you get home. (6)Record every expense. (7)Also record the time and details of each phone call regarding your case. This can be invaluable to you if it ends up going to trial or to reach a good settlement. (8) Changes in work schedule or abilities.
  5. Do NOT sign any documents without having a professional review them. It is one of the oldest tricks in the book, an insurance company pressuring you with “we need you to sign these basic forms.” What you are actually doing is signing away your right to take the case to court and instead go to a mediator. The reason they want you to sign documents is it is in THEIR favor, not yours.
  6. Don’t settle on your own. Insurance carriers will have legal representatives on the other side, so should you. Yes, there are circumstances when you can settle on your own, but those are rare. Getting professional legal advice for something you feel unsure of is a very wise move. Talk to a Louisville lawyer with experience. Our Louisville personal injury attorneys have decades of dedicated experience helping folks just like you.

What is required to be a personal injury attorney in Kentucky?

Of course, a written bar exam must be passed and often a written ethics examination as well. Most states require a four-year degree and a law degree from an accredited school. There is also the Multi-state Bar Examination (MBE), and the Multi-state Essay (MSE).

What are some of the qualities I should look for in a Louisville personal injury attorney?

As you try to find the best personal injury lawyers in Louisville for you, you may soon realize that it is quite the task. Some of the things you should think about include:

  1. Can you relate to them? While you are sitting in their office discussing the case, pay attention to how quickly they understand your issue. Are they focused or distracted? Do they ask you to repeat yourself as if their mind was preoccupied? Do you feel a connection with them? Do they use words you don’t understand or come across as arrogant?  If so, then they will probably come across that way to the insurance adjuster or jury, which could negatively affect your case.
  2. Do they make communication a priority? How often will you be contacted? In what manner? If you are a person that needs updates to keep your stress level down ask about their policy and processes. If they offer a casual answer, and don’t have a ready answer for you, it could mean that they haven’t given much thought to the issue of communication, and that they handle it casually.
  3. Ask Tough Questions: – How long have you been practicing as a personal injury attorney? – Do you handle other areas of law or just personal injury cases? – (If other areas) What percentage of your caseload is personal injury? – Have you ever had your law license suspended or revoked? – How many trials have you done in the last 12 months? 5 years? – What is your success rate? – Will I be dealing directly with you or with an associate? – How do your peers view you? Judges? – Do you fully account for all settlement funds so I am paid correctly? – Does the contingency fee cover everything or do I have to pay any expenses? – Will you ensure that the settlement will take into account the medical bills so I will not be stuck with payments following your contingency fee?

Which personal injury lawyer should I select in Louisville?

Hughes and Coleman has a proven track record fighting for Louisville accident victims. Knowing individuals, local laws, and specific people in the case such as the insurance adjuster, or the judge over the case, allows us to prepare the RIGHT way to give you the best chance of winning. Do your homework and read the reviews online. Call your insurance agent, neighbors, friends, etc. for referrals and then call and ask questions. If a law firm has been around the community for many years, there is good reason. Bad law firms get a bad reputation that catches up with them eventually. But the good ones are a part of the community. They contribute to their local community, and have stood the test of time. Talk to our Louisville attorneys by calling our law offices and see what sets us apart.

Who receives the settlement check when I win my case?

Typically, since your attorney is working on a contingency basis, your law firm physically receives the check. Often, the attorney will have a trust account set up where the check is deposited and from that account your medical bills and expenses are paid, your lawyer takes their fee and you are given the remaining amount. Your attorney will go over all expenses, their fees, and what was paid out when you arrive at the office to receive your check. If there are charges which you dispute, the disputed charges will remain in the trust, and you will receive a check for the non-disputed amount.

What does a personal injury lawyer typically cost? Is there a cost difference in Louisville compared to the national average?

Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency model. Most people do not have the funds to pay for an attorney upfront, so the law firm representing you in your injury case takes a risk and represents you “contingent” on winning. In plain English, this means that you and your lawyer are agreeing that winning your case and getting a settlement is required in order for them to get paid. They are agreeing that if there isn’t a settlement or verdict, then they will pay the court costs out of their own pocket. Fees at law firms can vary, but generally, it’s common to hear of contingency fees ranging from 25%-40% of the settlement amount.

When should you call a personal injury lawyer?

Knowing when to hire a personal injury lawyer in Louisville is a common question. If at all possible, it is best to consult with an attorney within the first 72 hours when you are able to make sound judgments and decisions. Getting the best possible attorney on your case can help give you peace of mind and reduce your stress. Let your attorney handle everything so that you can start recovery right away.

Do I really need a personal injury lawyer in Louisville for my case?

It is well known in the Louisville area that an individual in an injury case who is not represented by an attorney can easily find themselves bullied by insurance carriers. Claims adjusters routinely make low-ball offers with “take it or leave it” tactics attempting to settle for thousands less than what you are entitled to. Hughes and Coleman has the power and experience to fight for you and overcome the obstacles that insurance companies create.

Do you handle cases involving medical malpractice?

We do, however you need to understand from the start that medical malpractice cases can be quite complex. There are still hundreds of thousands of people who die each year due to medical malpractice, and a far larger number are injured, some permanently. A medical malpractice case requires we show that a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare providers, provided health care that falls below the standard that has been set forth as reasonably safe or which lead directly to the harm of the patient. A few examples of medical malpractice would be:

  • Surgery performed on the wrong limb or wrong location.
  • Misreading a radiology chart (X-Ray, CT Scan, MRI), which resulted in the incorrect procedure being recommended, or a delay in getting the proper treatment started.

My case involves a brain injury – can you help me?

We can, and we have helped many clients through these types of cases. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are often injuries that are overlooked in many accidents because the symptoms do not usually appear until much later, often after the case has been settled. Brain injuries are defined as either mild or severe. Oddly, there is no middle ground. The definition of a mild brain injury is one in which you lost consciousness for less than 30 minutes. Mild TBI can include: coordination problems, depression, excessive sleep, mood changes, violent outbursts, short-term memory loss, loss of smell, sensitivity to light, and nausea. Moderate to Severe TBI can include: clear fluid draining from ears, dilated pupils, depression, nausea, vomiting, difficulty speaking, confusion, not being able to walk normally, etc.

I heard that truck accidents are more complicated than car accidents. Is that true?

On average, there are more than 30,000 large truck accidents per year and for the majority of these accidents, driver negligence is to blame. Did you know that semis can weigh as much as 20,000 pounds? That’s ten tons. Once it is moving at 70mph or faster, disaster can happen if the driver is not paying attention. Accidents involving semis are five times more likely to cause death than an accident between two cars. Having legal representation against a trucking company and their insurance carrier is highly recommended, as it can be a very complex case.

I have a workers compensation case that I’ve been told is complex. Can you help?

Personal injury is actually more complex because you have to prove fault. In a workers’ compensation case, you do not have to prove fault. If you are hurt on the job you are entitled to benefits. The biggest difference is that you cannot file for “pain and suffering” compensation under workers’ comp. You cannot sue your company or your co-workers, even if they were at fault. This is due to how the workers’ compensation laws were changed in order to give workers weekly benefits due to injury.

I was injured on someone’s property and I understand this is called premises liability. Do you take those types of cases?

Know that just because you were injured on someone’s property does not automatically make them negligent in the case. Even if the property had unsafe conditions, a claimant will still have the burden of proof that the property owner knew of the unsafe condition, and did nothing, or very little, to remedy the situation. We do handle premises liability cases and most fall under the categories of slip and fall, ice accidents, failure to properly maintain the premises, defective conditions, elevator/escalator accidents, dog bites, swimming pool accidents, hot tub/spa accidents, amusement park accidents, etc.

What is the best way to handle an insurance settlement dispute?

It is bad enough to suffer through an accident, but it’s worse when the insurance settlement is denied or a dispute arises. Contacting a personal injury attorney to review your policy regarding a denial or dispute is highly advised. Hughes and Coleman has a great deal of experience handling insurance disputes.

What laws are there to protect me if I have a prescription drug injury?

Prescription drugs have helped us lead longer and healthier lives, however, there are circumstances when profit is put forth over the health and safety of the general public. Many lawsuits are filed against pharmaceutical companies for many reasons pertaining to their liability and responsibility to provide adequate information to patients and doctors. Even though prescription drugs must go through FDA approval, some prescription drugs have proven to be extremely dangerous for certain patients.  If you have suffered serious side effects taking a prescription drug under your doctor’s supervision, contact us and we can determine if you have a case.

What about defective medical devices? What are my legal rights in a dispute?

The medical field has made great strides in terms of keeping us healthy and giving us a higher quality of life. However, due to shortcuts and inadequate time during trials, medical devices can bring more harm than good. For example, heart stents, pacemakers, cardiac defibrillators, silicone breast implants, hip replacements, and knee replacements are some of the medical devices which have caused serious harm to tens of thousands, and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of patients.

My parent was a victim of nursing home abuse. What should I do?

One of the most difficult decisions you can make is to place a loved one into a nursing home to get the care they need. That decision is difficult enough without being compounded by finding that your family member was victimized by the home you entrusted their care to. Most nursing homes provide excellent care, but there are also poorly run facilities, which look on the outside like a well-run facility. No one deserves to be abused. The elderly can be more susceptible to abuse due to their frail and vulnerable condition. Contact us for help and we will determine what the proper steps to protect your parent and ensure the people responsible are brought to justice.


If you have any other questions, call us at 800-800-4600. Our legal team is here for you 24/7.


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