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Head-on collision in Western Montana kills 1, injures 3

A lonely stretch of road in Western Montana's Mission Valley was the scene of an early-morning auto accident that killed one man and sent three people to the hospital recently. Several of the victims, including the man who was killed, were not wearing seat belts. One can only wonder if the outcome of this crash would have been less tragic if they had taken the time to buckle up.

Health insurers often don't pay for brain injury rehab

Brain injuries are an all-too common result of automobile accidents in Montana. And they are common throughout the country: one estimate says 1.7 million people annually suffer a traumatic brain injury in the United States. Of these, about 90,000 result in a long-term or permanent disability.

OSHA investigation results in citations for Montana refinery

The oil industry provides a lot of jobs in Montana. The industry is booming, which means steady paychecks for a lot of Montana workers, and steady profits for employers. Unfortunately, some employers attach more importance to profits than to the safety of their workers. Recently, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a Montana refinery for 3 violations: one willful, one serious and one not serious.

Head-on collision in northwest Montana injures 2

A head-on crash at high speed is one of the most dangerous kinds of auto accidents. Two people involved in one such crash in Flathead County recently were fortunate to escape with their lives. The two victims were injured but they were listed in stable condition.

Death of Billings man leads to medical malpractice claim

Errors by physicians can have tragic consequences. The relatives of a Billings man who died the day after he was discharged from the hospital know this all too well. The man died of a drug overdose allegedly caused by an opiate patch and other medications prescribed for him following surgery. The relatives estimate their damages total more than $14 million.

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