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Workers' compensation is the name given to state and federal programs under which workers who are injured on the job can recover for the costs associated with their injuries, including medical bills and lost wages.

To qualify for coverage under workers' compensation insurance, an injury must be work-related. These injuries can include both physical injuries, such as broken bones or carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as mental or emotional injuries such as depression.

But how serious does an injury have to be in order to qualify for workers' compensation benefits?

Thanks to human anatomy, your knees tend to be an easy place to bruise when you fall. Also called a patellar contusion by medical professionals, a bruised knee may initially seem like nothing.

But sometimes a bruised knee is the first sign of more serious medical problems following an accident. And regardless of the extent of your knee injury, you may be entitled to compensation.

So when is a bruised knee worth suing over?

With the holiday travel season at hand, millions of Americans will be hitting highways. Unfortunately, some of them may be involved in an accident.

Not every car accident will result in a lawsuit. In many cases, vehicle damage and injuries may be covered by insurance claims. In some instances, however, a car accident lawsuit may be required to recover the full amount of your damages.

When should you sue following a highway accident?

Shopping at a big box store can be exciting and cheap, but it's all fun and games until a box falls on you.

Anyone who's visited a warehouse store like Costco or Sam's Club can attest that merchandise is packed almost from floor to ceiling, with incredibly heavy items like patio furniture and crates of bulk-rate oatmeal perched high above consumers. It doesn't take much imagination to sketch a scenario in which a box falls and injures a hapless shopper.

So when that shopper happens to be you, can you sue?

Coming down with a case of food poisoning is certainly an unpleasant experience. But is an unpleasant experience enough for a lawsuit?

In some cases, food poisoning can not only lead to a lawsuit, but may lead to a significant recovery. For example, the family of an Australian girl who suffered food poisoning at a KFC restaurant was awarded $8.3 million in a lawsuit against the chain.

So when can you sue a restaurant for food poisoning? Here's what you need to know:

A Texas man who lost both of his legs after a botched weight-loss surgery is now seeking millions of dollars in damages.

Carlos Saucedo, who weighed 275 pounds in 2013, went under the knife for a gastric sleeve procedure hoping to lose weight. But according to Dallas-Fort Worth's WFAA-TV, when Saucedo woke up some two weeks later, he lost more than just a few pounds -- his two legs had to be amputated at the knee.

What happened to Saucedo, and how might his doctors be held liable?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects many working Americans, and in many cases, workers' comp can potentially cover their symptoms.

According to the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD in their lifetimes, which can stand in direct opposition to earning a living wage. The workers' compensation system is designed to accommodate persons with PTSD, which can affect individuals in various ways.

So how can you get workers' comp for your PTSD? Here's a general overview:

With fall's wet weather turning to winter snow and ice in many parts of the country, drivers are (hopefully) driving a bit more cautiously.

After all, failing to match your driving habits to inclement weather conditions may place you at fault for an accident, potentially leading to liability for damages or injuries. Unsafe driving in wintry weather can also impact your ability to recover for your own damages.

What are some of the worst winter driving habits that can come back to haunt you in the event of a car accident or injury lawsuit? Here are five:

General Motors has extended the deadline to file claims for injuries or deaths caused by faulty ignition switches in the carmaker's vehicles.

The deadline was extended from December 31, 2014 to January 31, 2015 by Kenneth Feinberg, the compensation program's administrator, reports Reuters. Notice of the extension was mailed to 4.5 million current and former owners of vehicles eligible for the program.

What led to the extension and what should owners of GM vehicles known about the compensation claim program?

You may be outside your home state for a number of reasons: vacation, seeing family over the holidays, work trips, etc. But you probably won't know what your legal options are if you're injured while visiting another state.

Odds are that you'll be able to sue for your injuries, but there may be some twists as to how and where you'll be able to file suit.

So what can happen if you get injured in another state?