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The Keystone Pipeline and Bakken Oil Field accidents

By Anders Blewett

Bakken oil field accidents, despite claims to the contrary, are old news for Montanans. However, with the possibility of the Keystone pipeline being used to transport a large portion of Bakken field oil to coastal refineries, the range of workplace accidents that can impact workers of the Bakken oil field is changing rapidly as we move away from rail transport of crude oil and towards a cross-country pipeline. Continue reading “The Keystone Pipeline and Bakken Oil Field accidents”

Understanding How Different Types of Car Wrecks are Handled in the Courts

By Anders Blewett

Not all car wrecks in Montana are the same and each case presents a unique set of issues, challenges and circumstances which must be carefully considered to maximize the recovery of injured parties. To help you better understand your car wreck claim, we’ve put together some examples from recent car wrecks in Montana which demonstrate some of the factors that can affect your rights and the determination of who is at fault. Continue reading “Understanding How Different Types of Car Wrecks are Handled in the Courts”

Bakken Oil Field Accident Attorney – The Hazards of Oil Field Work

By Anders Blewett

Economic booms from oil and gas extraction can be a mixed blessing to many residents of the Bakken Oil Field. With all the new money flowing in from the Bakken oil fields, many can forget how dangerous working on oil and gas extraction sites can be, and Bakken oil field accidents are no different from previous census data. From 2003 to 2010, 823 oil and gas extraction workers (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages) were killed on the job. This is seven times greater than the rate for all U.S. industries. The hazards of oil field  work are well documented and workers at the Bakken oil field should be aware of common hazards and dangers of working with oil rigs, and what they can do for prevention.

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Hoyt & Blewett Obtains $2.1 Million Settlement For Mental Health Employees In Retirement Benefits Dispute

By Anders Blewett

The State of Montana and the Center for Mental Health have agreed to pay $2,100,000 to settle claims brought by 16 former members of the Montana Public Employee Retirement System (MPERS). In the settlement, the State of Montana paid $700,000 and the Center’s insurers paid $1,400,000. The lawsuit Baker et. al vs. State of Montana, CDV-11-0801 filed in Great Falls, Montana, in Cascade County State District Court involved 16 former members of the MPERS who claimed that both the State and the Center misrepresented to them their eligibility for membership in the MPERS when each applied for employment at the Center.
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Ask a Montana Personal Injury Attorney: Medical Malpractice

By Anders Blewett

Medical malpractice cases can be an uphill battle in Montana. The Montana legislature has imposed a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages resulting from injuries caused by acts of medical negligence. Additionally, it can be very expensive to bring medical malpractice cases in Montana because out-of-state medical experts are typically required to establish the standard of medical care and determine whether the patient’s injuries were caused by a violation of this medical standard. Given this, a skilled Montana personal injury attorney is essential to pursuing a medical malpractice suit. In order to overcome the potential pitfalls along the way, it’s important to know as much as you can about medical malpractice: what is medical malpractice, what is the statute of limitations, what limits are imposed on malpractice damages, and how a malpractice lawyer can benefit you.

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Advice from a Montana Accident Attorney : What to do in the event of a car accident

By Anders Blewett

Even the most cautious Montana drivers may someday be involved in an accident. Accidents happen and we all face the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. But what can you do if it happens to you? You should know your legal rights and duties in the event of an accident, and consult the services of a trusted Montana personal injury attorney. Continue reading “Advice from a Montana Accident Attorney : What to do in the event of a car accident”

Car Accidents in Montana and the Impact of Super Bowl Sunday

By Anders Blewett
The majority of Montana residents use their car on a daily basis. Most do not give much thought to the actual causes behind car accidents and what times of the year to be particularly wary on the road.

Car accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 10 million Americans are affected by car accidents each year. It is the leading cause of death for American teenagers according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For your safety, it is worth knowing the common causes of car accidents so that you can spot potentially dangerous situations.
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Oil Field and Oil Rig Accidents in Montana

By Anders Blewett

If you live in Montana, it is difficult to ignore the massive role the oil industry has on its economy.  There are 45 oil fields in Montana and according to Montana’s Petroleum Association it employs 7,499 people directly and 20,920 people indirectly. This region, known as The Bakken, is an oil rich formation that spans 200,000 square miles across Montana, North Dakota, and parts of Canada. The Bakken Fields in Montana and neighboring states have become infamous for their dangerous work places and the tragic oil field accidents that have occurred. While the Bakken oil boom has been an undisputed boon to Montana’s economy which has produced thousands of well-paying jobs, progress must still be made with regards to safety and reducing the number of injuries caused by oil field and oil rig accidents.
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Montana Workplace Injuries Abound

By Anders Blewett
Historically, Montana has been known as a state with a very high rate of injuries in the workplace.   In 2010, Montana had the most expensive workers compensation premium rates in the country. These expensive rates were the result of high rates of claims resulting from workplace injuries.  At the behest of employers and their lobbyists, the legislature has implemented numerous reforms to the workers compensation system which have repeatedly reduced benefits to workers.  Continue reading “Montana Workplace Injuries Abound”