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Oct 16, 2018

The Unscrupulous Practice of Balance Billing

By |October 16th, 2018|Medical Negligence|0 Comments

Many of us will require emergency medical care at some point in life. Depending on the type of ailment you have when the medics arrive, you may not have a say in who provides you with care, including the ambulance and the hospital to which you are taken. Unfortunately, some healthcare providers have figured out a way to overcharge patients in their hour of need through the practice of balance billing. This is certainly an [...]

Oct 9, 2018

Dangerous Roadways in Mississippi and Car Accident Claims

By |October 9th, 2018|Car Accident|0 Comments

Many serious car accidents in Mississippi and throughout the nation are initiated by careless or inattentive drivers. However, some crashes are due to dangerous roadways. In Mississippi, roadways that are inadequately maintained or designed improperly and without certain features that contribute toward traffic safety can lead to accidents. When defective design, maintenance, or construction leads to a motor vehicle crash, those injured as a result may have a legitimate car accident claim. In these cases, [...]

Oct 2, 2018

Epinephrine Shots After Cardiac Arrest Leading to Brain Damage

By |October 2nd, 2018|Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

Medical teams throughout Mississippi and across the nation have commonly used adrenaline, also called epinephrine, for many decades to treat emergency cardiac arrest victims in an attempt to save their lives. Traditionally, adrenaline is use when CPR and electric shocks have failed to start the heart and restore breathing. New information available, however, provides evidence that the use of epinephrine in these cases only increases the survival odds of patients to slight degree, while at [...]

Sep 25, 2018

Pelahatchie Construction Site Explosion Reinforces the Dangers Faced By Heavy Industry Workers

By |September 25th, 2018|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

A building was heavily damaged when an explosion rocked a central Mississippi construction site on the afternoon of September 10 in Pelahatchie, east of Jackson. No one was reported injured. According to news reports, three workers were performing tank welding operations at the Jackson Commodities building when vapor in the air ignited, causing the explosion. According to Mike Ward, Rankin County Emergency Management Director, the top portion of one of the tanks was propelled through [...]

Sep 18, 2018

Is It Safe for Teens to Be Truck Drivers?

By |September 18th, 2018|Truck Accident|0 Comments

A recent driver shortage across the United States has caused a push to put older teens and young adults – ages 18 to 21 – on the highways as truck and tractor-trailer drivers. Many trucking industry representatives, as well as politicians, believe one way to assuage the issue could be loosening federal regulations around the legal age for interstate truck drivers. Past efforts to drop the federal age for tractor-trailer drivers have failed, illustrating that [...]

Sep 10, 2018

Merkel & Cocke Client Awarded $2.4 Million Verdict in OB/GYN Malpractice Case

By |September 10th, 2018|Medical Negligence|0 Comments

Merkel & Cocke, P.A. is proud to announce that partners Charlie Merkel, Jr. and Charles Merkel, III recently secured a $2.4 million jury award on behalf of a client who sustained multiple injuries during a hospital admission for an elective induction for the birth of her child at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. The jury found that our client’s OB/GYN, Dr. James Holzhauer, was ultimately responsible for the multiple injuries she sustained during the course of [...]

Sep 5, 2018

Are Auto Electronic Safety Systems Safe Enough?

By |September 5th, 2018|Car Accident|0 Comments

A recent warning by an industry insurance group tells consumers that their cars and trucks with electronic driver assist don't always see stopped vehicles. More? Their vehicles might even steer them right into a crash if they aren't paying full attention to the road. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released the results of testing several driver assist programs on several models and brands of vehicles. Specifically, they tested the driver assist programs [...]

Aug 28, 2018

What Are Repetitive Stress Injuries, and How Do They Happen?

By |August 28th, 2018|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

When you suffer an injury that causes you to lose time from work, it doesn't have to be something as dramatic as losing a finger or breaking an ankle. A variety of businesses and industries call Mississippi home, and no matter what your job is or what you do for a living, it's simply an unfortunate fact that you might get hurt on the job. One of the most common workers' compensation claims each year [...]

Aug 23, 2018

Beyoncé Opens Up about Preeclampsia – What You Should Know

By |August 23rd, 2018|Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

Recently, superstar performer Beyoncé gave an interview to Vogue magazine where she spoke about her experience with preeclampsia while pregnant with her twins Rumi and Sir, and subsequent emergency C-section. Preeclampsia (previously known as “toxemia”) is a complication of pregnancy that can cause high blood pressure, kidney damage, and other serious health problems. This condition can be life-threatening to both the mother and baby, and typically develops during the last trimester, but can develop earlier. [...]

Aug 17, 2018

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

By |August 17th, 2018|Firm News|0 Comments

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 [...]

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