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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 [...]

Dec 5, 2017

Mississippi Workers’ Compensation, Dangerous Jobs and Death Benefits

By |December 5th, 2017|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

Every job in the U.S. economy is an important one, but some are far more dangerous than others. Each year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tracks workplace injuries and fatalities in its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (COFI). In 2015, the COFI reported that there were 4,836 fatal workplace injuries; 77 of them occurred in Mississippi. In response to the 2016 COFI, U.S. Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez said the high numbers of workplace [...]

Nov 30, 2017

How to Sue Your Doctor for Medical Negligence

By |November 30th, 2017|Medical Negligence|0 Comments

Discovering that you have suffered a serious injury because of your doctor’s negligence can be a difficult thing. You understand that filing a lawsuit is not going to fix the mistake, and if you have lost a loved one due to a medical error, winning a lawsuit will not bring back your loved one. But taking legal action is the only way to obtain justice when you have sustained a preventable injury, and to hold [...]

Nov 16, 2017

Merkel & Cocke Help Family After Propane Explosion

By |November 16th, 2017|Firm News|0 Comments

Merkel & Cocke recently had the pleasure of helping a family gain some small amount of justice for the injuries they suffered due to a propane explosion at their home. The path to justice was not an easy one, and we salute the family for persevering through a very difficult and lengthy process. It has taken three years, but in the end they have obtained the compensation they deserved for the injuries they suffered. Their [...]

Nov 16, 2017

Thinking “Outside The Box” – How Merkel & Cocke Sought Help For The Irwin Family

By |November 16th, 2017|Firm News|0 Comments

Merkel & Cocke is currently involved in a wrongful death case, representing the family of Mr. Irwin, a construction worker who was killed while working as an employee of a sub-contractor on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction project. While performing work in the “clearing and grubbing” phase of the project, Mr. Irwin was killed when a large tree fell on the cab of the track hoe he was operating. Not only did Mr. [...]

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