The development of technology to extract oil from the Bakken Shale fields of Montana and North Dakota has brought an unprecedented economic boom to the region. Well-paying jobs have attracted a lot of Montana workers to the oil industry. The work is tough and it can be dangerous. When a Montana oil field worker suffers a workplace injury accident or an occupational disease, they may be left wondering how to provide for their family.
When an employee is unable to work due to a workplace injury accident, lost wages are a major concern. Fortunately, Montana's workers' compensation system provides for various forms of wage loss benefits.
When a Montana oil field worker is injured on the job, workers' compensation is usually the primary source of compensation. Workers' compensation benefits can compensate an injured worker for lost wages, permanent disability and medical benefits. This post will provide an overview of the medical benefits that are available under Montana's workers' compensation system.
Montana law requires that most employers carry workers' compensation insurance. When an employee is injured on the job, they are generally entitled to collect workers' compensation benefits. Readers who are dealing with a work-related injury or illness may be interested in this overview of the claim process and the available benefits.
The oil fields of Montana and North Dakota rely on the process of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, to extract oil and gas from deep underground. The process has revolutionized the oil and gas extraction industry and has pushed production levels to all-time highs. But the process has also raised concerns about worker health and environmental risks. Now the federal government is investigating the health risks of worker exposure to volatile hydrocarbons that are released in the fracking process.