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Bliven Law Firm, P.C. is a Montana personal injury law firm located in Northwest Montana serving all of Montana. A group of experienced, dedicated professionals who care about their clients’ needs. Our Montana personal injury attorneys have over 25 years of experience in aggressively pursuing the goals of our clients.

MISSOULA THREE-CAR CRASH LEAVES ONE DEAD, OTHERS INJURED

The driver of a vehicle traveling north on Reserve in Missoula lost control of his vehicle and entered into oncoming traffic, Sunday, causing a three-car accident in Missoula.

Sergeant Scott Pastian with the Missoula Police Department says the accident occurred just south of the Reserve and Mullan Road intersection. He says two vehicles were southbound and one was northbound when it entered the southbound lane and was struck by the other two vehicles.

Pastian says the 35 year-old male victim was pronounced dead after being taken to a Missoula Hospital. He said two of the injured parties were transported to St. Patrick Hospital, while the third was taken to Community Medical Center.The other two individuals were treated and released.

The crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Reserve and Mullan Road, according to a Missoula Police Department press release.

All three drivers involved in the Missoula crash were injured.

More information is available on Montana news sites

If you or someone you know has suffered a wrongful death or serious injuries from a Missoula car accident, the attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. can help you receive compensation you may be entitled to receive.

Contact the Montana attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. who represent the families of innocent victims of Missoula car accidents. Victims of Missoula car accidents may be legally entitled to advance payment of lost wages, medical expenses and home assistance.

Contact the law offices of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation. Our Montana lawyers aggressively represent the families of injured victims of Missoula car accidents.

ICY CONDITIONS CAUSE 25 CAR ACCIDENTS IN FLATHEAD VALLEY OVER THE WEEKEND

The Montana Highway Patrol reported it responded to more than 25 car accidents over the weekend.

Car accidents in Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Lakeside and other areas of the Valley are common this type of year.

Ice and snow create slippery conditions which can lead to car accidents in the Flathead Valley.

“If you can obviously afford studded snow tires, that’s the way to go, but if nothing else, have good safe all-season tires and know that your tires are in good shape,” said Tow Operator Dirk Meyer. “That’s 90 percent of safe winter driving…just have good tires and give yourself a little extra time.”

Some other common sense  tips to avoid Kalispell car accidents include:

  • Drive slower on snow and ice;
  • Give adequate room for the car in front of you to slow or stop;
  • Use 4 Wheel Drive if available on your vehicle;
  • Shift into a lower gear to prevent higher speeds and to use more torque;
  • Use a de-icer windshield wiper fluid; and
  • Change windshield blades every winter.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a Flathead Valley car accident, contact Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free car accident case evaluation.

Injured parties of a Kalispell car accident may be legally entitled to advance payment of lost wages, medical expenses and other damages. Insurance companies spend millions every year training their adjusters to pay as little as possible. The Kalispell lawyers of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. have combined over 30 years of experience aggressively representing innocent car accident victims.

Call (406) 755-6828 for a free case evaluation.

EVARO HILL CRASH KILLS PLAINS WOMAN AND INJURES OTHERS.

The Montana Highway Patrol reported that aggressive driving was to blame for a fatal Montana car accident on Evaro Hill Sunday.

Montana Highway Patrol investigators say a witness reported seeing the 21-year-old Arlee man driving aggressively before the fatal crash on Evaro Hill on Sunday.

“(The person) witnessed the vehicle being driven aggressively by a driver matching the description of the driver at the time of the crash, who was texting,” said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Phil Smart.

MHP investigators say the Tundra driver crossed the center line, sideswiped a second truck, continued going the wrong way, hit a guard rail, and then struck a smaller Ford Ranger pickup truck head-on, killing Joscelyn Lea Cook, who was a passenger in the vehicle.

The accident happened just before 4 p.m. on the four lane stretch of U.S. Highway 93 North,a few miles north of the Wye.

A total of three trucks were involved, with the third truck rolling and landing in a nearby ravine. Two people were thrown from that truck.

Emergency crews had to use the Jaws of Life to cut a third victim from one of the wrecked trucks.

There was no immediate word on the condition of the victims, although it’s believed one had life-threatening injuries.

The wreck closed the highway for over an hour, with backups of several miles on either side of the accident scene.

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If you or someone you know, has been injured in the Evaro Hill crash, contact the experienced Kalispell attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.

Bliven Law Firm, P.C. has three Montana lawyers with combined decades of experience handling wrongful death, personal injury and fatal car accident cases. The Kalispell law offices of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. is conveniently located off of Highway 2 in Kalispell. If you’ve been seriously injured in a Montana car accident, an attorney may visit you if more convenient. Call (406) 755-6828 for a free consultation.

NEW SYSTEM TO DISCOURAGE UNINSURED MONTANA DRIVERS

About 15 percent of Montana drivers are uninsured, or slightly higher than the national average of 13.8 percent, a state insurance official told a legislative committee in 2012.

A new computer verification system intended to make sure vehicles have liability insurance in place at the time they’re registered or renewed went into effect Jan. 2.

Flathead County Treasurer Adele Krantz said clerks in her department will ask a person for a proof of insurance card if the computer system doesn’t show their vehicle is insured. If the person doesn’t have a card, clerks will go ahead and complete the transaction but advise the person they may not be successful next time.

In May 2012, the Montana Highway Patrol began using the MTIVS web service to electronically verify proof of vehicle liability insurance during traffic stops. Use of the web service assists troopers and motorists in situations where drivers either can’t find their proof of insurance card or have an expired card. The web service also gives troopers the ability to confirm the validity of a proof of insurance card based on the response received from the issuing insurance company. Troopers may also use MTIVS to electronically verify that liability insurance was in effect at the time of an accident.

Highway Patrol troopers, like officers from other law enforcement agencies, have the discretion to make enforcement decisions, such as whether to issue a citation or warning, or neither, based on information gathered during a traffic stop or accident investigation. The new MTIVS service does not alter that use of officer discretion – it simply allows troopers to base their decisions on reliable, real-time insurance information.

Insurance verification capabilities were extended to local courts in August 2012, and MTIVS access was expanded to other Montana law enforcement agencies later that summer. In 2013, insurance verification will be used by the Motor Vehicle Division and County Treasurers for motor vehicle titling and registration transactions.

The ultimate goal of this system is to reduce the number of drivers in Montana who do not carry liability insurance as required by Montana law. Uninsured drivers are a serious problem, undermining traffic safety and driving up the costs for insured, law-abiding motorists. Real-time insurance verification will make the roads safer for everyone.

If you or someone you know has been injured by an uninsured driver, contact the Kalispell attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation. Uninsured car accidents in Kalispell occur frequently. Our Kalispell lawyers, represent injured victims in uninsured car accidents.

Even if you are injured by an uninsured driver in a car accident, a Kalispell lawyer at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. may help you receive funds for lost wages, medical expenses and loss of use that you may be legally entitled to.

For a free consultation, contact Bliven Law Firm, P.C. at (406) 755-6828.

TOFT DAIRY ISSUES IMMEDIATE VOLUNTARY RECALL OF BUCKEYE BITES ICE CREAM 48 OZ CARTONS AND 3 GALLON TUBS

ucm323320After receiving a recall notice from a former supplier of peanut butter base, Toft’s has issued a voluntary recall on 48 oz cartons and 3 gallon tubs of Buckeye Bites Ice Cream with expiration dates of March 14,2013 or before.

Any 48 oz or 3 gallon tub of Toft’s Buckeye Bites with an expiration date after March 14, 2013 is NOT involved in this recall due to us switching peanut butter suppliers on March 15, 2012. Toft’s Prime Time Buckeye Bites Ice Cream has been distributed throughout the state of Ohio and Southern Michigan.

The recalled product contains a peanut butter base that contains peanut butter manufactured by Sunland, Inc, which has just announced an expansion of a voluntary recall covering peanut products made in their Portales, New Mexico plant. Sunland’s peanut butter products have been linked to Salmonella outbreaks across the United States dating back to March 1, 2010. However, Ohio has yet to report any illnesses from Sunland’s recall. (Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov ).

If you or someone you know has suffered illness or permanent injuries from eating contaminated food including Salmonella poisoning contact the Kalispell lawyers of ABliven Law Firm, P.C.

The Kalispell attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. handle food-borne illness cases. If you have suffered serious injuries, from food poisoning in Montana, contact our office for a free case evaluation. Our Montana lawyers are dedicated to helping injured food-poisoning victims.

CLEMMYS IS VOLUNTARILY RECALLING PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM DUE TO POSSIBLE HEALTH RISKS

ucm323148Clemmy’s Ice Cream of Rancho Mirage, CA is initiating a voluntary recall of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip 16 ounce containers of ice cream that contains peanut butter associated with the Sunland, Inc., recall. The peanut butter used in this product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Clemmy’s Ice Cream recalling this product which began with distribution in March 2011 nationwide and is available thru grocery stores.

A list of the recalled production lots is identified in the table below. The Clemmy’s brand product is packaged in a standard pint container with prominent label identification. The five-digit production code date is printed onto the bottom of the container. No other Clemmy’s flavors are affected by this recall.

Recalled Products and Production Code Dates
Brand Description Pack Size UPC Code Date Range
Clemmy’s
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Pint
8 94509 00231 9
11038 – 12215
The first production date of 11038 corresponds to 02/07/2011 and the most recent production date of 12215 corresponds to 08/02/2012.

The product carries a 2-year best by print requirement, in the MM/YY format, so expiration date range to list would be:

BB 02/13 through BB 08/14. For more information, the FDA has issued a press release.

If you or someone you know has been injured because of salmonella related food poisoning, contact the Montana attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C.

Our Kalispell lawyers represent innocent victims of salmonella poisoning in Montana product liability cases.  If you or a loved one has suffered food poisoning from Salmonella in ice cream or cookie dough, contact the Kalispell attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation. Food-borne illness in Montana can cause severe and permanent damages. Contact one of the Montana attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. to assist you with your Salmonella or other Food-borne illness case.

BLISS UNLIMITED, LLC, VOLUNTARILY RECALLS LUNA & LARRY’S COCONUT BLISS CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER NON-DAIRY FROZEN DESSERT, DUE TO POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

ucm323160Bliss Unlimited, LLC, Eugene, Oregon is recalling Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert with codes dates Nov 11 2012 through Oct 24 2013 only. This recall is being initiated because the peanut butter used in the product for these specific code dates is supplied by Sunland, Inc., which has issued a national recall of some of its products due to possible contamination with Salmonella.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The product was distributed to retail stores throughout the United States between November 2010 and December 2011.  It is packaged in One Pint (473ml) paperboard containers with UPC code 8 96767 00121 9 printed on the back of the container, and the stamp with 41-61 and a date range of Nov 11 2012 through Oct 24 2012 printed on the bottom of the container.

To date, there have been no reported illnesses attributed to Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert and the recall does not include any other flavors or date codes.For more information on the recall, please visit the FDA press release.

If you have suffered serious or life-threatening illness from consuming Salmonella contaminated food products in Montana, contact the Montana trial lawyers at Bliven Law Firm, P.C.

Our Kalispell attorneys have experience representing Montana food-poisoning-victims in food poisoning lawsuits. In Montana, there are many different types of food product liability cases including Salmonella and E Coli.  If you have suffered serious illness from food poisoning in Montana, call one of our Kalispell lawyers to discuss your Salmonella or other food poisoning case.

 

SMITH DAIRY ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY RECALL ON SMITH’S AND RUGGLES BRAND PEANUT BUTTER CRUNCH ICE CREAM AND ACME BRAND PEANUT BUTTER TWIST ICE CREAM

ucm323137Smith Dairy Products Company announced a voluntary recall on SMITH’S Peanut Butter Crunch ice cream, Acme Peanut Butter Twist ice cream, and Ruggles Peanut Butter Crunch and Peanut Butter Crunch Brownie ice cream. The recall notification was initiated by Pecan Deluxe, the company that manufactures the peanut butter candy pieces in the products.

*Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The products in question are:

DESCRIPTION
UPC
LOTS
SMITH’S Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream (1.75 Qt) 70424 08139 060-10 through 155-12
SMITH’S Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream (Half Gal) 70424 08139 060-10 through 155-12
Acme Peanut Butter Twist Ice Cream (Half Gal) 29313 46110 03/01/10 through 06/03/12
Ruggles Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream (3 Gal) 70424 08607 060-10 through 155-12
Ruggles Peanut Butter Brownie Crunch (3 Gal) 70424 08639 060-10 through 155-12

For more information, please visit the FDA’s press release.

If you have suffered serious or permanent injuries from consuming products sold with Salmonella, contact the Montana lawyers at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation. The Kalispell law office of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. aggressively represents innocent victims who have been personally injured from the negligence of others, including Montana food product liability cases from Salmonella contamination. Our Kalispell lawyers will aggressively fight for your legal rights to compensation while taking the time to personally care for your needs. If you have consumed contaminated food products in Montana, contact the Montana attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation.

SANDERS COUNTY CAR ACCIDENT LEAVES ONE DEAD

imagesA violent car accident Sunday Morning in Sanders County killed one and left two others with life-threatening conditions.

Montana Highway Patrol reported the fatal car accident in Sanders County occurred on Sunday morning. The possible wrongful-death accident happened onHighway 28 just south of the Hot Springs turnoff.

The Montana Highway Patrol reported a Washington car drifted off the side of the road, over-corrected and drove into the oncoming lane, hitting a Montana pick-up truck.

Troopers say there were three adults in each vehicle. All six of the injured parties involved were transported for medical treatment from the Sanders County car accident.  The Montana Highway Patrol reported, two occupants from the Washington vehicle are facing life threatening injuries at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

For more information on the Sanders County Car Accident, click here

Nothing is more difficult than coping with the unexpected loss of a loved one. For more than 18 years, the caring and compassionate attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. have helped family members cope and deal with wrongful death cases.

Wrongful death cases can be complicated as there may be expensive medical bills, unpaid debts and outstanding obligations. The Montana lawyers of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. are experienced Montana attorneys who handle wrongful death and survivor lawsuits. They are members of the Montana Trial Lawyers association and will fight for you and your family to receive the maximum recovery possible.

KALISPELL MOTORCYCLIST FLOWN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CRASH

Authorities reported that a motorcyclist crashed in Kalispell near U.S. Highway 2 outside of Kalispell on Thursday.

The Kalispell motorcycle accident apparently occurred after the rider tried to brake on her motorcycle but locked the bike and it crashed into the rear of a vehicle.

Paramedics reported to the scene of the Kalispell Motorcycle Accident and called for the Alert Helicopter. The rider was then flown from the Kalispell Motorcycle Accident scene to Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

For more information on the story, click here 

If you have been injured in a Kalispell Motorcycle Accident, you may be entitled to legal compensation. For more than 18 years, the Kalispell attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C., a Kalispell law firm, have helped the innocent victims of Montana Motorcycle Accidents receive compensation from negligent parties.

If you or someone you know has been injured in Montana Motorcycle Accident because of  another driver’s fault, call the Kalispell Lawyers of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.