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Aug 17, 2018

Congratulations, Charles M. Merkel III, for Being Named to Best Lawyers in America!

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Merkel & Cocke, P.A. is proud to announce that Charles M. Merkel III has been named to the 2019 Best Lawyers in America list for his work in Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs. Mr. Merkel has been named to the list every year since 2012. Best Lawyers is the foremost peer-reviewed awards process in the country. Every year, lawyers from throughout the country are nominated for their work in 145 different areas of practice. Once [...]

Aug 16, 2018

Congratulations, John Cocke, on Being Named 2019 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America (Again)!

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Merkel & Cocke, P.A. is proud to announce that our co-founder, John Hartwell Cocke, has been selected by his peers for recognition in the 25th Edition of the Best Lawyers in America as the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year,” for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs for Memphis! This is the fourth time he’s been named a Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year in this region and this practice area, having earned the distinction in 2012, [...]

Aug 14, 2018

When a Doctor Fails to Diagnose a Spinal Cord Abscess

By |August 14th, 2018|Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

A spinal cord abscess—also called an epidural abscess—is a rare yet potentially deadly infection in the skull or spinal cord. This infection can be easily missed or misdiagnosed by some doctors, which can lead to long-lasting or catastrophic effects on the patient. If this has happened to you or a loved one, read on to find out more about this condition and learn about your legal options. What is an epidural abscess? An epidural abscess [...]

Aug 7, 2018

Why Nurses Often Need to File Workers’ Compensation Claims

By |August 7th, 2018|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

It’s typical for many people to think that the bulk of work injury claims are filed by construction workers, drivers and other people who perform some kind of manual labor. The reality is, healthcare workers are among those workers who are routinely hurt the most. This is especially true for nurses who regularly must lift, bend, and move patients. As it turns out, they perform much more manual labor than you might think. According to [...]

Jul 31, 2018

Why Spinal Cord Injuries Often Require a Lifetime of Medical Care

By |July 31st, 2018|Spinal Cord Injury|0 Comments

A spinal cord injury can happen in an instant. They’re often due to car accidents, slips and falls, violent acts, and workplace injuries. Medical malpractice by doctors, hospitals, and chiropractors can also cause a spinal cord injury. For example, chiropractors manipulate a person’s spine. If the chiropractor injures the patient, fails to inform the patient of known risks, or fails to refer the patient to someone with more skill when necessary; the chiropractor may be [...]

Jul 24, 2018

Medical Malpractice and Never Events

By |July 24th, 2018|Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

According to a 2016 New York Daily News story, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has tripled the number of legal settlements it’s made since 2011 due to medical error and faulty construction projects. Yearly payments of $338 million were made by the VA in 2015 alone. Medical providers who fail to follow standard medical procedures should be held responsible, if they work in the private sector or if they work for the Veterans Administration. [...]

Jul 17, 2018

Logging Truck and Strawberry Truck Collide in Marshall County

By |July 17th, 2018|Truck Accident|0 Comments

A recent WREG news story reported that the two trucks collided at the intersection of Cayce Road and Highway 302. The accident happened around 8:45 in the morning. The victim, Brooks Brownlee, was driving the strawberry truck. Brownlee Farms said it would be closing its farm in nearby Red Banks. Mr. Brownlee was a beloved member of his community according to sources. The driver of the logging truck was taken to a hospital. The report [...]

Jul 10, 2018

Why Do You Need a Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?

By |July 10th, 2018|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

Hardworking people affected by life-changing injuries and illnesses, which can lead to partial, total, temporary, or permanent disabilities, can receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, they should not handle their cases alone. Instead, they should have workers’ compensation attorneys assist them. But why? The truth is, filing a claim for benefits can be a challenge – especially if you are unfamiliar with the laws, or if you have pre-existing conditions, which some insurance companies might try [...]

Jul 3, 2018

Innovative Care for Serious, Life-Threatening Burn Injuries

By |July 3rd, 2018|Burn Injury|0 Comments

When a person has sustained a severe burn injury whether in a house fire, in a motor vehicle crash, or because of an industrial accident, they often require specialized care for their wounds. Throughout the United States, the health care system has developed a series of regional burn centers that can provide that care. Patients who are admitted to the closest hospital after an accident or incident where they have suffered severe burn injuries are [...]

Jun 26, 2018

Hospitals are Not the Only Place You May Contract Sepsis

By |June 26th, 2018|Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

Many people consider hospitals and major medical centers breeding grounds for infections; a place where superbugs flourish just waiting to claim their victims. In particular, medical treatment requiring invasive surgery can enhance the risk of infection to patients. On the other hand, our homes and workplaces are generally supposed to be free from this type of acute health danger. One particular type of hospital acquired infection that is highly dangerous and life-threatening is sepsis. According [...]

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