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July 2016 Archives

Linking patient care errors to extended shift times

In general, most of those who seek medical treatment in Bozeman hold their caregivers in high regard and thus place a great deal of confidence in them. However, the number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed each year in the U.S. may suggest that errors committed by clinical workers are not all that uncommon. In identifying the causes of medical mistakes, people will often search for problems that have already been linked to an increased risk of errors. One such factor is the amount of hours worked by the nursing and support staff entrusted with the care of patients.

Reviewing the Rancho Los Amigos Levels of Cognitive Functioning

Most of the Bozeman clients that come to see us here at Cok Kinzler PLLP after having had a loved one experience a traumatic brain injury share the same question: to what extent will he or she recover? If you are in this same situation, it may pain you to hear that there may be no definitive answer. However, there are medical designations that assign a level of severity to a TBI and indicate one’s level of impairment.

How can you extend the wrongful death statute of limitations?

You may or may not be aware that Montana state law lists the time that you are allowed to commence a claim of wrongful death at three years. However, if, for some reason, you or the personal representative of your deceased loved one’s estate are not able to file a lawsuit within that time, does that mean all of your chances at legal recourse are gone? Not necessarily. The law does allow you to extend that time period in certain situations.

Determining if tire blowouts were due to defects

Nothing may be more frightening to experience than having a tire blowout while driving on Bozeman’s roads and highways. Many of those that we at Cok Kinzler PLLP work with following car accidents may often attribute the cause of their accidents to blowouts. Their beliefs may be warranted, given that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration listed tire failure as the cause of more than 78,000 accidents studied in a 2012 report. If you too were involved in an accident due to tire failure, your immediate question may be is can the tire manufacturer be held liable. The simple answer is yes. Unfortunately, such simplicity may not be present in your accident.

Actor Anton Yelchin killed in freak driveway accident

When most people in Bozeman hear about a fatal car accident, they may likely envision high-speed collisions on a road or freeway. However, given the size that most vehicles possess compared to their drivers, it may come as little surprise to learn that many fatal accidents happen while in the perceived safety and security of a driveway. Most would likely attribute such accidents to human error, such as forgetting to ensure that a vehicle’s engine was off or that it was securely elevated before getting underneath it to make repairs. However, recent news shows that to not always be the case.

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