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Young man's death in Bakken oilfield subject of lawsuit

While the Bakken oil fields may be a boost to Montana’s economy, some of the work there can be dangerous. Injuries are not uncommon. And one young man who lost his life there earlier this year is now the subject of a wrongful death suit filed by his father.  The lawsuit alleges that the equipment he was using was not appropriate and that the companies were negligent in properly setting up the equipment, leading to the fatal accident.

Montana reaches $5.9 million settlement over Risperdal

The state of Montana was one of many that filed suit against Janssen Ortho LLC and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., over the marketing of Risperdal, an atypical antipsychotic medication that is used to treat various psychological disorders. The drug is the source of several product liability  claims that have either been settled or are still pending.

Number of pedestrian car accident deaths drops in 2013

Residents of Bozeman may feel as if they have been hearing more and more about pedestrian accidents in recent years. This is likely because the number of pedestrian deaths has been on the rise across the country until lately. From 2009 to 2012, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased by 15 percent even though the total number of car accident deaths decreased by 3 percent. However, it does appear that the dramatic increase in pedestrian deaths has now reversed.

Lack of OSHA regulations puts oil field workers at risk

One newspaper reportedly has looked at data produced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration concerning oil field accidents that have occurred since 2007. Among concerns of the newspaper was the failure of the federal government to implement safety standards concerning onshore oil and gas drilling for 22 years.

Doctor charged with murder faces medical malpractice claim

When does a death resulting from medical malpractice cross the line to a criminal charge of murder? Montana residents may have heard that an osteopathic surgeon in another state is currently facing multiple murder charges as well as at least one medical malpractice lawsuit for making severe medication errors.

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