Referring Attorneys

Garmer & Prather, PLLC, is a highly respected, AV®-rated, Lexington, Kentucky personal injury law firm with a statewide practice. We devote our practice to representing plaintiffs who have suffered catastrophic injury or death, and we have earned a reputation for achieving excellent results for those clients. Among our areas of practice are medical negligence, products liability, and nursing home abuse, but we have the experience and resources to take on almost any tort action involving severe injury or death. Our experience ranges from single-victim acts of negligence to mass torts and federal multi-district litigation.

Our attorneys are active trial lawyers and appellate advocates. Our philosophy is to prepare every case under the assumption that it will ultimately be decided by a jury, and the lawyers of Garmer & Prather are always prepared to stand before the court and say, "The Plaintiff is ready, Your Honor." We take a comprehensive approach to every case, and handle each one from investigation to verdict, through the last appeal.

William Garmer has been an innovator and trendsetter in Kentucky law for more than three decades. He has successfully represented clients in cases like Hilen v. Hays, 673 S.W.2d 713 (Ky. 1984), in which the Kentucky Supreme Court adopted comparative negligence, and Williams v. St. Claire Medical Center, 657 S.W.2d 590 (Ky. App. 1983), in which the Court adopted the doctrine of ostensible agency, holding hospitals liable for the acts of physicians acting as independent contractors. Among them, our attorneys have more than thirty published cases and have handled more than 150 cases before Kentucky's appellate courts. We have also been called on to file Amicus Curiae briefs on behalf of the Kentucky Justice Association.

We practice in every state and federal court in the Commonwealth. Whether your client's cause of action accrued in Lexington, Louisville, Covington, or anywhere else from the Big Sandy to the Mississippi, we stand ready to help.

Let us be your litigation practice group

Major personal injury cases require an enormous expenditure of time and money, and it may take years to achieve a return on this substantial investment. It can be a risky proposition and heavy financial burden for a lawyer to take on a single plaintiff's case. If you are an attorney or a firm that does not routinely handle contingency cases, or if you simply do not have the time or inclination to give a catastrophic injury case the attention it demands, please contact Garmer & Prather. Catastrophic injury cases are all we do. We have the experience and the resources to evaluate your case, and then work with you through final resolution.

Let us be your local counsel

Sometimes a resident of another state is hurt while in Kentucky. Other times, a Kentucky resident seeks counsel from an out-of-state attorney who has particular experience fitting the client's personalized legal needs, but who is not licensed to practice in Kentucky. Or, there may be times when it would be beneficial to file your case in a Kentucky state or federal court when your client has a choice among several proper venues.

We are always glad to discuss these legal issues with other attorneys, and to provide our analysis to help you decide where to file your case. Should you decide to file in Kentucky, we will support your motion for admission pro hac vice and work closely with you throughout the case. Or, if you prefer, we will take full responsibility for the case, relieving you of worry about idiosyncratic rules of procedure and foreign law, as well as the burden of frequent travel to a far-off venue.

Kentucky's Statute of Limitations, generally found at KRS §§ 413.010-340, is often just one year in personal injury cases. If you are an out-of-state attorney with a possible cause of action in Kentucky, contact us or another Kentucky lawyer as soon as possible.

Fee arrangements

We are never a "silent partner." At Garmer & Prather, if we put our name on a case, we will be actively involved in every stage of the litigation. Our fee-sharing arrangements are negotiated on a case-by-case basis, and reflect the high level of involvement and experience we bring to the case. Agreements are based on many factors, including the relative participation of each firm in the day-to-day conduct of the case, provision of administrative support services, and division of expenses. If you prefer not to remain actively involved, we will take full responsibility for the case.

All fee-sharing agreements are designed to be in full compliance with the Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct. We take our professional reputation seriously, and strive to conduct our practice in accordance with the highest ethical standards of our profession and society; we expect that our co-counsel will always do the same.