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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”

Workplace Injury in Montana: Important Statistics

By Anders Blewett
Earlier this month a man from Spokane, WA died from a workplace injury in a forklift accident in Polson, Montana. The worker was operating a Gradall material handler when it rolled over on a steep hill after using it to replace a generator on a mountaintop. This unfortunate accident is an example of a worst-case scenario of a workplace injury.
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Montana Personal Injury Lawyers – FAQ

By Anders Blewett
“Why do I need a personal injury lawyer?” This is a common question we get, so common; in fact that we decided to dedicate an entire post to answer this and some other frequently asked questions.

What is a personal injury lawyer?
Montana personal injury lawyers are lawyers that specialize in representing individuals who have been injured, physically or psychologically, as a result of the negligence or wrongdoing of another individual, company or entity. Continue reading “Montana Personal Injury Lawyers – FAQ”