Most residents of Montana work hard and take pride in the work they do. When they are injured at work their goal is generally to recover and get back to work as soon as possible. Unfortunately many workers' compensation insurance providers deny injured workers the benefits they need to recover medically and financially.
Over the past decade, many states, including Montana, have enacted so-called workers' compensation "reforms" that are causing catastrophic hardships to the workers who need the benefits most. The alleged reforms include a law enacted in 2011 in Montana that allows insurance companies, once they accept a claim, to choose the doctors who will treat an injured worker. The Montana law also allows insurance companies to change a worker's doctor any time they want.
A number of previous posts in this blog have discussed the risk of serious on-the-job injuries to Montana workers in the Bakken oil fields. Among the most painful and disabling injuries that occur in the oil fields are severe burns.
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.
Montana law requires that drivers move over a lane when emergency vehicles are at the side of the road. The law protects not only police officers and rescue personnel, but tow truck drivers who arrive at an accident scene to remove disabled vehicles and get traffic flowing again.
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.
Mining has long been one of the most hazardous occupations in America. Coal mining in Montana is unfortunately no exception. One of the hazards is the heavy equipment used in open-pit mines, including the giant trucks used to haul the coal. One of those trucks, weighing 230 tons, was involved in an accident at a coal mine in southeastern Montana recently. Tragically, the driver was killed.
Working in a grain elevator is a hazardous occupation. In fact OSHA has made the industry an area of emphasis on a national basis, according to the agency's director for the Billings area. The director says it is not unusual for grain elevators to be found in noncompliance with OSHA safety regulations.