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Evaluating the costs of traumatic brain injuries

Brain injuries can have lasting consequences and can be costly to treat. Brain injuries include blows and jolts to the head, as well as a penetration of the head, that damages the brain. The severity of a traumatic brain injury and symptoms can vary. Traumatic brain injuries can result in physical, financial and emotional losses for victims and their families. The cost of treating traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be high and can depend on the nature of the medical treatment needed and any rehabilitative care that is necessary.

Permanent disability benefits for injured Montana workers

When a Montana employee is injured on the job, he or she is entitled to collect workers' compensation benefits. The benefits include lost wages and medical expenses with the ultimate goal being to help the worker recover and get back to work.

Billings teens learn about dangers of texting and driving

Texting and driving can be deadly, and the toll is rising: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatal accidents nationwide in which the driver was distracted by a cell phone increased from 406 to 476 annually between 2014 and 2015. Many experts believe accidents caused by cell phone use are underreported, because drivers don't always admit to police that they were on the phone when the crash occurred.

Protecting your rights in Montana's workers' compensation system

An on-the-job injury can leave you feeling stunned and disoriented. As the reality of the injury sinks in, you may start to get worried and ask questions. Will this be covered by workers' comp? What doctor can I see? Who will pay the medical bills? And finally, how am I going to pay my bills and support my family while I'm out of work?

What is the Montana Medical Legal Panel?

When a patient is injured or suffers a worsened medical condition due to doctor error in Montana, they may decide to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit and seek monetary compensation. But before they can file a lawsuit with the court, the patient must present his or her case to the Montana Medical Legal Panel.

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