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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?

Few things are as frustrating as a dispute with home contractor. If you're dealing with such a dispute, should you file a lawsuit?

Whether it's shoddy construction work, protracted delays, or a disagreement over money that is causing problems, sometimes a lawsuit may seem like the only way to get what you feel you bargained for when you hired your home contractor.

But if you're considering a lawsuit against a home contractor, here are three things you may want to consider:

A Virginia woman has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the operators of a Maryland amusement park after one of the park's rides allegedly left her son with a serious brain injury.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court last month, Raffinee McNeill asserts her then-2-year-old son suffered a fractured skull in 2012 at Trimper's Rides and Amusements, a historic amusement park in Ocean City, Maryland. McNeill claims her son has lingering health issues as a result of the accident, and has continued to incur significant medical expenses, reports The Baltimore Sun.

What does McNeill claim happened to her son, and what will she need to prove to prevail in court?

A former Nebraska beauty queen is still fighting in court after being thrown into the air by a charging bull at a county fair in 2010.

Jessica Littlejohn claims the Scotts Bluff County Fair was negligent in failing to restrain or secure the bull, which broke loose and charged her. The former pageant queen allegedly suffered a brain and closed head injury as well as "personal, psychological, and emotional injuries," reports the Scottsbluff Star Herald.

Her original suit against the County Fair had some hiccups, but how does Littlejohn's bull case look now?

If you're worried about your dog's potential to bite someone, can hanging a "Beware of Dog" sign on your property offer any sort of legal protection in the event of a dog bite lawsuit?

Although in limited situations a "Beware of Dog" sign may actually help a litigious victim (by allegedly showing you knew of your dog's vicious propensities), in general, warning passersby, guests, and even potential trespassers about the presence of a dog that may attack may actually be of help to you in defending yourself from a dog bite suit.

What are the possible legal ramifications of a "Beware of Dog" sign? Here's a general overview:

The "Ice Bucket Challenge" is the newest viral stunt to hit the Internet, but despite its altruistic goals, it can potentially do more harm than good.

Viral challenges like this one all have a similar formula: Someone challenges you via social media to perform a stunt, you record video of yourself doing the challenge, and then you challenge three more people to follow suit. As Chicago's WBBM-TV reports, the "Ice Bucket Challenge" involves dumping ice water over your head and donating either $10 or $100 to research for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The ALS Association has garnered more than $9 million in "Ice Bucket Challenge" donations so far.

But can an "Ice Bucket Challenge" lead to a real injury?

A Utah woman is fighting for her life after drinking sweet tea contaminated with a toxic cleaning solvent.

The 67-year-old woman was eating lunch at a Dickey's Barbecue restaurant near Salt Lake City, and filled her cup with sweet tea from a self-serve drinking fountain, reports The Associated Press. After taking one sip of the drink, she told her husband, "I think I just drank acid." She was taken to a local hospital where she remained in critical condition for four days after the incident.

What was the toxic substance, and how did it end up in this grandmother's tea?

You've been involved in a hit-and-run accident. So what should you do?

Unfortunately, hit-and-run car accidents are all too common. Last week, a Minneapolis man was left in the middle of a downtown street with serious injuries after witnesses say a car appeared to deliberately hit him then speed away, the Star Tribune reported.

In the confusion following a hit-and-run crash, it's easy to allow anger or confusion cloud your judgment. But having a plan can help. Here are five first steps to consider if you're the victim of a hit-and-run:

It seems like every week opens with a new story about police misconduct and brutality, giving the public more and more reason worry about their civil rights.

Following the continuing violence and police presence in Ferguson, Missouri, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that a federal civil rights investigation is already underway and that law enforcement must act to "reduce tensions, not heighten them."

For civilians who have been injured by the police, here are 10 legal reminders on how to civilly defend your rights:

College parties have certainly been known to occasionally get out of control.

A spring-break party near the University of California, Santa Barbara earlier this year turned ugly when a campus police officer tried to arrest a partygoer...but ended up with 44 injuries and more than 100 arrests, reports The Associated Press.

If you're injured at a college party, can you sue?