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County commissioner cited in auto accident

A Flathead County commissioner was cited for a right of way violation after a recent accident on Montana Highway 40. On the morning of April 24, the Commissioner had allegedly started to pull out onto the highway from a side road in his 2006 GMC pickup. He started to reverse back when he saw a late model Ford pickup coming towards him. Unfortunately he didn't get out of the way in time, and the two trucks collided.

Montana contractor may be cited in roofer's death

Construction work can be very hazardous. Statistically, falls are the leading cause of fatal accidents in the construction industry. Roofing workers are among the most at risk. Recently the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it would issue a citation to a Missoula roofing and remodeling contractor for not reporting a fatal fall at a worksite within eight hours, as required by law. The company has been cited in the past for unsafe working conditions.

Parents claim medical malpractice led to cerebral palsy

One of the greatest challenges Montana parents can face is the birth of a child with severe disabilities. When the disabilities are the result of medical malpractice, the parents' emotional suffering is compounded by the knowledge that the birth injuries were preventable. In Oregon recently, three separate families have sued a single hospital, all alleging that negligence in the delivery room led to lifelong disabilities for their children.

Prosecutor weighs criminal charges for unsafe working conditions

Employers have a legal duty to provide a safe workplace. The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration is charged with enforcing workplace safety regulations to minimize worker injuries and deaths. The usual penalty for an OSHA violation is a fine and an order to remedy the unsafe condition. But one Montana woman wants more justice than that after the death of her brother in a workplace fire. She has asked the Missoula County Attorney to consider criminal charges against the employer.

Montana man adjusts to life after serious brain injury

Injuries to the brain and spinal cord are among the most devastating a person can suffer. One 25-year-old Montana man knows this all too well. A construction accident last fall that almost killed him has left the father of two a paraplegic, paralyzed from the chest down. Recently he returned to his home town of Ronan for the first time since the accident.

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