How does Ohio Workers’ Compensation work if I live in a Different State?

by Casaundra Johnson | Jan 03, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Many injured workers have questions about how their Ohio workers’ compensation claim will be impacted if they live and work in a different state. Under Ohio workers’ compensation law, injured workers will remain eligible for benefits...read more >>

Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Information for 2021

by Casaundra Johnson | Nov 06, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

On October 13, 2020, Social Security announced that there will be a 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2021. According to the Social Security Administration, approximately 70 million Americans receiving Social Security and Supplemental Security Income...read more >>

Understanding how your workers’ compensation benefits may affect your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

by Casaundra Johnson | Oct 09, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Many injured workers have questions about how their workers’ compensation claim will affect their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. While workers’ compensation benefits will usually reduce Social Security benefits to some degree, the actual impact...read more >>

The Bainbridge Firm’s local Springfield office in Clark County

by Casaundra Johnson | Jul 26, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

  Since opening an office in Springfield, Ohio in the fall of 2018, The Bainbridge Firm has had the pleasure of actively serving the Springfield and surrounding areas by providing legal services related to workers’ compensation,...read more >>

How is Social Security handling the COVID-19 outbreak?

by Casaundra Johnson | May 31, 2020 | Eligibility

Like nearly every other government agency across the country, the Social Security Administration has made several changes to its daily operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Social Security offices have been closed to the...read more >>

Accessing VA Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

by Casaundra Johnson | Apr 17, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

On March 19, 2020, the VA temporarily closed its regional offices to the public in response to COVID-19.   While these temporary closures prevent veterans from accessing many services in-person, the VA has expanded its virtual services and is continuing to process disability claims and other benefit applications to the extent possible.   ...read more >>

Understanding Social Security’s Continuing Disability Reviews

by Casaundra Johnson | Apr 02, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Individuals who have applied for Social Security disability benefits know how difficult it is to get approved for benefits.  However, most disabled beneficiaries are surprised to learn that even after they have been approved for benefits,...read more >>

Expanded Agent Orange Presumption for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

by Casaundra Johnson | Feb 18, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

The Blue Water Navy (BWN) Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 went into effect on January 1, 2020, and extended the presumption of herbicide exposure to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam and Cambodia, or in the Korean Demilitarized zone (DMZ)....read more >>

Medicare Eligibility for Disabled Adults

by Casaundra Johnson | Jan 16, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Generally, Medicare coverage is available to disabled adults who are under the age of 65 and have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for 24 months. The 24-month waiting period for Medicare coverage begins the first month the disabled individual was entitled to a disability payment. There is an exception to the 24-month waiting period for disabled adults who have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).  ...read more >>

VA Disability Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2020 & Updated Benefit Rate Tables

by Casaundra Johnson | Dec 09, 2019 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Under federal law, cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for VA compensation and pension rates are the same percentage as for Social Security Disability benefits.  This means that just like Social Security beneficiaries, disabled veterans will see a 1.6% increase in their monthly benefits for 2020 due to the rising costs of living.  The 1.6% increase went into effect on December 1, 2019; however, veterans will not actually see a change in the amount of their disability benefits until January 2020.  The following Rate Tables show the increased benefit rate for 2020....read more >>