Whether an injury is physical, emotional, or financial, the results can be devastating. Our firm is committed to representing people who have been hurt by someone else’s misdeeds. In personal injury cases, damages can be awarded for injury to a person’s body, mind, reputation, rights, or property. Common personal injury cases include automobile accidents, slip and falls, wrongful death, defective products, infliction of emotional distress, intentional misconduct and negligence. If you believe that you have been a personal injury victim, please contact our firm today. We can help you receive the compensation you deserve!
Automobile accidents, whether involving cars, motorcycles, eighteen wheelers or other large trucks, often involve serious injuries or even death. These injuries can lead to high medical bills, significant time missed from work and extensive pain and suffering. The attorneys of Merkel & Cocke have built a reputation for aggressively and passionately representing those injured in car wrecks.
Premises liability lawsuits include cases where individuals are injured on the premises owned by another. Examples of premises liability cases include slip and falls, trip and falls, ATV accidents and swimming pool drowning cases. Premises liability cases can result in serious, life changing injuries as well as significant medical bills and lost wages.
The most common premises liability cases are those arising from slip and falls and trip and falls. To prevail in a slip and fall case or a trip and fall case in Mississippi, the jury must first find that a dangerous condition existed on the property. Next, the jury must find that either the property owner created the dangerous condition which caused the injury, or that the property owner knew about the dangerous condition yet failed to correct it, or, third, that the dangerous condition existed for a long enough time that the property owner should have know of its existence on the property.
When an accident or mistake takes place at a medical office or hospital, the results can be disastrous. Medical professionals are meant to provide care and healing, but in cases of medical malpractice the opposite occurs. Failing to give a proper diagnosis, issuing the wrong prescription, administering inappropriate care — errors like these can result in serious injury, disability, or even death. Our firm represents victims of medical malpractice and their families. We have particular expertise helping the most vulnerable, including babies injured during birth and victims of catastrophic injury. A child born with cerebral palsy or a severely disabled adult faces many physical, emotional, and financial challenges. To assist us in representing victims of medical malpractice, we employ an RN as a full time part of our staff. In many cases, the family is left in a difficult position both in emotional and economic terms. If you or a family member has been the victim of medical malpractice, our firm can help you receive the compensation you need. Please contact us today.
Unfortunately, mistakes take place at legal offices as well. Lawyers are meant to provide prompt and competent legal assistance; but at times, legal malpractice occurs. Failing to file a lawsuit in a timely manner, conducting proper discovery, and failing to keep a client informed are errors that can result in the loss of one’s ability to recover. Our law firm is one of the few in Tennessee and Mississippi that represents victims of legal malpractice and their families. If you, a family member, or someone you know believes that legal malpractice has been committed in a case, our firm will review the case and give a frank and honest opinion as to whether legal malpractice has occurred and advise as to your remedies. Please contact us today.
Within our system of juris prudence one of the broadest practice areas is civil rights. Civil rights focuses on an individual’s civil liberties. Of these civil liberties, we concentrate on those protected by the Constitution that protects citizens from law enforcement acting under color of law. Specifically, we deal extensively with cases where police officers act with excessive force. Along these lines, police officers are permitted to use force and in some situations, deadly force. However, there are times when officers misuse their authority and injure someone without justification. Excessive use of force could involve a police officer beating a suspect who says an unkind word to him, discharging a firearm and wounding, or killing, when such action was not permitted. If you, or someone you know, has had their civil rights violated by law enforcement, please give us a call at Merkel & Cocke.
Product manufacturers and retailers have a responsibility to protect the consumers who use their products. Manufacturers and designers must ensure that their products are not defective or inherently dangerous when used appropriately. Wholesalers and retailers are expected to keep unsafe products off their shelves. When a defective or dangerous product does harm a consumer who is using it as intended, these parties may bear legal liability. If you have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, please contact us today. We can help you receive compensation for your injuries.
Contracts are legal agreements made between individuals and/or businesses. However, contracts are not immune to dispute. In fact, the nature of the language used in contracts often invites conflict and multiple interpretations. An experienced contract attorney can help prevent and settle disputes that may arise. Contract law can be complicated so having a knowledgeable and experienced contract attorney on hand is important. If you are involved in a contract dispute, please contact our firm today. We can help you achieve a beneficial resolution.
Injuries can occur on the job due to accidents or long-term effects of normal job duties. A construction worker injured in a fall is an example of the former while a graphic designer who develops carpal tunnel syndrome from extended time at the computer represents the latter. Worker’s compensation is a benefit system put in place to help injured workers. Injured employees are eligible for workers’ compensation if they are injured on the job or while performing normal job duties, regardless of fault. By providing for medical expenses and lost wages, workers’ compensation is intended to protect workers and return them to their jobs as soon as possible. Employees who accept workers’ compensation benefits cannot sue their employer, although in some cases, a suit may be brought against a third party. If you believe that you have been wrongfully denied workers’ compensation benefits, our firm can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today!
With Mississippi becoming the third largest gaming area in the world, tourists from across the world are descending upon Mississippi to enjoy “river boat gambling” along with other activities that surround the areas. Unfortunately, incidents that lead to the need for representation by an attorney are inevitable. From slip and falls, to disputes over winnings, our firm represents those individuals who have had unfortunate experiences at Mississippi casinos. If you have been injured at a casino, please contact us immediately as time is of the essence.