August 27, 2015

Injury Crash in Vicksburg

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Earlier this week, at least one person was injured in a crash in Vicksburg. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the two-car crash happened at the intersection of Highway 80 and Mt. Alban Road. Although very few details about the collision have been released, we do know that a small SUV and a pickup truck were involved. At least one person was transported to a local hospital from the scene, and there has been no word on whether or not anybody else was injured.

One Person Injured in Vicksburg Crash

First responders with the Vicksburg Fire Department were swiftly on the scene. At this time, we don't know who caused the accident or what happened. At least one of the vehicles appeared to have extensive front-end damage. The cause of this crash is likely still under investigation with local authorities. There has also been no word on the injured victim's current condition or the extent of injuries involved.

Car Accident Injury Statistics

• In 2013, there were an estimated 5,687,000 police-reported traffic crashes across the nation.
• An estimated 2,313,000 people were injured in those crashes.
• 32,719 people were killed in car crashes in 2013.
• The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 12,584 lives were saved by the use of seat belts in 2013.
• Speeding was a contributing factor in 29 percent of all fatal crashes in 2013.
• There were 10,076 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2013.

Car Accidents in Jackson

Car accidents in Jackson can leave victims out of work, in the hospital and feeling like they're out of options. Whether you were rear-ended by a distracted driver or hit head-on by a drunk driver, a skilled personal injury lawyer can be your advocate as you put your life back together after a car accident. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in the Jackson Metro Area or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled personal injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free consultation. We can deal with pushy insurance companies too, so you can focus on getting back to your real life.

August 27, 2015

Narcotics Investigation on I-220 in Jackson

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This week, a major traffic jam was blamed on a narcotics investigation that took place on I-220 in Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, there were up to six unmarked police cars on the scene, in the northbound lanes of I-220, near the Highway 80 exit. At least three people were reportedly detained, and one misdemeanor arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

We also know that an SUV was involved, and there was a considerable delay to traffic as law enforcement officers conducted their investigation. At this time, very few details of the investigation or the arrest have been released.

If somebody you love has been arrested for narcotics or is under the investigation for narcotics possession or distribution, contact the experienced and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for an immediate consultation.

August 20, 2015

Concerns About Reckless Driving

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Residents in one Brandon neighborhood are concerned about the prevalence of reckless driving in their community. According to WJTV News Channel 12, they're calling on additional law enforcement presence and patrols in efforts to curb the dangerous driving behaviors. Park Ridge Drive, one of the problem areas, is a well-known area for speeders and drivers who blow through stop signs. Most residents' top concerns are associated with the children in the neighborhood.

Cracking Down on Reckless Driving

Community members are hoping to get more patrols in this area to cut down on the speeding and other dangerous driving practices. Although, stop signs were recently installed, residents report that they're hardly noticed at all. In some cases, drivers notice them too late, and they're already going to fast to stop. WJTV News Channel 12 also reported that the Brandon Police Department has six officers on each shift to patrol over 800 streets.

Injuries Involving Reckless Drivers

Whether you were a pedestrian who was hit or a passenger in another car, reckless drivers can cause injuries ranging from fairly mild abrasions and bruises to traumatic and catastrophic spinal cord and head injuries. No matter where your injuries fall on the spectrum, your top priority needs to be your health. If you weren't transported to the hospital from the scene, you need to see your doctor as soon as possible to get your immediate medical needs addressed.

Dangerous Driving Practices

• Speeding
• Running red lights and stop signs
• Failure to yield
• Texting behind the wheel
• Cutting off other drivers
• Impaired driving
• Following too closely
• Weaving in and out of traffic
• Road rage
• Distracted driving

Reckless and Aggressive Driving in Jackson

Reckless and aggressive drivers put everybody on the roadways at great risk. Drivers in neighborhoods especially need to remain vigilant for children who could dart out at any moment. Following the posted speed limits and observing all traffic signs and signals is absolutely critical to keeping roadways in Jackson and across Mississippi safe for drivers, passengers, riders, cyclists, pedestrians and children.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a reckless, negligent or aggressive driver in Jackson or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 today for a free consultation.

August 20, 2015

Armed Robbery in Jackson

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Officers with the Jackson Police Department are investigating an armed robber that occurred at a local convenience store. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened at the TK Food Mart on Raymond Road on Wednesday. Very few details have been released but we do know that cash was taken from the scene. There is no word on the developments of the investigation or if there are any suspects at this time.

Armed Robbery Charges in Jackson

If you or a loved one is facing armed robbery charges in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate case consultation. Our lawyers have the experience and skills to aggressively defend your rights and your freedom.

August 13, 2015

Armed Robbery Arrest in Ridgeland

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Earlier this week, a 23-year-old man was arrested for armed robbery and car burglary in Ridgeland. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Simeon Maurice Herrod was denied bond after his arrest and subsequent charges. He has been charged in connection with two car burglaries that too place in the Canterbury subdivision, off of Richardson Road on August, 8, 2015. He's also been charged in connection with an armed robbery at the Menchie's Frozen Yogurt on Lake Harbor Drive.

Armed Robbery and Auto Burglaries

Although very few details have been released, we do know he was taken into custody and charged with multiple crimes ranging from traffic offenses to a robbery that took place in December of 2014. We haven't heard the specifics on how the arrest went down, but we do know that he was reportedly arrested after license plate information was given to law enforcement officials.

Robbery Versus Burglary

While some people might be confused when thinking about robbery versus burglary, they are two separate crimes. First of all, robbery usually involves the taking of another person's property, while that person is present. Burglary typically involves theft of items when nobody is present. In many cases, robbery also involves threats or the use of force. Cases of robbery don't always involve weapons, but when they do, they're considered 'armed robbery.'

Armed Robbery Elements

• Theft of another person's property in the presence of that person.
• Actually or threatened force against that person for their property.
• Attempting to incite fear in that person.

Elements of a Burglary

• Unlawfully breaking into another person's property.
• Actual theft or intent to commit theft or another type of crime.

After an Armed Robbery or Burglary Arrest in Jackson

After any type of arrest, it's a good idea to call a lawyer. If you're facing charges involving a firearm, you could be facing an extensive prison sentence, if convicted. The sooner you talk to a lawyer, the better.

If you or somebody you love has been arrested and charged with armed robbery or burglary in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate case consultation today.

August 13, 2015

SUV Hits House in Ridgeland

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On Thursday morning, an SUV slammed into a home in the Ridgeland area. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened in the 300 block of Brame Road, at about 9:00 a.m. Although very few details have been released, we do know that the Toyota 4Runner left the roadway of the I-220 ramp at I-55 South. The SUV crashed through a fence and slammed into a home. The impact was so powerful, the home was pushed off of its foundation.

Thankfully, nobody was home at the time of the crash and the driver was able to walk away from the scene. There is still no word on how this crash could have happened, and the cause is likely still under investigation with local authorities.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Jackson or the surrounding communities, contact Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 today.

August 6, 2015

Truck Crashes Into Storefront

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Earlier this week, a truck crashed into a storefront in Hazlehurst. According to WJTV News Channel 12, a medical emergency caused the driver of a truck to plow through the front of Hibbett Sports. Apparently, the driver of the truck had a seizure, and at least five people were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. At this time, very few details have been released, but we do know that none of the injuries were initially considered life threatening.

Car Accidents in Jackson

Car accidents in Jackson Metro Area can leave victims in the hospital, out of work or worse. Even seemingly minor injuries can have lasting impacts on victims. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Jackson or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled car accident lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation.

August 6, 2015

DUI Charge in Vicksburg

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A man has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) for a crash that killed two people earlier this summer. According to WAPT News Channel 16, 31-year-old Joseph White was indicted in July on two counts of aggravated DUI causing injury or death. The May 8, 2015 crash took the lives of 56-year-old William Raney and 52-year-old John Raney. At this time, very few details have been released, but we do know that White surrendered at the Warren County Sheriff's office on Monday. Also, there was no word on what his blood alcohol content (BAC) level was at the time of the crash. If convicted, he could be facing between five and 25 years in a federal prison facility for each count of DUI causing injury or death.

Driving Under the Influence in Jackson

In the State of Mississippi, it is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If your BAC is .08 percent or higher, you can be charged with DUI. For drivers under the age of 21, a BAC of .02 percent or higher is illegal. Commercial truck drivers can't have higher than .04 percent BAC. In addition to having your driver's license seized, you could also be facing hefty fines and jail time.

Jackson DUI Defense

Depending upon the unique circumstances of your individual case and whether or not you refused the breath test, you could have a couple of different legal options. First and foremost, you need to speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney who has DUI case experience. Whether you're facing criminal charges or an administrative hearing, a lawyer can help you get the best possible outcome for your particular case.

When to Contact an Attorney

If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence or if a loved one has been arrested, you need to contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your defense. The longer you wait to speak with an attorney, the more complicated and difficult your case could be come. Contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC today at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate case consultation.

July 30, 2015

Shooting in Kosciusko

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Law enforcement officers with the Kosciusko Police Department are trying to locate a suspect associated with a shooting that happened on Sunday at Adam's Grocery. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident also may have involved a subsequent car crash at the Spot Cash and Tire Appliance on Highway 12. At least one person was injured and rushed to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. He was also injured in the subsequent car crash. At this time, very few details about the shooting have been released, but authorities are looking for a suspect. Police are looking for Jordan Jermaine Ickom in connection with this crime.

Aggravated Assault Arrest in Jackson

In Mississippi, aggravated assault charges can land you in prison for an extended period of time, if convicted. Typically, if guns are involved or if anybody is shot, stabbed or beaten severely, an assault charge is going to be upgraded to aggravated. Depending upon the circumstances of your particular case, you could be facing as little as one year or decades behind bars in a federal prison facility. Even first-time offenders can do hard time, so it's critical to speak with a proven criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after your arrest.

Different Types of Aggravated Assault

• Shooting another person
• Stabbing another person
• Beating somebody up very badly, whether a weapon is used or not
• Using any kind of ordinary item as a weapon
• Using a car as a weapon
• Attempting to choke somebody with a rope or similar item
• Striking somebody with a bat or stick

When to Call a Criminal Defense Attorney

After any type of arrest, it's a good idea to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Aggravated assault charges are typically felonies, and if a gun is present, you could be facing a lengthy prison sentence, if convicted.

If you or somebody you love has been charged with aggravated assault in the Jackson Metro Area or any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate case consultation.

July 30, 2015

SUV Rollover in Jackson

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Earlier this week, an SUV flipped over in a residential Jackson street. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened at the corner of Lawrence Road and Durfey Street. At this time, very few details have been released about the wreck, but we do know that the car was parked in a driveway prior to incident. For currently unknown reasons, the SUV somehow went from park to neutral, rolled down the hill, and flipped over.

There was nobody in the vehicle at the time of the crash, and thankfully, no injuries were immediately reported. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an SUV rollover accident in Jackson or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

July 28, 2015

Potential Dangers of SGLT-2, Diabetic Drugs

A class of drugs known as SGLT-2 Inhibitors, used in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, have come under fire for the serious risks associated with the drugs. The drugs involved are: Janssen's (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) Invokana and Invokamet, AstraZeneca's Farxiga and Xigduo XR and Boehringer Ingelheim's Glyxambia and Jardiance. Rather than metabolizing blood sugars in the body in the way older diabetic drugs do, SGLT-2 inhibitors block reabsorption of the glucose after it passes through the kidneys. Many consider the way in which SGLT-2 drugs use the kidneys to be unnatural, and the process may be a significant factor in the development of diabetic ketoacidosis.

Invokana was the first SGLT-2 inhibitor drug approved by the FDA and is still, far and away, the top seller. Janssen's Invokamet is the same drug as Invokana, combined with an older diabetes drug, Metformin. These two drugs brought in $278 million for Janssen during the first quarter of 2015; Invokana is expected to reach "blockbuster" status in 2015 when it crosses into the billion-dollar annual revenue realm. Farxiga, the second SGLT-2 inhibitor drug to hit the market has the next-highest revenues, bringing in $33 million in 2013, with significant increases since that time.

Have SGLT-2 Inhibitor Drugs Been Marketed for Off-Label Use?
A consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, wrote a letter to the FDA, urging the agency to fine Janssen, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim and other SGLT-2 drug manufacturers for off-label marketing of the drugs. None of the drugs have been approved by the FDA for weight loss, yet advertisements by the manufacturers imply to consumers and to physicians that the drugs have been found to be safe and effective for weight loss.

Because the SGLT-2 inhibitor drugs have been associated with serious side effects, Public Citizen believes the advertisements which promote weight loss may well skewer the risk-benefit calculations made by patients and physicians alike. Because the drugs sport FDA-approved labels in which weight loss is listed as a benefit in the fine print, Janssen has stated their weight loss claims have the blessing of the FDA. There has been no confirmation or denial of that statement from the FDA.

Diabetic Ketoacidosis Associated with SGLT-2 Inhibitor Drugs
Diabetic ketoacidosis most often occurs in those with Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes. When the body becomes unable to use glucose as a fuel source due to the lack of insulin in the body, it begins breaking down fat in the body instead. During this process, a waste product known as ketones build up in the blood and in the urine. Ketoacidosis can be extremely serious, even fatal, and is much less common among patients with Type 2 diabetes--except for those taking SGLT-2 inhibitor drugs.

Because these drugs prevent the kidneys from reabsorbing glucose back into the bloodstream, lower blood glucose levels can occur, with the potential of ketoacidosis developing. The FAERS databases showed twenty cases of diabetic ketoacidosis through June 2014. Since it is generally believed that only 5-10 percent of those who suffer ill effects from a drug or medical device actually file an adverse event report, there could potentially be 500+ cases of ketoacidosis over the past couple of years. SGLT-2 inhibitor drugs are also being prescribed for Type 1 diabetes--even though they are not approved for this use--which can increase the potential for those patients and patients with Type 2 diabetes to develop diabetic ketoacidosis.

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.