The days are long and the nights are warm again. It's summertime in Montana and everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy our beautiful, massive landscape. Accidents happen, though. Keep that in mind in the coming months when you're out at the grill, going off-road on the ATV or heading out for a weekend.
The scenery is pristine as you and your outfit rumble up the mountains. The engine of your ATVs is the only sound that interrupts the peace of the moment. Led by your guide, your group embarks up a steep path knowing that the trail will be rough, but the view on the other side will be magnificent. As you make your way up the face of the mountain, you come across a particularly rough patch. You're not sure if you should keep going with your ATVs or hike the rest of the way. Suddenly, your partner gives their ATV a little too much gas and they roll.
Under Montana law, there are specific limits on legal actions regarding medical malpractice cases. These limits are intended to clarify the definition of medical malpractice. They also establish time limits during which legal actions are permitted to take place.
Montana residents might take an interest in an article that describes the 12 most commonly misdiagnosed conditions. An MD, who is also the American College of Physicians' Board of Governors internist and chair, insisted that good doctors do not feel threatened when patients seek a second opinion.
Montana readers may be interested to learn that new research has revealed a connection between undiagnosed diabetes and heart attacks. The research was presented at the Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Session 2014 conducted by the American Heart Association.
In car accidents, it should be clear that distracted driving is a form of negligence; drunk diving is a form of negligence; speeding or otherwise driving erratically is a form of recklessness; and failure to yield or stop is negligent. But is falling asleep behind the wheel and crashing into someone else considered negligence? If you can prove that the driver could have prevented the accident, then the answer is yes.
The mother of a brain injury victim recently appealed to federal lawmakers to make it easier for brain injury patients to get rehabilitation and treatment. The woman's son suffered a traumatic brain injury in an auto accident, and she says that his insurance, like the insurance of many other brain injury victims, was insufficient to cover the care he continues to need.
In today's uncertain economic climate, many high school graduates throughout Montana are choosing not to go to college and instead take to the oil fields for a sure paycheck. While these young people could begin a job with a starting salary of $50,000, the risk of serious oil field injuries is still a reality.
They're called "never events": surgical errors that are completely preventable and should never happen. But these surgical errors do happen, and they happen at an alarming rate, according to a recent study.
Missoula is set to join other Montana cities in banning cell-phone use while driving. Texting while driving was already banned in the city in 2009, but starting on Dec. 5, the restriction will extend to any hand-held use of a cell phone while driving. The ordinance goes into effect for bicycles and motorcycles as well.