Workers’ Compensation


Sturgill Turner’s workers’ compensation defense attorneys know that a well-managed workforce, proactive personnel policies and procedures, and strategic labor relations help keep businesses on track. An important piece of that framework includes managing and reducing employers’ exposure to claims associated with work-related injuries. Our dedicated team of employment law attorneys is poised and available to assist our clients and their insureds with:

  • Workers’ compensation defense litigation

  • Workers’ compensation subrogation suits

  • Workers’ compensation policies and procedures

  • Workers’ compensation retaliation claims

  • Reasonable accommodation compliance

  • Statutory and regulatory compliance

  • Workplace safety

  • OSHA investigations and hearings

  • Loss control and liability assessments

  • Defense of injury and death claims

  • Settlement negotiations/mediation

  • Medical fee disputes

  • Defense and initiation of re-openings

  • On-site client training


Our experience in the area of workers’ compensation defense includes:

  • Representation of workers’ compensation carriers’ insureds and self-insured employers before Administrative Law Judges, the Workers’ Compensation Board, Kentucky Court of Appeals and Kentucky Supreme Court.

  • Successful representation of workers’ compensation carriers and self-insured employers in workers’ compensation subrogation lawsuits in jurisdictions across Kentucky.

  • Successfully represented a health care provider’s employer in the Kentucky Supreme Court case of Kentucky Employers Safety Association v. Lexington Diagnostic Center, et al., 291 S.W.3d 683 (Ky. 2009), where an employer sought medical benefits for testing for its employee to rule out exposure to potentially hazardous body fluids. The Court of Appeals wrote that the ramification of the decision “is significant to workers in law enforcement, medical first responders and others who, in the course of their employment, are exposed to potentially hazardous body fluids.”

  • Conducting on-site training for employers and insurers on workers’ compensation issues and evolving statutory and case law.

  • Created a waiver for claimants’ temporary total disability benefits during times when employees return to restricted work in a non-customary employment position that has been approved by the Chief Administrative Judge of the Department of Workers’ Claims.