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 >>

Am I required to accept a light duty job offer if it does not follow my work restrictions?

by Kara Dolan-West | Dec 09, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

Injured workers often find themselves faced with the difficult decision of returning to work within a different position than which they were working prior to their injury. If you are currently on temporary total disability compensation and have work restrictions that may enable you to return to work in a different capacity than the position you were working when injured, you should contact your employer about returning....read more >>

Can I Call Witnesses to Testify At My Workers’ Compensation Hearings?

by Jacob Brandt | Nov 25, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

Injured workers often wonder if they are able to call witnesses to testify on their behalf at hearings before the Industrial Commission of Ohio. So long as the witness has information pertinent to the issue being adjudicated, they are free to provide testimony at a hearing. Witnesses called to testify before the Industrial Commission of Ohio are free to provide factual information relevant to the adjudication of a claim. ...read more >>

Can I Receive Compensation if I am an Independent Contractor?

by Lauren Osgood | Nov 15, 2019 | General Information

Even if you are classified as an “independent contractor,” you may still qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation may determine that a person designated as an independent contractor is legally an employee and is therefore entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits. The BWC is focused on the level of control that an employer has over a worker, even if that person is classified as an independent contractor....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 >>

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 >>

What do I do with leftover pain medication after a work injury?

by Kara Dolan-West | Oct 25, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

Governor DeWine has initiated a program to help injured workers dispose of unused pain medication. Pharmacies in Ohio will soon offer biodegradable bags to ensure the safe disposal of any opioids that go unused after a work injury....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 >>

If My Wages Are Decreased As A Result Of A Workplace Injury Can I Receive Compensation To Cover The Difference In Pay?

by Jacob Brandt | Sep 27, 2019 | Hearing Process

When an individual in the state of Ohio suffers a work place injury that creates a decrease in wages, there is compensation available to make up for that loss in pay....read more >>

What if my employer claims I am an independent contractor and not covered by their Workers’ Compensation Coverage?

by Lauren Osgood | Sep 20, 2019 | General Information

In some situations an employer may argue that they are not responsible for covering your work related injury due to your employment relationship. If your employer tells you that you are not covered because of your status as an independent contractor and you do not believe that you are an independent contractor you should always consult with an attorney prior to giving up your rights....read more >>