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Shouldn’t I be covered by worker’s compensation?

Medical bills are expensive and so is missing paychecks for health reasons. Luckily, Ohio requires your employer to pay for your medical care and lost wages while you’re recuperating from a job-related injury or illness. Or does it?

If you’re paying medical bills you think your job should be paying, or you’re working a dangerous job and worried about injuries, or you’d like to be your own boss and start a business, you’ll need to know the basics of insuring buckeyes for workers’ compensation.

Who gets your workers' comp benefits if you don't?

No one wants to look like a wimp, but your workers' compensation benefits exist for a reason. They're supposed to help you recover from work-related injuries and illnesses. And if you decide to tough it out each day, despite the lingering aches and pains your job has caused you, all that money is going somewhere else.

Where is it going? Well, the extra $1.5 billion that the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) made on its investments may be going back to the state's employers. According to The Cleveland American, the BWC may return $114.3 million to local governments, $50 million to public schools and an undisclosed sum to the private businesses it insures.

Eyewitness testimony is not as solid as many believe

Eyewitness identification has long been the gold standard in criminal cases. There was even a time – before DNA and other forensic methods –  in which it was one of the only reliable pieces of evidence in a criminal trial.

But in recent decades, we have come to learn that eyewitness identification isn’t always reliable. In fact, witnesses are often flat-out wrong in the cases where the stakes are highest: sex crimes, assault and murder. In today’s post, we’ll discuss some of the problems with eyewitness testimony and why they occur.

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