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 >>

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 >>

Will my spouse and children receive benefits if the Social Security Administration finds me disabled?

by Casaundra Johnson | Sep 10, 2019 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

If the Social Security Administration determines that you are disabled and eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, your spouse and children may be eligible for benefits as well.  Benefits paid to a disabled person’s family members are called auxiliary benefits, and eligibility for these benefits depends on several factors....read more >>

The New Claims Process for VA Appeals

by Casaundra Johnson | Aug 06, 2019 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Congress passed the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA) in 2017, in an effort to modernize the claim and appeals process, improve notification of VA decisions, speed up the processing of claims, and decrease the number of backlogged appeals. A pilot program for the new claims process was implemented after Congress passed the AMA and allowed veterans to opt into the new claims process before it went into effect on February 19, 2019....read more >>