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New technology addresses texting and driving

Many people in Billings engage in multi-tasking every day to the point where some will brag about how many activities they can do at once. The advent of smart phones has made multi-tasking even more prevalent. However, there is one instance in which multi-tasking can be dangerous -- while driving. Driving while trying to send or reply to a text message or other cell phone notification can cause a person to take his or her attention off the road, leading to a car accident.

One killed and one injured in a head-on crash in Montana

Automobiles hold an important role in America, but they are also the culprit for many risks, dangers and catastrophes across the nation. Although many efforts are made to prevent and reduce negligent, reckless and intoxicated driving, these are the common causes of car accidents.

What is a cause of medical mistakes harming U.S. patients?

When residents in Montana and elsewhere fall ill or become injured, it is likely he or she will rely on a medical professional to diagnose and treat them. While a multitude of patients are properly and safely treated every year, some patients unfortunately suffer harms due to medical errors. While negligence is the underlying culprit for many of these incidents, many still question what is a likely cause of the preventable errors harming patients across the nation each and every year.

Montana workers' compensation rates may be reduced by 5 percent

Just about anyone in Billings can be injured due to their line of work. Of course, it may seem obvious that people with physical jobs, such as factory workers, construction workers or oil field workers may be exposed to many workplace dangers. However, even those in office jobs can suffer workplace injuries, for example, repetitive stress disorder due to having to spend much of their time typing at a computer.

Legal options protect victims of medical malpractice

Expecting to receive a high standard of care when visiting a doctor or other medical care professional is an understandable expectation. Medical malpractice circumstances can violate the sense of trust patients place in their medical care professionals and the treatment they receive. In addition, medical malpractice can result in physical, financial and emotional damages and other types of harm to victims of medical malpractice and their families.

Family-reported medical errors not always put in medical records

No one likes being ill or seeing a loved one in the hospital. Nonetheless, many residents in Montana and elsewhere require the expertise of medical professionals to recover from an ailment. While these medical professionals have completed the training and education necessary to diagnose and treat patients, some doctors and nurses make mistakes and errors while treating a patient. This unfortunately could cause much harm to a patient, causing his or her health to be put at risk.

Truck drivers with multiple health concerns may be more risky

Truck accidents can be costly for victims. A recent study conducted by a state medical school revealed that it is possible that health issues, even minor health issues, can increase a truck driver's chances of a truck accident when they have 3 or more health-related issues. While the skill and experience of the driver can be factors that contribute to the frequency and occurrence of truck accidents, health concerns can also play a role. Medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and back pain have previously been connected to poor driving performance.

Protecting workers' compensation rights of oil field workers

The oil industry holds an important place in our economy and way of life. It is also an industry where many Montana residents rely on for employment. While working in an oil field can provide a great source of income, it is also a job that entails many risks and dangers. In addition, because the oil industry is dangerous, many steps are taken on the state and federal level to ensure the safety of workers. Unfortunately, minor safety issues could occur, generating serious health and safety problems.

OSHA protects workers from workplace injuries

In the United States of America, including Montana, employees have the right to work in an environment where all necessary precautions are taken to ensure a worker's safety. This holds true for any line of work, whether you are in a warehouse, out in the field on a construction site or working at an oil field.

Pedestrian killed by drunk driver who fled the scene

It is unfortunate that some drivers in Montana choose to get behind the wheel after drinking. Not only does this violate the law, but it places other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians in jeopardy. Any car accident carries with it the danger of people being severely injured and dying, but when it involves a drunk driver, it is particularly egregious due to the irresponsibility and lack of concern for others. Making matters worse is when there is an auto accident because of a driver under the influence and the driver compounds the situation by fleeing the scene, turning it into a hit and run. Those who are injured or families who lose a loved one in this type of crash need to know their rights to seek compensation.

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