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What is required during a wrongful death lawsuit?

In Montana, if your loved one was injured and killed due to the negligence of another person or business entity, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the responsible party for wrongful death. These suits are designed to help surviving family members deal with the financial repercussions of losing a loved one, as well as a deterrent to keep businesses and people from acting so negligently that they cause someone to die.

Victims of defective metal-on-metal hip implants win verdict

Total hip replacements are often performed to help resolve the pain and loss of movement associated with osteoarthritis, or cartilage and bone disease. This involves replacing both the socket of the hip and the head of the femur with implants to create an entirely artificial joint. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these procedures are becoming more common among younger patients, many of which are still in their 40s. Unfortunately, many types of hip implants have been found to be defective.

Is my child’s car seat safe to use after a car crash?

If you have been in a car accident, you may wonder what the laws state about continuing to use a child safety seat that was involved in the crash. In Montana, there are no laws in place that dictate whether or not you must replace a car seat at any given time prior to its expiration date. However, the law does indicate that all children who are six years old or younger and who weigh less than 60 pounds must be in a car seat or booster seat while a vehicle is in motion.

Childbirth injury: Brachial plexus injury

Childbirth is a natural occurrence which, for the majority of women and children, goes smoothly. Sometimes, however, problems arise and babies are injured during the birthing process. One childbirth injury that many children sustain is brachial plexus injury. Unfortunately, our staff at Cok Kinzler PLLP, have seen many babies who were injured in this manner due to the actions or inactions of medical professionals.

Drunk driving technology may lower Montana fatalities

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in 2015 alone 92 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in Montana. This totals 40.2 percent of all traffic deaths in the state that year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in some categories like age and gender, Montana has fatality rates three to four times higher than the national average. Despite these higher than normal numbers, MADD reports that Montana has few laws that are designed to reduce the occurrence of these accidents. Until the state updates its DUI laws, Montana residents may be able to use new technology to stay safer while on the state’s roadways.

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