July 23, 2015

Semi Truck Crash in Vicksburg

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Earlier this week, there was a semi truck wreck in Vicksburg. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened on Highway 61, near Washington Street. At this time, very few details have been released, but we do know that this was a one-vehicle crash. For currently unknown reasons, the large truck overturned in the roadway. The tractor trailer was apparently hauling grain at the time of the crash, and spilled its load on the highway. Thankfully, no major injuries have been reported with this crash.

2013 Semi Truck Crash Facts

• 4,186 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal wrecks.
• 73,000 large trucks were involved in injury wrecks.
• 265,000 large trucks were involved in property damage only wrecks.

18-Wheeler Accidents in Jackson

Tractor trailer accidents in Jackson and across the nation can leave victims injured, in the hospital, or worse. Since these trucks are so much bigger and heavier than other vehicles on the road, they can do a considerable amount of damage when involved in accidents. Truck drivers and commercial trucking companies are required to follow additional rules and regulations to keep roadways safe. In accident cases involving semi trucks, it often takes additional investigative measures to determine if drivers and companies were in compliance with all federal regulations at the time of the accident.

What to do After a Truck Accident

After any type of car or truck accident due to somebody else's dangerous, negligent or careless behavior, it's absolutely critical to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your options. Insurance companies aren't always easy to get along with, even if the wreck wasn't your fault. Your lawyer can stay on top of multiple investigations, both local and federal, and be your advocate during a difficult time. You should be focusing on your recovery and moving forward. Let your lawyer handle the details and make sure you get the compensation you deserve to pay your medical bills and help make ends meet.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident in the Jackson Metro are or the surrounding communities, contact the experienced legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate free consultation.

July 23, 2015

Car Burglaries in Ridgeland

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On Wednesday morning, several people in the Ridgeland area woke up to find their cars had been burglarized. At this time, at least 10 different complaints have been filed. According to WJTV News Channel 12, one witness report indicates that a suspect may have been armed as well. At this time, no information has been released about the suspects or the investigation.

Burglary Charges in Jackson

Although no arrests have been made in this string of car burglaries, anybody who is facing auto, home or business burglary charges should speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after an arrest.

The team at Coxwel & Associates, PLLC can be reached at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate consultation.

July 22, 2015

Popular Anti-Nausea Drug Zofran May Increase the Risk of Birth Defects

Zofran is a drug which was approved by the FDA for use among patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and other surgical procedures which cause nausea and vomiting. Zofran has also been prescribed fairly frequently off-label, to pregnant women who experience severe morning sickness. Studies on the risk of birth defects among women taking Zofran have shown conflicting results; one study done in 2013, which was based on 900,000 births, found a 30 percent increase in the risk of Zofran birth defects as well as double the risk of heart defects.

Another study done in 2012 by the Center for National Birth Defects Research and Prevention reported cleft palate birth defects in babies born to mothers who took the drug during the first trimester, noting these cleft palate birth defects were 2.4 times more likely to occur. The Toronto Star went through FDA adverse event reports on Zofran, finding two infant deaths and multiple cases of infants born with kidney and heart defects. GSK's own fetal safety data is actually based on fewer than 200 births. Animal studies were done on pregnant rabbits and mice with a gestational period of 33 and 21 days, respectively. In these animal studies Zofran was given after day seven, completely missing the equivalent of a human's first trimester. It was clear from these studies that Zofran does cross the placental barrier.

How Zofran Works
Zofran contains ondansetron hydrochloride dehydrate which is a 5HT3 antagonist. When the brain receives specific nerve messages from the brain, vomiting can result. Radiation and chemotherapy, as well as some other types of surgical procedures, can send serotonin into the stomach and the brain, releasing nausea messages from the brain. Zofran blocks those messages, preventing the patient from suffering nausea and vomiting.

Is Off-Label Usage Allowed?
In the United States, it is considered both legal and ethical for physicians to prescribe drugs for off-label use. Off-label use occurs when any medication is used in a manner not specified under its approval from the FDA. As many as one out of every five outpatient prescriptions written in the U.S. are for off-label use, yet despite this, few patients are aware they may be receiving a drug off-label, as doctors are not legally required to disclose such information.

It is, however, illegal for drug companies to promote off-label use of any drug to physicians, yet Glaxo-Smith-Kline actively promoted Zofran for use among pregnant women, leading doctors to assume it was safe for mother and baby. In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline paid a staggering $3 billion settlement to the U.S. Department of Justice for the off-label promotion of Zofran and other drugs. Despite this, Zofran's drug labeling includes no warnings regarding the risks of Zofran birth defects, therefore GSK could potentially be held liable for negligent manufacturing, selling and marketing Zofran without disclosing potential risks.

Zofran Lawsuits
Recent Zofran lawsuits charge GSK with failure to warn women who took the drug to control morning sickness of the risks associated with Zofran, particularly when taken during the first three months of pregnancy. The manufacturer also neglected to provide the results of the rabbit and mice research done in the 1980's, which plainly showed Zofran could cross the placental barrier. Finally, GlaxoSmithKline hid more than 200 reports regarding Zofran-associated birth defects. One lawsuit alleges GlaxoSmithKline knew--as far back as 1998--that doctors were prescribing Zofran, off-label, for severe cases of morning sickness and that the drug could cause serious, even fatal birth defects. Many more lawsuits are expected to follow those already filed, with the primary cause of action being failure to warn.

Contact Our Experienced Jackson Dangerous Drug Lawyers
If your child was born with a birth defect & you took Zofran during your pregnancy, you need an experienced Jackson Dangerous Drug lawyer on your side. At Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, our law firm has the skills and resources necessary to take on large pharmaceutical companies - and win. We will fight aggressively for you and your family. Contact Coxwell & Associates today at 1-601-948-1600 or 1-877-231-1600.

July 16, 2015

Multiple Crashes on I-55

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On Thursday morning, there were two separate crashes on Interstate 55. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the first wreck happened sometime before 8:00 a.m. Although very few details have been released, we do know that the first crash involved a vehicle overturning. There is no word on whether or not the second crash was a case of distracted driving or if there was some other cause.

First responders and crews were swiftly on the scene, where all southbound lanes of traffic had to be blocked near Elton Road. At this time, we don't know if anybody was injured in either of these crashes or the extent of injuries involved.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in Jackson or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled personal injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free consultation.

July 16, 2015

Felony Shooting Arrest in Vicksburg

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A man has been arrested in connection with a shooting that took place in Vicksburg on July 12, 2015. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 21-year-old Teremiah Cox has been taken into custody for allegedly shooting into an occupied vehicle. The shooting happened in the 100 block of Wabash Street in Vicksburg. Apparently, the victim's car was headed north on Mission 66, when another vehicle pulled up. Occupants from both vehicles exchanged words, and bullets from a large caliber weapon hit one of the cars at least three times.

Shooting Arrest in Mississippi

Although very few details have been released, we do know that as of July 15, 2015, Cox was arrested at his place of residence. He is currently facing a felony charge of shooting into an occupied vehicle. WJTV News Channel 12 also reports that he is being held in the Issaquena County Correctional Facility, and his initial court appearance is on July 17, 2015. There has been no word on why or how he was linked with the shooting, and no information has been released about the circumstances of his arrest.

Felony Arrests in Jackson and Vicksburg

Felony charges mean you could be facing one year of incarceration, at the very bare minimum. This isn't county jail time either. If convicted of a felony charge, you're most likely facing hard time at a federal correctional facility. In some cases, it doesn't even matter if the crime was non-violent or if it was your first offense. Depending upon the severity of your crime, whether or not weapons were involved and whether or not drugs were involved, you could be facing years, decades or longer, if convicted.

What to do After a Felony Shooting Arrest

If you are facing felony shooting charges, whether anybody was hurt or not, you need to speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Don't talk to interrogators until your lawyer is present, and exercise your right against self-incrimination. Ask to call your lawyer or have a family member or friend get in touch with your attorney.

The proven criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is standing by to answer the questions you have about your case at (877) 231-1600.

July 9, 2015

JPD Motorcycle Cop Injured

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Earlier this week, a motorcycle cop with the Jackson Police Department (JPD) was injured in a crash. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened on I-220, near Watkins Drive. This one-vehicle crash in the northbound lanes sent the police officer to the hospital. Although very few details have been released, we do know that portions of I-220 were blocked as crews and first responders worked the scene. Apparently, the motorcycle officer was riding on uneven pavement at the time of the crash. Thankfully, he is expected to recover from his injuries.

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. Even police officers on motorcycles are at risk for injury-causing and fatal crashes. They simply don't have the same protections and safety technology that traditional passenger vehicle occupants do. If a motorcyclist is even in a seemingly minor crash, he or she could suffer form catastrophic injuries, or worse. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) push for increased roadway safety for motorcycles is all about awareness and respect for riders and all roadway users.

Share The Road

With distracted and impaired drivers on the road, motorcycle riders, pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists are being put at risk every day. The NHTSA's "Share The Road" campaign encourages motorists to lookout for motorcycle riders and other roadway users. It's essential to note that safely sharing the road begins with putting down the smart phone. You can't talk, text, or check Facebook and share the road. You're either doing one or the other. Making a commitment to distraction-free driving is the first step in sharing the road with riders, walkers, runners and drivers.

Motorcycle Accidents in Jackson

Even with protective equipment like helmets, gloves and body protectors, motorcycle riders can still get hurt. Motorcycle accidents can leave victims in the hospital. You could go days, weeks or months without a paycheck, all while expensive medical bills are piling up. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

July 9, 2015

Gas Station Burglary in Jackson

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A man has been arrested in connection with a gas station burglary in Jackson this week. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 46-year-old William Hughes has been arrested and accused of breaking in and burglarizing the Shell gas station at 5492 Watkins Drive. Hughes allegedly broke the front glass window with a rock.

At this time, very few details have been released, but we do know that the incident happened at the Shell Gas Station near New Hope Church on Watkins Drive. At least three people were taken in for questioning, but Hughes was the only person who is facing charges.

If you or a loved one is facing burglary charges in Jackson, contact the skilled criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 today.

July 2, 2015

Hinds County Drug Bust

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No less than nine people were arrested in connection with a drug bust in Hinds County this week. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the bust took place on Glenwood Street in Jackson. At this time, very few details of the arrests have been released. Officials with the Hinds County Sheriff's Department reportedly found three pounds of marijuana and some cocaine. Suspects are facing various charges including possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of cocaine.

Drug Possession Charges in Jackson

Whether you're facing misdemeanor or felony drug charges, your top priority after an arrest needs to be speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Thanks to mandatory minimums and other drug laws, even first time offenders can face lengthy prison sentences if convicted. The skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is standing by to answer your questions at (601) 948-1600.

July 2, 2015

Independence Day: Most Dangerous Holiday

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Before you get ready for that big cookout or barbeque, think about how you or your guests are going to get home safely. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is now officially calling the Fourth of July (Independence Day) the most dangerous holiday of the year. The title was originally coined by Forbes magazine in 2013. WJTV News Channel 12 recently reported on the issue.

Independence Day Drunk Driving Facts

• Approximately 750 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers during the Independence Day holiday weekend between the years of 2009 and 2013.
• In 2013, there were 512 traffic crash fatalities over the Independence Day holiday weekend.
• Of those fatalities, 39 percent happened in crashes involving drunk drivers or motorcycle riders.

4th of July Drunk Driving Crashes

The Fourth of July is a big weekend for celebrating outside with friends and family. Whether you're enjoying a night on the town before the fireworks or tossing a few beers back at a backyard barbeque, remember that this is the deadliest holiday of the year. Anybody who is celebrating with alcohol is encouraged to find a safe ride home. Even if you think you're 'okay' to drive, think again. Don't risk a DUI or potentially injuring or killing somebody this holiday weekend.

Staying Safe on The 4th of July

If you plan on celebrating with alcohol this holiday weekend, make a plan to get home safe. It's also good to have a backup plan if your original ride falls through. Your plan can even be as simple as pre-programing a cab company's number into your phone. If you're hosting a part or cookout this weekend, make sure all of your guests have safe rides home. Don't be afraid to take away the keys if you have to. It could save somebody's life.

After an Accident Involving a Drunk Driver

Car accidents involving drunk drivers can leave victims in the hospital or worse. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a drunk driver, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the crash.

The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC wishes everybody a safe and happy Independence Day weekend.

June 25, 2015

Semi Truck Crash in Madison County

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Earlier this week, there was a tractor-trailer crash in Madison County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened on Interstate 55 at about 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Apparently, a car stopped suddenly in front of the big rig. The driver of the commercial truck tried to avoid hitting the car, and the big rig overturned in the roadway. Thankfully, the driver was not injured, but the industrial parts being shipped by the large truck were spilled across the Interstate.

Overturned Big Rig on I-55

The semi truck was reportedly going from Memphis to Jackson at the time of the crash. The wreck had traffic backed up on the interstate near the Gluckstadt Road exit. Portions of I-55 had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene. The truck had to be set up right before it could be towed from the scene. Very little information has been released about this crash, and there's no word on the other driver involved.

Semi Truck Accidents in Jackson

Thankfully, the driver was okay in this crash and no other injuries were reported. Accidents involving commercial trucks can often times be devastating and catastrophic for other drivers on the road. These trucks are much larger and heavier than other cars on the road, and drivers have to comply with a variety or federal regulations for safe operation. Big rig accidents in and around the Jackson, Mississippi area can leave victims in the hospital, out of work or worse. Your first step after any kind of trucking accident should be contacting an experienced personal injury attorney.

What to do After a Truck Accident

Since truck accidents do require additional investigative efforts, it's a good idea to speak with a lawyer after your accident. It can take time to determine liability in a truck accident case. Commercial drivers and trucking company owners do owe other motorists ad duty of safety during roadway operation.

If you have been injured or if somebody you love has been killed in an accident involving a semi truck, contact the skilled and proven legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation.

June 25, 2015

Federal Drug Charges in Jackson

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A woman in Jackson was recently sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for drug charges. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Angelia Fortenberry was sentenced for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. She was also given three years of supervised release following her prison sentence. She was indicted in connection with a California to Mississippi drug network involving over 100 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Meth Charges in Mississippi

Whether you're facing federal drug trafficking charges or state possession charges, if you have been arrested in connection with a meth drug crime in Jackson, you need to speak with an experienced and proven criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after your arrest.

The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is standing by at (601) 948-1600 to answer your questions.

June 19, 2015

Semi Truck Crash on Highway 49

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Earlier this week, there was a crash involving an SUV and a semi truck in Simpson County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the wreck happened on Highway 49 near Westville Road in D'Lo. Traffic in both southbound lanes of the highway was impacted by the crash. Apparently, an SUV struck the 18-wheeler as it was coming out of a truck stop, to head north on the roadway.

Crews Respond to 18-Wheeler Crash

First responders and crews were swiftly on the scene. Although very few details have been released, we do know that the driver of the SUV was trapped in the vehicle. Emergency service personnel had to extricate the trapped occupant with the Jaws of Life. There's no word on what if any injuries that person sustained. There's also no information on whether or not the truck driver was injured in this crash. Officials with the Mississippi Department of Transportation were expected to be on the scene cleaning for hours.

Big Rig Accidents in Jackson

Since commercial trucks are so much larger and heavier than most other vehicles on the road, they have additional safety regulations to follow. These large heavy vehicles can't stop on a dime. Combine their weight and size with added fuel or the transport of hazardous and flammable materials, and you have a vehicle that needs to get where it's going, safely. Commercial truck drivers and owners have to follow federal regulations regarding hours, speeds, hazardous material transportation and a variety of other issues that are absolutely vital to keep these trucks safely on the road. If drivers and commercial truck owners aren't following the laws, they're putting everybody on the road at great risk.

After a Semi Truck Accident

Accidents involving big rigs can leave victims put victims in the hospital, or worse. Since these trucks and drivers operate under additional federal regulations, investigations can be lengthy and in depth.

If you have been injured or if somebody you love has been killed in a commercial truck accident, contact the proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

June 19, 2015

Drug Possession Charges in Jackson

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Earlier this week, 27-year-old Christopher Sheriff was charged with drug possession and intent to distribute in Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, police officers allegedly found an estimated $15,000 worth of marijuana, crack cocaine and powder cocaine in his home.

Although very few details have been released, we do know that Sheriff was reportedly on probation for other crimes at the time. He is currently facing indictments on two counts of aggravated assault on an officer and fleeing from an officer.

If you or somebody you love is facing drug possession charges or intent to distribute charges in or around the Jackson Metro area, contact the experienced criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate consultation.

June 11, 2015

Viral Video "Witness" Arrested for Shoplifting

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The subject of a recent viral video out of Jackson has been arrested in connection with a shoplifting case in Ridgeland. According to WAPT News Channel 16, the green-haired "witness" who allegedly saw a recent car crash that injured a Jackson Police Officer, has been arrested and charged with shoplifting by the Ridgeland Police Department. Although the video of Courtney Barnes wasn't originally aired on local news, for fear of a potentially embellished statement, the video quickly made it online where it went viral.

Shoplifting Arrest in Jackson

Initial reports indicate that Barnes was recognized as resembling the suspect in surveillance photo posted on Instagram by a local small business recently. Apparently, the owner of Swell-O-Phonic in Fondren posted the image, and somebody recognized the suspect in the photo as the viral video star, Courtney Barnes. A warrant was issued, and Barnes was arrested and booked by officers with the Ridgeland Police Department. Law enforcement authorities also reported that Barnes was facing similar charges in Jackson.

Shoplifting Charges in Jackson, Mississippi

Shoplifting charges in and around the Jackson Metro Area are nothing to take lightly. Don't assume that because you're a first time offender or because the crime was non-violent, that you won't do hard time. Shoplifting charges are typically categorized by the value of the allegedly lifted items. The more expensive items in question, the more time you could be facing. The sooner you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney about your case, the better outcome you will have.

When to Call a Criminal Defense Attorney

After any kind of arrest, it's a good idea to speak with a lawyer about your defense. Remember, you do have the right to remain silent, so exercise it. Wait for your lawyer before speaking with detectives or interrogators. You are absolutely entitled to refrain from answering any questions until your lawyer is present.

If you have been arrested for shoplifting or if a loved one has been arrested and charged with shoplifting, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate case consultation.

June 11, 2015

SUV Crashes Into Restaurant

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On Wednesday afternoon, an SUV crashed into a restaurant in Pelahatchie, Mississippi. According to WAPT News Channel 16, the incident happened at Duke's Steakhouse on U.S. 80. Apparently, the driver of the SUV had some kind of medical emergency prior to the wreck. At least three people were injured inside the restaurant. Crews and first responders had to extricate the driver from the vehicle. Very few details about the crash have been released, as it is likely still under investigation with authorities.

After a Car Accident in Jackson

After any kind of car accident in or around the Jackson Metro Area, it's a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your options. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to somebody else's negligent, dangerous or careless driving, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600.