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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Veterans Disability: What is Individual Unemployability Compensation?

by Casaundra Johnson | Nov 08, 2019 | Temporary Total Disability Compensation

Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability is a unique disability benefit that allows the VA to pay qualifying veterans at the 100 percent rate, even when their total disability rating is less than 100 percent. ...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 >>