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Workers' compensation benefits for oil refinery workers


Although the worldwide drop in oil prices has slowed the Bakken oil boom, the energy industry is still important to the economy in and around Billings. There are three oil refineries in Yellowstone County, two of which are in the Billings area and one in Laurel.

Montana high school football player sues school over brain injury


Over the last decade our society has learned that the risk of brain injury from playing football is much higher than previously thought. The news media has reported on a number of former professional players who have been diagnosed with brain damage, and the National Football League is struggling to cope with the issue. The issue is not limited to the pros, however. High school and college players are also at risk, as a tragic story from Montana illustrates.

Navigating instances of medical malpractice


When something is done in error, we often hear the sentiment, "everyone makes mistakes." While this is in fact a true statement, in some instances it is not the best stance to take in a situation. Committing errors are indeed integral to the learning process, but sometimes it is not so easy to brush off a mistake that someone has made, especially when it directly impacts another individual.

How does petroleum gas inhalation affect an oil field worker?


In recent years, when thinking of crude oil extraction and production, we tend more and more to think of the discovery of the Bakken formation in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. This reserve continues to flourish, and many Montanans make their living as a result of this discovery.

Hydroplaning can lead to an auto accident and serious injury


In Montana, the weather can be a big factor in road safety. Our state is prone to weather conditions that can make driving hazardous, including rain, sleet, icy roads and blowing and drifting snow. Heavy rain, wet roads and standing water in particular can give rise to hydroplaning, one of the most dangerous situations a driver can face. Fortunately, some basic safety habits can significantly reduce the likelihood of hydroplaning.

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