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Injured at Work? 3 Potential Options for Recovery

Getting injured at work is a pretty common occurrence, but what are your legal options if you get hurt?

According to a FindLaw.com survey, more than one in five Americans said they've been injured on the job. Workplace injuries not only impact you physically, but it can affect you financially as well.

Here are three potential legal options to seek out if you're injured at work:

A woman attending this year's Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert has reportedly been killed in a bus accident.

The woman, who has not been identified pending notification of her next of kin, fell under a bus carrying festival attendees, reports the Burning Man Blog.

What are some of the legal options the woman's family may have following this tragic incident?

Lifeguards may seem like towering figures with their tall posts and zinced noses, but they can be liable for swimming injuries and deaths when they make mistakes.

For this reason, lifeguards are required to be certified and trained to deal with common emergencies that occur in and around pools. Different states' safety standards are not always identical, but they form a general patchwork of legal liability for when lifeguards falter in their duties.

For swimmers, here are three things you should know about lifeguard liability:

Law enforcement authorities have stated that no one will be charged criminally in the fatal shooting of an Arizona gun range instructor killed when a nine-year-old girl lost control of the fully automatic Uzi submachine gun she was firing, reports ABC News.

But accidents that cause death, even ones that don't involve criminal conduct, often result in wrongful death lawsuits or other civil litigation.

Who, if anyone, might be liable for this tragic accident?

McDonald's patron Klaus Geier is suing the fast food giant after an incident in which his OJ allegedly came with an unexpected surprise -- a plastic spear which lodged itself in his throat.

According to TMZ, when Geier tried to extract the foreign object from his mouth, a serrated spear deployed and fired itself into his esophagus. This may sound like a bad horror movie, but to Geier the nightmare is real. After finally wrenching the spear and its casing from his throat, Geier asserts he suffered severe throat injury.

Could this OJ suit be the next McDonald's hot coffee case?

A man who was arrested and strip searched after taking photographs of New York City Police Department officers has reached a $125,000 settlement with the city.

Dick George filed a federal lawsuit against the city for police misconduct after being arrested for disorderly conduct in 2012, reports the New York Daily News. According to the lawsuit, George was arrested for documenting the officers' "stop-and-frisk" search of three youths.

Why was George's arrest likely a violation of his civil rights?

In a frat house accident last week, an 18-year-old girl was impaled in the neck by a broken golf club.

Natalie Jo Eaton, a student at Arkansas State University, was hospitalized after "rush" activities at the Kappa Alpha frat house. According to Little Rock's KARK-TV, students were using the golf club as a bat to hit a tossed football when the shaft broke, sending the broken end sailing 30 feet before it lodged itself in Eaton's neck.

How serious were Eaton's injuries, and who might be held legally responsible?

The "Ice Bucket Challenge," ostensibly a way to raise awareness and funds for treatment of the disease ALS, has taken on a life of its own.

The challenge -- which involves having a bucket of ice-cold water poured over your head on video, then challenging others to do the same -- has been performed by celebrities, star athletes, and even former presidents, helping it become a viral sensation online. But as its popularity has increased, so too have the number of less-noble versions of the challenge, in which unsuspecting individuals are "challenged" with little or no notice, such as this video of "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson getting surprised by a bucket of ice after being woken from a nap. While these surprise cold-water dousings may make great fodder for online videos, they may make also make great fodder for lawsuits.

What can go wrong if you drop a surprise ice bucket challenge on someone?

Nanny service company Care.com has been sued by the parents of a 3-month-old child who died under a babysitter's watch.

Nathan and Reggan Koopmeiners of Kenosha, Wisconsin, have filed wrongful death suits against Care.com and Sarah Gumm, 35, who is set to stand trial for their baby Rylan's death, reports the Chicago Tribune. The suit alleges that Gumm had prior criminal run-ins that Care.com failed to disclose to the parents, despite the couple paying an additional fee for a "premier background check" on a potential nanny.

Are Care.com and Gumm really liable for the Rylan Koopmeiner's death?

A woman who was seriously injured and falsely accused of drunken driving after a sheriff's deputy crashed into her car has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the deputy, the sheriff, and three other members of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department.

Tanya Weyker's lawsuit alleges that even after authorities obtained video footage from a nearby surveillance camera that showed the sheriff's deputy was at fault, the department continued to push for criminal charges against Weyker, reports the Journal Sentinel. Weyker, 25, suffered a broken neck in the accident, and was cleared of all charges in late 2013.

What does Weyker allege that the sheriff's department officers did wrong?