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Feb 13, 2018

Why It Is Critical to Take Pictures After a Car Accident

By |February 13th, 2018|Car Accident|0 Comments

You are driving along your usual route when suddenly, “Boom!” you feel the impact, and everything slows down and then everything stops. You feel around to see if you have been hurt, you check on your passengers and the occupants of the other vehicle and then you call 911 for medical help and for the police to come to the scene of the accident. As soon as you know that you are OK, you should [...]

Feb 7, 2018

What You Might Not Know About Rear-End Truck Accidents

By |February 7th, 2018|Truck Accident|0 Comments

Getting hit in a rear-end crash by a large, commercial truck can be a traumatic and devastating experience. A semi-truck fully loaded with cargo might weigh more than 80,000lbs, while the much smaller, passenger vehicle weighs much less and usually bears the most damage in a collision with an 18-wheeler. A rear-end collision is the most common type of motor vehicle accident regardless of its size. Whether a large truck rear-ended your vehicle, or if [...]

Jan 30, 2018

FDA Warns Consumers About Limbrel After Liver and Lung Injury Reports

By |January 30th, 2018|Dangerous Drugs|0 Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety warning to consumers regarding Limbrel, a “medical food” product marketed to “manage the metabolic processes associated with osteoarthritis,” because of an increase in adverse event reports of drug-induced liver injury and a lung infection associated with the product. The FDA advises consumers to stop taking Limbrel and contact their doctor. The FDA also advises health care providers who know that their patients are taking [...]

Jan 23, 2018

John Cocke Named to 2017 Super Lawyers List in Memphis

By |January 23rd, 2018|Firm News|0 Comments

Merkel & Cocke is proud to announce that partner John H. Cocke was named to the 2017 Super Lawyers list for the Memphis area, for his work in the area of Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice. This is Mr. Cocke’s 11th consecutive year being recognized for his work by Super Lawyers. Memphis Magazine listed Mr. Cocke, as well as partner Charles M. Merkel Jr. and firm member Charles Merkel III, in its December issue. [...]

Jan 15, 2018

What is the FDA Doing to Protect Patients at Risk from Connected Devices?

By |January 15th, 2018|Products Liability|0 Comments

You have most likely heard of the massive data breaches which have exposed the personally identifiable information about millions of Americans. People worry about identity theft in the wake of these breaches, but maybe they need to be more aware of the risk of hackers gaining access to connected medical devices. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed that St. Jude-Medical's implantable cardiac devices can be hacked. These implanted devices monitor and control a [...]

Jan 9, 2018

The Deadly Consequences of Obstructive Sleep Apnea for Commercial Truck Drivers

By |January 9th, 2018|Truck Accident|0 Comments

On September 29, 2016, a New Jersey Transit engineer with undiagnosed sleep apnea was operating a train which crashed into the Hoboken train station killing one and injuring 100 people. The train engineer had received a medical examination two months prior to the crash, but was not tested for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). After the accident, the National Transportation Safety Board reported that the engineer had been diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea after the [...]

Jan 3, 2018

Dying at Work in Mississippi

By |January 3rd, 2018|Workplace Injury|0 Comments

The National Employment Law Project has published a new report, Dying on the Job in Mississippi, which reveals that Mississippi workers face one of the highest on-the-job fatality rates of any state in the U.S. Mississippi workers also suffer hundreds of severe injuries every day, and they must deal with a workers' compensation system with benefits so low that they threaten to plunge injured workers and their families into poverty. Here are some startling facts [...]

Dec 27, 2017

Buckle Up, Mississippi. Seat Belts Save Lives

By |December 27th, 2017|Car Accident|0 Comments

The most dangerous thing you will do in your life, you probably do every single day without thinking about it. It is getting behind the wheel of your car. Likely the most dangerous thing your child will do is ride as a passenger in a motor vehicle, especially if they live in Mississippi, where more children die in car crashes each year per capita. Mississippi also has the highest percentage of child fatalities in the [...]

Dec 19, 2017

What is a Catastrophic Personal Injury?

By |December 19th, 2017|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Every day, somewhere in the United States, people suffer serious, catastrophic injuries that will have a lasting impact on the rest of their lives. A catastrophic injury is one that is life-altering, and the effects of that injury could be permanent. Typically, the following injuries are categorized as catastrophic: Burns Spinal cord injuries Traumatic brain injury Limb loss Scarring and disfigurement Loss of vision Loss of hearing Chronic pain Disability These types of injuries may [...]

Dec 12, 2017

Trucking Company Liability for Accidents in Mississippi

By |December 12th, 2017|Personal Injury|0 Comments

You have been injured in a terrible truck accident that the bystanders did not think was survivable. You had surgery, and now you are recovering from your injuries while wondering if your life will ever be the same. You decide to file a lawsuit, and learn that the process may be more complex than you thought. But why is that? It is because commercial trucking companies owe a duty of care to all of the [...]

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