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Sep 10, 2019

Workers’ Compensation and Mental Health Claims in Mississippi

By |September 10th, 2019|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

As a general rule, if you are physically hurt in an accident, you may need to treat with ER doctors, orthopedists, pain management doctors, and other specialists. You may need to work with physical, vocational, and occupational therapists. But what if your injury led to mental trauma? Or what if the incident caused you no physical injury at all, but has affected your mental health? You can file for workers’ compensation for mental or emotional [...]

Sep 3, 2019

Electronic Stimulation Is Giving New Hope to Spinal Cord Injury Patients

By |September 3rd, 2019|Personal Injury|0 Comments

A recent uplifting story in Nature International Journal of Science reported on the thrill that Rob Summers, who was paralyzed from the chest down, felt when he realized he could wiggle his toe. The neurophysiologist, Dr. Susan Harkema, at the University of Louisville in Kentucky ran a few physical tests to confirm the wiggle was no accident. In 2009, Dr. Harkema had implanted tiny electrodes in his spine hoping to show that the spine “contains [...]

Aug 27, 2019

School Is in Session; Time to Talk about School Bus Safety

By |August 27th, 2019|Bus Accident|0 Comments

Parents can control the cars they drive. They rely on the school system and the school bus driver to be properly licensed and trained to drive their children. The good news, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is that children are 70 times more likely to get to school safely if they’re in a bus than in a car. Still, accidents do happen on the way to school or on the way [...]

Aug 19, 2019

Congratulations, John Cocke, on Being Named to Best Lawyers in America!

By |August 19th, 2019|Firm News|0 Comments

Merkel & Cocke, PA is thrilled to announce that partner John Hartwell Cocke has been named to the annual Best Lawyers in America® list for his work on behalf of medical malpractice and personal injury plaintiffs. Mr. Cocke has been selected for inclusion every year since 2007. What is Best Lawyers in America? The Best Lawyers in America publication is released annually and has become one of the most trusted names in the legal sector [...]

Aug 13, 2019

The Dangers of Driving in Rural Mississippi

By |August 13th, 2019|Car Accident|0 Comments

No matter where you are going when you are driving your car, you must always take precautionary measures to stay safe on the road. If live or work here in Mississippi, though, you have to take more precautions than most. More vehicle accidents occur in Mississippi than almost anywhere else in the United States. One of the primary reasons why accidents happen in our state more than other areas is the percentage of rural roads. [...]

Aug 6, 2019

What Are the Most Common Injuries in Casinos?

By |August 6th, 2019|Personal Injury|0 Comments

When most people think about visiting the casino, they think about playing the slots, making a few bets, and enjoying some card games, such as poker and blackjack. Most people would not even think about the possibility of suffering from a serious injury while visiting a casino, but different injuries have been sustained at various casinos across the United States. You could sustain injuries just about anywhere inside the building, whether you are using the [...]

Jul 30, 2019

The Challenges of Suing FedEx

By |July 30th, 2019|Truck Accident|0 Comments

When you get into an accident with a commercial truck, the most important part of your claim is determining liability: who is responsible for the damage and your injuries, and who can be held liable? Maybe it’s the driver who was speeding, or the company itself, which failed to maintain its fleet. Maybe the liability falls with the shipper or the broker. When that truck is a FedEx truck, however, there can be additional concerns [...]

Jul 25, 2019

Recalled Products That Are Putting Lives at Risk

By |July 25th, 2019|Defective Products|0 Comments

When a product is recalled, it is because the product is defective or harmful to people in some way. It may not function the way that it was intended to, which can put the lives of many people in jeopardy. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission takes on the responsibility of announcing recalls to the public, making sure that everyone is aware of the problems with certain products while discontinuing the use of those [...]

Jul 9, 2019

How to Fix Inaccurate Accident Reports

By |July 9th, 2019|Personal Injury|0 Comments

After a car accident which involves death, injury, or damage to a vehicle, it is common practice to contact the police. In fact, for most accidents, it’s required that one of the drivers in the accident contact the police. The police will perform several tasks at the car accident site such as arranging to remove the cars and vehicles to side of the of the road so traffic can proceed. The police will attend to [...]

Jul 2, 2019

Merkel & Cocke Client Awarded $150,000 Resulting from Legal Malpractice by Another Firm

By |July 2nd, 2019|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

In 2008, Lori Cooperwood (nee Chandler) was hurt while working at Cooper Tire in Tupelo. Like most other injured workers, she wanted to file for workers’ compensation. She hired another local law firm to help her with her claim. The mistakes and egregious misconduct of that firm’s law clerk led to an 11-year battle for justice. On June 25, 2019, attorneys Corrie Schuler and Robert Carson were able to secure that justice for Mrs. Cooperwood, [...]

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