The Bainbridge Firm, local Cambridge office in Guernsey County.

by Kara Dolan-West | Jun 26, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

The Bainbridge Firm established an office in Cambridge, Ohio in January of 2018, located at 120 Southgate Parkway in downtown Cambridge. We were met with a warm welcome from the community, Chamber of Commerce, and town...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 >>

Workers Compensation and Disability Statute of Limitations

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | May 26, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Workers and military personnel can obtain great benefits to ease their healing process, cover their expenses, and retain the dignity they deserve. Unfortunately shame, concern for lost wages, fear of your employer, or even just waiting...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 >>

How Do I Prove A Work Place Incident Caused My Injury?

by Jacob Brandt | Nov 01, 2019 | Eligibility

Injured workers in the state of Ohio often end up battling their employer and the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation to prove that they did in fact suffer an injury as a result of their work place accident. Many times we are asked “what do I need to show, to prove my work caused my injury?” The answer to this question is often times pretty intuitive. Essentially, there are two things that need to be shown; a medical expert must properly diagnose the condition that is being alleged and second, there must be evidence that shows that the work place incident caused the individual to suffer the given condition at issue....read more >>

Social Security Benefit Increases for 2020

by Casaundra Johnson | Oct 16, 2019 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

The Social Security Administration recently announced that the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits will increase again in 2020 due to the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Social Security and SSI beneficiaries can expect a 1.6 percent increase in benefits in 2020 due to inflation and the rising cost of living....read more >>