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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.

KALISPELL WOMAN DIES AFTER CAR ACCIDENT

images (2)A Kalispell woman died on Sunday, after hitting a cablebox, barbed wire and several trees in a single vehicle car accident.  After the accident, the woman apparently refused medical care.

News station KAJ 18 reported:

“A 51-year-old Kalispell woman who crashed her car near Bigfork around 1 a.m. Saturday did not seek immediate medical attention died later that afternoon in her sleep.

The Montana Highway Patrol told Montana’s News Station the woman was driving south on Foothill Road at a high rate of speed when she failed to negotiate a curve in the road. Her vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a cable box, a barbed wire fence and several trees.

Trooper Jason Fetterhoff said the woman slept in her vehicle and then left the scene sometime in the morning and began walking. Fetterhoff said the woman was picked up by a passing motorist who took her to a nearby café where she called her mother.

The woman and her mother then went to her mother’s home. Trooper Fetterhoff said the woman told her mother she did not want to go to the hospital and just wanted to sleep.

Fetterhoff said the woman then passed away in her sleep. He added an autopsy will be performed soon to determine the exact cause of death.

The woman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, but it’s unknown if alcohol played a factor.”

Many people do not realize that if they have been in an accident, they should immediately seek medical attention.

If an accident victim experiences nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion after an accident, he or she may have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and should see a physician immediately.

Medical providers can diagnose the injuries, and recommend further treatment if necessary. If you or anyone you know has been in an accident, immediately seek medical treatment to determine if injuries have been sustained and if further evaluation or treatment is necessary.

MORPHINE SULFATE INJECTION RECALLED

Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), announced today it is initiating a voluntary user level recall of one lot of Morphine Sulfate Injection USP, 4 mg/mL (C-II), 1 mL fill in 2.5 mL Carpuject, NDC 0409-1258-30, due to a customer report of two Carpujects syringes containing more than the 1 mL labeled fill volume. Opioid pain medications such as morphine have life-threatening consequences if overdosed.

For more information on the recall, click here

If you or someone you know, suspects they have been injured by an overdose of a morphine injection, contact the Kalispell law firm of Bliven Law Firm, P.C.

Our law firm has three Kalispell lawyers who represent the innocent victims of those who have been harmed by the negligence of others.

In addition to personal injury and product liability, the three Kalispell attorney firm of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. represents injured individuals with Workers Compensation claims.

SUB SANDWICHES RECALLED AFTER THREAT OF CONTAMINANT DISCOVERED

M.E. Thompson, Inc. is expanding the recall of its Anytime Deli Turkey & Ham Footlong, to include Italian Footlong, and Classic Cuban, because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

For more information, click here.

For more than 18 years, the Kalispell law firm of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. has represented the innocent victims of Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Lakeside, Whitefish, Libby, Troy and the Flathead Valley who have been injured by the negligent acts of third parties.

If you suspect you have suffered food poisoning because of food bought or prepared by a third-party contact one of the three Kalispell Lawyers at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to legal compensation for your injuries.

TRUCKER DIES IN SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN WOLF CREEK

A truck-driver delivering a load of bananas, died after losing control of his semi outside of Wolf Creek and falling approximately 150 feet.

The semi-truck driver was traveling on Interstate 15 south of Wolf Creek when the fatal accident occurred.

The truck drove off of a bridge when it failed to negotiate a curve on I-15 and fell approximately 150 feet.  The driver was a resident of British Columbia.

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If you or someone you know has been injured in a semi-truck accident in Kalispell, Lakeside, Whitefish, Columbia Falls or elsewhere in Montana and are in need of a truck-accident attorney, contact the Montana lawyers of Bliven Law Firm, P.C.

Bliven Law Firm, P.C., a Kalispell law firm, has been helping victims of car and truck accidents for over 25 years. Our Kalispell attorneys are dedicated to providing knowledgeable legal advice and compassionate service for our clients.

SNOW CAUSES MULTIPLE CAR ACCIDENTS IN EVARO HILL

downloadSnowy road conditions caused a multiple-car wreck on Highway 93 near Evaro Hill Saturday.

The Montana Highway Patrol said the snow caused a south bound motorcyclist to lose control of his bike. The vehicle traveling behind him, slowed and came to a stop. The third vehicle, however failed to stop and crashed into the the stopped vehicle.

Minutes later, oncoming traffic failed to slow at the scene and several cars were involved in a subsequent car accident.

For more information on the Evaro Hill car accident, click here.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a Montana car accident, contact the Kalispell attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. For over 25 years, these Kalispell lawyers, have represented personal injury victims against insurance companies and negligent individuals.

If you have been personally injured because of the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation to discuss your personal injury case.

WHITEFISH CAR ACCIDENT SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL

Authorities reported two people were sent to the hospital after a two car accident in Whitefish, Monday afternoon.

The Whitefish car accident occurred after one vehicle turned onto Highway 93 after exiting the Midway Mini-Mart in Whitefish.  At least two people were taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center for injuries sustained in the Whitefish Car Accident.

In Montana, drivers have a duty to yield to oncoming traffic and to drive reasonably safe and prudent.

For over 25 years, the Kalispell attorneys from Bliven Law Firm, P.C. have assisted Montana car accident victims injured by negligent drivers. If you have been injured in Kalispell car accident, contact Bliven Law Firm, P.C., with two Kalispell lawyers, for a free consultation.

POLICE NEED HELP IN GREAT FALLS PEDESTRIAN HIT AND RUN

Great Falls Police are asking for help in locating the driver who struck a pedestrian in Great Falls in December.

Bliven Law Firm, P.C. blogged on the story in December.

Police have not released the identity of the Great Falls woman who was struck crossing the street in front of a Burger King. Authorities reported the woman suffered severe head injuries and is just now leaving the hospital.

The driver of the Great Falls hit and run was driving a silver or white Pontiac Grand Am or Grand Prix.

For over 25 years, the attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. have assisted pedestrians  in places like Kalispell, Great Falls, Helena, Sidney and others in recovering funds they are legally entitled to because of the negligence of a Montana hit-and-run driver.

Most injured Montana pedestrians are surprised that they may be able to use their own uninsured insurance policy, if they have been hit by a Montana hit-and-run driver.

If you or someone you know has been injured in Montana by a hit-and-run driver, contact Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation.

ONE DEAD TWO INJURED IN FATAL CAR ACCIDENT IN TROY

A fatal car accident in Troy on Friday afternoon left one dead and two injured, the Montana Highway Patrol reported.

The fatal car wreck occurred on Highway 2 near Troy, MT early Friday afternoon.

According to authorities, the 72-year-old woman, was a passenger in a vehicle that turned left into oncoming traffic. She died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The two drivers were taken to St. John’s Lutheran Hospital in Libby.

Authorities reported that it did not appear that the Troy car accident was a drunk driving accident.

For over 25 years, the attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. have helped the family members of wrongful death car accident cases. Montana law provides family members and the estate of the deceased wrongful death and survivor claims in fatal personal injury cases.

At Bliven Law Firm, P.C., we are attorneys who have experience in wrongful death cases and survivor cases in places like Troy, Kalispell, Libby and other places throughout Montana. We aggressively represent the deceased’s family, and are sensitive to the family’s needs while they mourn the loss of a loved one.  We can also recommend professional counselors to help cope with an unexpected loss during the grieving process.

GREAT FALLS SEXUAL ABUSE SCANDAL VICTIMS FAMILY DEFENDS THEMSELVES FROM MISLEADING STATEMENTS BY SCHOOL OFFICIALS

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Bliven Law Firm, P.C. Montana School Law Lawyers and Montana Personal Injury Attorneys represent the child victim and the family regarding a violent sexual assault, also commonly referred as rape, which occurred at the Great Falls High School.  At the time of the incident in September of 2011 the victim was 15 years old child.  The felony sexual assault was committed by an upperclassman Alex Mauricio Botina-Roehm an 18 year old senior.  The incident has been referred to as the Great Falls High School Sexual Abuse Scandal.

Great Falls High School sexual assault was a result of a hostile environment, involving assaults upon the sophomore football practice squad members perpetrated by older varsity Great Falls High School Football team, in particular Roehm who was a very popular player.  The practice, which was allowed as reported by the victim, occurred for over a 1 year period where the older upper classmen would assault to younger players in the shower by grabbing the younger children by the genitals and throwing them down onto the ground. This environment escalated into a felony sexual assault along with two other counts of assault brought by the Cascade County Attorney’s office. Great Falls High School personnel permitted such assaults which included grabbing the genitals of the underclassmen on the football team by the upperclassmen.  School Officials have called it “horseplay”.

The victims’ mother reported the sexual assault abuse on or about September 15, 2011 in written email to a Great Falls High School Official. Like many victims, the minor child victim in this case was concerned about his safety, along with the fear of further assaults. In fact the victim asserts that he was threatened with assaults by Roehm and others, after the written report of the sexual assault to Great Falls High School officials.

Both the victim and others, had been physically and verbally abused. He was fearful of retaliation, and again suffering severe injury through another attack.  Two of the victims’ friends were actually attacked after the report was made to school officials. As a result the family made a written report and provided explicit details of the sexual assaults occurring in the great falls high school locker room.

Due to this fear of retaliation and trauma to the 15 year old victim, his mother when reporting in great detail the vicious assault, had simply requested anonymity, but firmly requested that the matter be handled immediately as her son was fearful of returning to school. Roehm has been charged with felony sexual assault.

Great Falls Superintendent Crawley has made many inconsistent statements, mostly providing excuses for the failure to report.  According to the Great Falls Tribune, Crawley now claims confusion on the reporting law claiming it was the staff’s understanding that it only involved abuse in the home not at the school.  In fact, Montana Law requires school officials to report abuse whenever suspected, whenever reported, whether anonymously or otherwise.

Sec. 41-3-201 MCA, provides “school teachers, other school officials and employees who work regular school hours” must report any “reasonable cause to suspect, as a result of the information they receive in their professional or official capacity, that a child is abused or neglected by anyone.“(emphasis, added)

In a prior tribune article, Crawley dispassionately complained about having to deal with possible lawsuits if discipline was imposed.  However, as to reporting requirements Superintendent Crawley herself has defined the circumstances in the school district reporting policy as follows:

MANDATORY REPORTING

ANY DISTRICT EMPLOYEE WHO HAS REASON TO SUSPECT THAT A STUDENT MAY BE AN ABUSED OR NEGLECED CHILD SHALL REPORT . . . .

Moreover, The Great Falls School District training materials provide an even clearer explanation of the Great Falls High School reporting requirements. As part of its PowerPoint presentation on Mandatory Reporting, the School District stated, “Any district employee who has a reason to suspect that a student may be an abused child shall report such a case to the Montana Department of Family Services (DPHHS). The Employee should notify the principal that a report has been made.”

In the same training presentation, the Great Falls High School District defined “Child abuse or neglect” as “Actual physical or psychological harm to a child; substantial risk of physical or psychological harm to a child; or

Abandonment.”  As examples of child abuse, the School District included, “physical injury,” “sexual abuse”, “bullying” and” harassment.”

The presentation also stated that school employees “must report promptly upon employee becoming aware of alleged misconduct (within 24 hours).”

The situation in this case involved a complete breakdown of trust and disregard of duty on the part of certain school officials.  When the victim’s mother reported the abuse that occurred in the locker room she did so hoping that the school would protect the victim’s anonymity and that the school would report the abuse to the proper officials. After reporting the incident a school counselor, the counselor sent an email to the victim’s mother stating “Just to let you know this will be addressed today.   If you are comfortable, please tell [the victim] thank you for having courage to tell you.”

In a subsequent email to the school official, the victim’s mother stated,” The kids need to understand that their perceived innocent fun and games is exactly the same behavior that get[s] people expelled from school, fired from jobs, or land[s] them in jail, [or] registering as a sex offender for the rest of their lives.”

When the victim’s mother wrote  “I’ve assured him the situation is being handled in such a manner that no one will know from whom or when the complaint was made…” her intent was to clarify with the school that the victim’s identity would be protected while she was reassured that prompt immediate action was taken.  Over 6 weeks past while the harassment, bullying and attacks continued without any school action, until the family notified the school police officer directly.

The family relied upon the school officials promises that the reported abuse would be addressed. She assumed that the proper legal actions would be taken. She assumed that the school would alert the authorities about the assaults taking place inside the shower at the Great Falls High School Locker Room.

This resulted in a complete breakdown of trust between my child and family that the Great Falls School District cared about the permanent damage done to my child.”  Stated the grandmother.

While there certainly are many underpaid and hardworking teachers at the Great Falls High School, the problem based upon Superintendent Crawley’s seeming indifference and inconsistent excuses lies squarely upon her feet.

While there are billboards around the Great Falls, Montana area which indicate a “ZERO TOLLERANCE” against any bullying, Crawley now makes excuses.  Crawley promised a prompt independent investigation and report to be completed by neutral third party investigator. Instead, school defense attorney, Meagan Morris was hired for the task.  The School District announced it completed its investigation and the report would be made public over one month ago.  It has not been released to date.  Maybe the reason the investigative report has not been released is because the original draft, did not result in favorable conclusions and revisions continue in progress, with excuses floated in the press like trial balloons.

Instead of admitting mistakes were made, acknowledging that a horrific traumatic assault occurred and subsequent abuse violations occurred after reporting to Great Falls High School Officials, Crawley seemed more concerned with public image and protecting the Great Falls School Districts upper level bureaucracy from the Great Falls High School sexual assault scandal.

All Montanans with children in school, expect school official to protect our children.  We entrust them to their care during school hours.  The breach of trust and confidence in this case should raise great concern about how the high level bureaucrats who receive the largest salaries, perceive their responsibilities of trust and protection towards Montana’s children and their conflict to protect their own bureaucracy though denial of responsibility.

I do not believe any parent can feel secure about the safety of their children in the Great Falls School District considering, the attitude of the upper echelon of the Great Falls, Montana, School District.

In this situation, and similar situations of abuse on Great Falls School District Campuses as reported previously by the Great Falls Tribune the Superintendent Crawley puts a nail in the coffin of what trust and credibility the upper level bureaucrats have with the students and the parents of the Great Falls Community.

ICY ROADS CAUSE MULTIPLE CAR ACCIDENTS IN KALISPELL, WHITEIFISH, COLUMBIA FALLS AND THE FLATHEAD VALLEY

download (1)The Montana Highway Patrol responded to 27 car accidents in the Flathead Valley yesterday.  Wet surfaces, freezing temperatures and a slick layer of snow combined to form icy roads in Whitefish, Kalispell, Libby, Lakeside and others areas in the Flathead Valley.

Mike, an attorney for Bliven Law Firm, P.C. a Kalispell law firm stated, “the slick roads took a lot of people by surprise.”

Late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, sanding trucks were seen in Kalispell, Whitefish, Lakeside and Columbia Falls.

Of the 27 car accidents in Kalispell and the Flathead Valley on Tuesday, several were reported on Highway 93 and Highway 2.

Bliven said he helps people who have been injured from car accidents in Kalispell, Whitefish, Missoula, and throughout Montana. “We see a lot of people who get hit by another driver, who was taking an icy corner too fast, or couldn’t stop in time. People get hurt, need medical treatment and can’t go back to work. We help them receive medical treatment and receive compensation for their missed work and injuries.”

Bliven Law Firm, P.C. has been practicing personal injury law in the Flathead Valley for over 25 years. They offer FREE CONSULTATIONS to car accident victims to discuss their  case.