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Experience. Experience. This word dominates websites for careers, professions, and skilled trades. Since the internet has become omnipresent in our lives and marketing is dominated by Google, the word experience has become ubiquitous in daily life. I am half-way through my fortieth (40th) year as an attorney. Over those forty years, I have primarily handled injury cases, criminal defense, and mass tort. Admittedly, for the first sixteen years, I handled almost anything that came in the door, but my focus was always on injury and criminal defense. I am thankful for those sixteen years because I learned how to do almost everything a general practice lawyer can handle. I think this overview of general practice was beneficial as I began limiting my practice to injury and criminal defense. I have practiced all over the Jackson Metro area and throughout Mississippi for my 40 years.

In 1980 when I started people found attorneys by word of mouth. It was in the early 1980s when advertising first started, but it was slow to take hold in the legal profession. In many ways, I liked word of mouth more than I do marketing on the internet, television, or any other medium. In the days before the internet (BI), if you worked hard and put your heart into your client’s case, word got out in the community and people seek you out. But “times they are a-changing.” I accept that marketing is a part of every profession or business now. I have presented a statistic recently stating that 80% of the people who sought out a lawyer looked at the lawyer using Google and looked at the lawyer’s website. So, this brings me to the competitive world of legal services. Nowadays you can see billboards, television commercials, internet ads, and newspaper ads for attorneys. I am not complaining about these forms of advertising. It is a way of life, or I should say the way of law-business now. (At Coxwell & Associates we still consider our law careers as a profession and way of life, but that is another blog for another day). It’s not just local home-grown Mississippi attorneys advertising anymore. Now lawyers from across the nation have reached into Mississippi via the internet and are pushing themselves as the lawyer to hire, even though they live 1000 miles away. I often wonder what would prompt a client to hire a lawyer 1000 miles away, but advertising obviously works because it happens daily.

I think of all the things I see, hear, or read in legal advertising and I always come back to the word experience. As I stated earlier, I am in my 40th year. I have handled multi-million-dollar injury (roll-over and big rig collisions) cases, single million-dollar cases (auto collision and private prison litigation), other cases worth only $10,000.00, cases with one injured party and cases with 2000 injured clients. At Coxwell & Associates, we have worked by ourselves and in teams with dozens of lawyers. We are currently working in three mass tort areas (3M Combat Earplug V2 cases, Round-Up cases, Hernia Mesh cases) with dozens upon dozens of attorneys. Many have become very close friends.

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Thousands of people have filed lawsuits against Monsanto alleging that exposure to Roundup, one of the company’s most popular glyphosate-containing herbicides, was a proximate cause of their cancer diagnosis. According to The Guardian, exposure to glyphosate could increase the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma by more than 40 percent.

Thankfully, advancements in oncology have made it possible to diagnose non-Hodgkin lymphoma in its early stages, thus increasing the overall efficacy of treatment. The best approach to treatment, however, depends on many factors including the specific type of lymphoma and its severity.

There are two primary kinds of non-Hodgkin lymphoma:

If you recently found out that your hernia mesh implant has been recalled, it’s only natural to fear the worst. Your first step should be to visit your doctor for an immediate evaluation. You may need to undergo diagnostic tests and possibly have the mesh removed.

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If you discover that a defect in your hernia mesh has caused health complications or that the mesh must be surgically removed, you may be entitled to compensation for the resulting medical expenses and other damages. A product liability attorney from Coxwell & Associates can evaluate your situation to determine if you have grounds for a claim against the hernia mesh manufacturer or another party. Call 877-231-1600 to schedule a free consultation with a hernia mesh lawyer in Jackson.

Read on to learn a few reasons why hernia mesh devices have been recalled over recent years:

Incisional hernia repair is one of the most commonly performed operations in the United States. In at least half of all cases, prosthetic mesh is used to reinforce weakened tissue in the abdominal wall.

Despite its widespread use, hernia mesh poses certain risks. For example, it can cause an infection, puncture an organ, or create an intestinal blockage.

To complicate matters, such issues can arise years after implantation. Regardless of how much time has passed since your procedure, though, it is wise to call a product liability lawyer right away if you are diagnosed with a hernia mesh complication.

What are the Mississippi helmet laws? Interestingly, Mississippi has no law requiring cyclists to wear helmets – any person of any age can operate a bicycle without wearing a helmet ( it’s not advisable, though); however, Mississippi does require all motorcyclists and their passengers to wear helmets in keeping with the regulations approved by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

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Who should wear a motorcycle helmet?

A dangerous truck driver is more than just a menace to him or herself. When you have 80,000 lbs (40 tons) of metal hurtling down the road at you, then even moving at 30 mph, the impact can be catastrophic to more than one vehicle at once if not fatal to all – and that’s without a load in the trailer!

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The stopping length for a semi is 40% greater than for cars so truck drivers have to be extra alert and extra careful when driving on highways and roads, especially when bobtailing (driving without a trailer attached) because the truck handles differently, and is more dangerous in wet conditions than a truck with a tractor-trailer attached. Driving a truck with its 12 gears is much more challenging than a normal 6 speed car, and requires a double-floating clutch technique that is difficult to master. That combined with more complicated turns, stops, and driving conditions means that a semi can be a moving death trap in the wrong hands.

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Truck drivers are often put under immense pressure by employers to drive for long hours over great distances to deliver products. Under current regulations, a driver may drive up to 11 consecutive hours after 10 hours off duty. Big rigs weigh upwards of 60,000 to 80,000 pounds, but most cars only weigh 2,000 to 4,000 pounds. The size difference is incredibly dangerous, especially at speeds since it takes the average car going at 65 mph about 160 feet to stop, but a tractor-trailer travelling at the same speed will take 420 feet to stop (over double the distance!).

With long hours, it’s no wonder 13% of all tractor-trailer accidents are caused by driver fatigue – with The National Transportation Safety Board suggesting that the figure may be closer to 30-40%. Causing slower reaction times, the effects of sleep deprivation are likened to the effects of alcohol, so driving when tired is almost like driving under the influence of alcohol. For those who have had the misfortune of being in such an accident, what compensation is available for a fatigued truck driver accident?

The spinal cord a long, thin tubular bundle of nervous tissue with 31 pairs of spinal nerves. Each pair of nerves controls specific functions in your body – from your legs to your bowel to your shoulder and toes (and more). What spinal damage can occur as a result of car accidents? 

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The spinal cord extends from the medulla oblongata (in the brainstem) to the lumbar (lower back region) of the vertebral column. The spinal column varies in length between genders (45 cm in men and 43 cm in women), and width (13 mm in the cervical and lumbar regions and 6.4 mm in the thoracic/back area). It can often be thought of like a spongy bit of string cheese that extends down to your mid back and then the spinal nerve roots take over from the length of the back and neck all the way to your coccyx; everything is protected by bones and discs. It functions to transmit nerve signals throughout the body. If the spinal cord is damaged, it can cause life-changing problems. Spinal damage is often caused in serious car accidents but they can also be caused by other factors too.

We’ll talk about the definition of spinal cord damage, and 2 types of spinal cord injuries from car accidents.

When former national security advisor Michael Flynn asked for immunity in exchange for testimony related to the investigation into President Trump’s possible ties to Russia, the request reverberated across the United States. The question on the minds of many was what information Michael Flynn might have that warranted such a request.

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After all, it was Flynn himself who, months earlier, made the statement that those who ask for immunity almost certainly have something to hide.  While the media’s spin on the immunity request is that Flynn is looking for protection out of a real fear of prosecution, in fact, Flynn’s request could be a smart play. Consider the two types of immunity available to Michael Flynn—or anyone else:

 

Two Types of Immunity

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So far, there have been multiple talcum powder cancer lawsuits that have gone to court and some of these have achieved a successful verdict. While there has been some successful lawsuits, there are ways you can increase the chances of winning against Johnson & Johnson in court.

What is the success rate of talcum powder lawsuits?

There have been some successful talcum powder cancer lawsuits. One jury in St.Louis decided there was enough evidence to suggest talcum powder was responsible for causing ovarian cancer. On the other hand, there have been other juries who have determined there has not been enough evidence to support the claim that talcum powder was the responsible factor.