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 >>

What should I do once I have been released with restrictions?

by Lauren Osgood | Apr 22, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

Once your doctor has released you back to work with restrictions there may be some question about whether your employer must offer you a job within those restrictions. At the time when your doctor releases you...read more >>

What is Voluntary Abandonment of Employment and How Does it Affect My Compensation?

by Jacob Brandt | Apr 15, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

Many injured workers throughout the state of Ohio come to learn that they are entitled to temporary total disability (TTD) compensation after the allowance of their claim. Temporary total disability compensation is awarded in instances where...read more >>

What do I do if my claim is denied? | The Bainbridge Firm, LLC

by Kara Dolan-West | Apr 01, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

Your claim may have been denied because you are missing a small piece of required information or medical support for your request. Or your claim may be denied because a legal question exists as to whether...read more >>

What If My Insurance Company Pays for Medical Treatment That Is Related To My Workers’ Compensation Claim?

by Lauren Osgood | Mar 25, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

In order for medical treatment to be considered under a workers’ compensation claim, an injured worker must first have an allowed claim that encompasses the conditions that treatment is being geared towards. This becomes important when...read more >>

Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

by Jacob Brandt | Mar 18, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

In this day and age, more employees than ever before are consistently spending their time typing away on a computer. As a result there has been a growing number of individuals being diagnosed with carpal tunnel...read more >>

What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?

by Casaundra Johnson | Mar 12, 2019 | Social Security Benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are the disability programs managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). While there are many differences between SSDI and SSI, three of the biggest differences are...read more >>

Will I get fired if I file a claim?

by Lauren Osgood | Mar 06, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

Nobody goes to work and expects to get hurt. If you are injured on the job, you are probably most concerned with receiving treatment, getting back to work, and resuming your normal life. Many clients are...read more >>

What treatment services require pre-authorization?

by Kara Dolan-West | Mar 06, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

The BWC’s MCO standardized prior authorization table Service Prior Authorization Required  No Prior Authorization Required Physical medicine services, including chiropractic/osteopathic manipulative treatment and acupuncture Yes Psychological services Yes Dental Yes Evaluation and management services Yes for...read more >>

Back Pain and the Use of Opioids

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Feb 11, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

A tight, burning and stabbing sensation. Muscles spasms and tingling. The feeling of being electrocuted in the same spot repeatedly. Back pain comes in many forms. Millions of people experience the agony of back pain and...read more >>