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How Does an Arbitration Clause Affect My Case?

After suffering a personal injury, you may be required to participate in mediation or arbitration before you can head to court.

Many contracts routinely include arbitration clauses that require parties to arbitrate a dispute before filing a lawsuit.

What exactly are arbitration clauses and how do they affect personal injury cases?

What Are 'Fighting Words'?

Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church -- the fire-and-brimstone congregation known for picketing military funerals with anti-gay signs -- died late last Wednesday at the age of 84, The Washington Post reports.

His congregation's extreme hate-mongering prompted a U.S. Supreme Court case on the exercise of free speech -- specifically, fighting words. In an 8-1 ruling, the Court ruled that Westboro's anti-gay protest at a soldier's funeral did not rise to the level of fighting words and was therefore protected free speech.

What are fighting words?

Prep School Cooking Class Fire Injures 5

A cooking class fire at a public prep school injured five students, resulting with one in critical condition.

The fire occurred in a science lab at Northside College Prep. Students were reportedly heating hot chocolate during a routine cooking instruction when a single-burner stove ignited with a flame, causing a flash fire, Chicago's WMAQ-TV reports.

Will the school be liable for the students' injuries resulting from a cooking class gone wrong?

How to Sue the CTA

How do you sue the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)? This is likely one of many questions being raised after a mysterious Chicago Metro train crash involving a completely unoccupied train. In this recent crash, an empty "ghost" train ended up colliding with another one, one with passengers on-board, the Associated Press reports.

Passenger Kim Quatch, the first to file a claim stemming from this incident, is seeking at least $50,000 in damages stemming from this crash.

Though the cause is still somewhat unknown, there are likely to be other injured parties who will want to claim damages. If so, how does one go about suing the CTA? Here's a general overview:

3 Questions to Ask When Suing for School Injuries

No parent wants to think about the possibility of their child being injured at school, but, unfortunately, the likelihood of that is often high. With back-to-school season in full effect in Illinois, parents should especially be wary not only of the precautions to take in preventing their child from being injured at school, but questions to ask after an incident occurs.

Here are three big questions to ask when your child is injured at school:

Where Should You File Your Injury Lawsuit?

If you've been injured, you might be thinking about bills -- and lawsuits. First, you should consider whether filing a lawsuit is the right decision in your case.

If you think a lawsuit fits the bill, the next step is to figure out which court is the most appropriate to hear your case. Here are a few factors to keep in mind:

7 Tips to Get a Favorable Settlement

Many individuals associate lawsuits with drama-filled courtroom scenes. However, the reality is that very few lawsuits actually end up in court. Instead, the vast majority are settled long before a trial date is even set.

Knowing that your lawsuit is likely going to be settled, you should know some tips for negotiating a favorable settlement.

As with any negotiation, the better-prepared party typically ends up with the better end of the deal. Here are some suggestions to help you get there:

How to Calculate Damages for Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you have been injured in an accident that was the fault of someone else, you will want to know how to calculate damages in a potential personal injury lawsuit.

There are many different types of damage amounts that you will want to consider. These can include much more than damage caused to any of your personal property or even your medical bills.

By properly calculating your injuries, you will be better prepared as you take steps to file a lawsuit and possibly collect for the harm caused.

2012's Top 10 Errors, Accidents and Lawsuits (Part II of II)

Ready for more of the oddities of personal injury law?

The remainder of our Top 10 most popular stories of 2012 continue with a freak show of litigation, including mice swimming in soda, bad gas, and finally, a celebrity sex tape ... maybe.

2012's Top 10 Errors, Accidents and Lawsuits (Part I of II)

Personal injury lawusits are often contentious and end in out-of-court settlements. But they're also where some of the oddest stories can emerge.

In reviewing the personal injury stories in Chicago that we covered in 2012, our 10 most popular posts included everything from miracle resurrections to gangrenous testicles. Good times.