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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

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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. [...]

Nov 16, 2016

Charles Merkel, Jr. Receives MAJ’s Lifetime Achievement Award

By |November 16th, 2016|Firm News|0 Comments

The law firm of Merkel & Cocke is proud to announce that Charles M. Merkel, Jr., has received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Association for Justice. Charles M. (Charlie) Merkel, Jr. has been a trial lawyer since 1966 when he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He was born and raised in Mississippi and attended the University of Mississippi for both his undergraduate and law degrees. [...]

Aug 16, 2016

John Cocke Receives The ‘Beyond The Call Of Duty’ Award From The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project

By |August 16th, 2016|Firm News|0 Comments

John Cocke, a founding member of Merkel & Cocke, received the ‘Beyond The Call Of Duty’ award from the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP). The MVLP is a joint venture of The Mississippi Bar Association and Mississippi Legal Services Programs. More than 1,600 Mississippi attorneys volunteer their time and expertise to participate in the Project, and as a result, more than 5,000 low income citizens are assisted by the Project each year. The ‘Beyond The [...]

Nov 16, 2014

Best Lawyers of the Year for 2014

By |November 16th, 2014|Firm News|0 Comments

Charles M. Merkel, Jr., John Hartwell Cocke, William B. Raiford, III, and Charles M. Merkel, III, lawyers of Merkel & Cocke, P.A., were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence.  Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast [...]

Dec 16, 2013

Cocke Honored as Lawyer of the Year

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Cocke Honored as Lawyer of the Year Merkel & Cocke, P.A. is pleased to announce that John Cocke has received Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" award for 2013. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year," making this accolade particularly significant. Read More

Sep 16, 2012

Connell Recognized In Legal Profession

By |September 16th, 2012|Firm News|0 Comments

Edward “Ted” P. Connell, Jr., Esq., of Merkel & Cocke, P.A., in Clarksdale, Mississippi, was recently inducted into the “Leadership in Law Class of 2012" as selected by the Mississippi Business Journal. This honor recognizes the State of Mississippi’s leading legal professionals based on their professional and community achievements. The criteria for selection were across four categories: professional abilities and success, professional recognition, level of influence in professional organizations, and community involvement. The attorneys receiving [...]

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