Contact Numbers for Ombudsmen Field Offices

Pikeville Office

Phone:  606-433-7661
Fax:  606-433-7798

 
 
 
 


Department of Workers' Claims Constituent Services
In order to help the public better understand the Kentucky Workers' Compensation System, the legislature in 1994 created the Workers' Compensation Ombudsman program. The role of an ombudsman is spelled out in KRS 342.329.
 
Generally the ombudsmen provide five functions:
 
  • Serve as a neutral and reliable information source for employees, employers, medical providers and other program participants.
  • Respond to inquiries and complaints about the system and participants in the program.
  • Advise all parties of their rights and obligations under Kentucky Workers' Compensation Law.
  • Mediate disputes.
  • Perform other duties as required by the Commissioner.

In 1996, the legislature created the Workers' Compensation Specialist program to further assist the public as a low-cost means to resolve disputes as to entitlement to benefits and expedite delivery of service to injured workers. Specialists perform many of the same duties as the ombudsmen.

In addition, specialists:
 
  • Assist workers in obtaining medical reports and other documents necessary for a claim for benefits and assist in completing claim forms.
  • Facilitate evaluation of injured workers to ascertain the feasibility of vocational rehabilitation.

All ombudsmen and specialists are knowledgeable about Kentucky Workers' Compensation and applicable procedures. Ombudsmen and specialists are located in three sites in Kentucky.

Frankfort (Main Office)
Phone: 800-554-8601
Fax:     502-564-9533
Hours:  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 
Division Director
 
Lucretia Johnson 502-782-4559
 
Chief Specialist/Ombudsman:
 
John W. Mann  502-782-4532
 
Specialists:
 
Tara Aziz  502-782-4555
Christy Tandy  502-782-4443
Vickie Estill  502-782-4475
Danny Wheeler  502-782-4512
Stephen Roth  502-782-4447
Judy Fenley   502-782-4515
 
Legal Counsel: 
 
Tom Dockter  502-782-4527
Pikeville Office

Phone: 606-433-7661
Fax:     606-433-7798
Hours:  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 
Specialist: Paula Hampton
 
If you have questions, send an e-mail to: kywcombuds@ky.gov