Kerry Hay:
Norton, Virginia Attorney

The Kerry Hay Law Office is located in the majestic Appalachian mountains in downtown Norton, Virginia, just off of Main Street directly behind Vic’s Decorating. Our office is developed to provide injured individuals with professional and efficient representation using state of the art technology to provide a prompt resolution of their claim.

Kerry has years of experience evaluating injuries and provides representation for Virginia Workers’ Compensation claims, black lung claims, Social Security disability/SSI claims, automobile accidents, Virginia Retirement System disability claims and short/long-term disability claims.

When you’ve been injured many people are often worried about how to pay their bills, how to provide for their family and what exactly the future may hold.  Our mission is to provide you with a personalized evaluation of your claim which takes into account the medical, financial and vocational aspects of your well-being.  Kerry not only provides legal representation, but has years of experience to recommend various agencies in the community to see that you are provided the services you deserve to provide for yourself and your family.

Please feel free to browse around our website.  Should you have any questions give us a call at 276-325-0434, or drop by the office.  Weekend appointments are also available!

P.O. Box 1225
618 Market Place, SW
Norton, VA 24273-2500
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Practice Areas

Workers’ Compensation

When you’ve been injured on the job you may be thinking, “well, I can depend on my employer or the workers’ compensation insurance company to make sure my health care needs are met before I return to work.”  Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.  Both your employer and the insurance company have a financial interest in making sure you return to work as soon as possible – sometimes before you’re ready.

In Virginia, once you’re injured on the job, your employer is required to offer you a panel of doctors to choose from to treat you for your work-related injury.  One of the games employers and insurance companies play is to send you to a doctor of THEIR choosing so you’ll be “locked in” with that doctor for purposes of treatment.  Not good.  Another game insurance companies play is to call you shortly after your accident and record the telephone conversation.  Again, not good.  Insurance adjusters know the right questions to ask and the proper way to bait people to answer their questions.  Kerry has years of experience dealing with workers’ compensation insurance companies and adjusters and know their games as well as they do.  Give our office a call if you find your employer or workers compensation insurance company playing games so we can sit down and talk about your case.  Oh, and it doesn’t cost you anything to call or stop by and talk about your legal issue – talk is still free.

If you are a coal miner or have performed coal related employment you may be entitled to black lung benefits under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.  For example, if it’s determined that you have stage 1 black lung then you may be entitled to 50 weeks of black lung benefits.  A stage 3 determination may entitles the coal miner to 300 weeks of black lung benefits.  Kerry has many years of experience litigating this technical area of law and would be happy to sit down and discuss your eligibility to apply for black lung benefits.

Social Security Disability

Have You Considered Applying for Social Security Disability?

Over the years, the Social Security Administration has made obtaining disability benefits more and more complicated.  When applying for disability benefits, Social Security will look at ALL physical and mental impairments from which an individual suffers.  Kerry has tried many cases for individuals that suffer from such things as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, pain from ruptured discs in the neck and back, various forms of cancer, brain injuries, spine injuries and many other medical conditions.

If you have considered applying for Social Security Disability then now is the time for us to sit down with you and plan a strategy for you to secure your benefits.  In the southwestern Virginia region, it is now taking approximately 2 years for your claim to get before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge should you be denied at the initial and reconsideration levels.  Now is the best time to sit down and discuss why you are unable to work and how Social Security will view your claim as it progresses through the system.

Have You Applied for Social Security Disability and Been Turned Down?

The denial letter you received will let you know that you have 60 days from the date on the letter to appeal the decision made on your claim.  Don’t wait.  Call the Kerry Hay Law Office now so we can sit down, talk about why you are unable to work and get the denial appealed.  Kerry has a proven track record of preparing cases for appeal and presenting your case properly to the Social Security Judge.

Auto Accidents

When you, a loved one, or even a close friend are in a car or truck accident the medical bills start piling up quickly.  ER visits, doctor visits, physical therapy, and various medical testing are all very expensive.  First and foremost, it’s important for you to receive proper medical care.  I’ll be glad to sit down with you and properly coordinate your medical care using your health insurance provider, the medical benefits coverage of you liability insurance company and, of course, the insurance company of the person responsible for the accident.

If the driver who caused the accident is uninsured or underinsured you may have a claim against your own insurance company to pay your medical bills.  Proper coordination of your medical expenses is extremely important to help reduce the likelihood that your medical bills are turned over to a collection agency.

At some point, we need to start talking about having the wrongdoer pay your medical expenses.  It’s important for us to sit down and discuss the extent of your injuries and the extent of future medical treatment that you might need.  Kerry has years of experience negotiating with insurance companies to insure you receive a proper and just settlement of your claim.

Virginia Retirement System Disability

It’s amazing the number of VRS employees that don’t take advantage of the VRS disability retirement program.  Quite frankly, it appears to be one of the best kept secrets in the Commonwealth behind the Virginia Line of Duty Act – but more on that in a minute.

If you qualify for regular retirement under VRS, do you realize that if you also qualify for VRS disability retirement, your monthly benefit is likely higher?  VRS has a disability benefits calculator which will give you an idea of the benefits you should receive at retirement.  Our office is more than happy to sit down and assist you in planning for your retirement under VRS.

The Virginia Line of Duty Act

If public safety officers or firefighters of the Commonwealth are injured while performing their duties, then they and their family members may be eligible for lifetime medical benefits while that individual is under a disability -  and that means 100% coverage of medical benefits!  This link will help explain the benefits available to covered individuals.  We would be more than happy to sit down and explain the coverage to which you are entitled and help you complete the necessary forms.

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Kerry Hay, Norton VA Attorney


Kerry graduated from Haysi High School and, in 1983, joined the United States Air Force.  Kerry worked as a weapons systems technician on the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon until 1988.  Retraining as a cryptographic telecommunications system technician took place at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.  Permanent duty stations included Kunsan Air Base, Republic of South Korea (8th Aircraft Generation Squadron), Shaw Air Force Base, SC (363rd Aircraft Generation Squadron) and McGuire Air Force Base, NJ.  Kerry was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant on February 28, 1991.

Kerry was employed by the Virginia Department of Corrections from 1991 to 1994 as a Correctional Officer.  Employment took place at Keen Mountain Correctional Center, a maximum security facility, at Oakwood, Virginia.

Kerry is married to Norma and they have two kids.  Taylor is a student at Virginia Tech and Justin attends Haysi High School.


A.A.S., Electronic Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force, 1990;

B.S., Psychology, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, 1997;

J.D., Appalachian School of Law, 2000.

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P.O. Box 1225 / 618 Market Place, SW / Norton, VA 24273-2500
Phone: 276-325-0434 / Fax: 888-958-1349 

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