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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Do I Qualify for DWRF Benefits?

by Kara Dolan-West | Jun 25, 2019 | Medical Care Benefits

The Disabled Workers’ Relief Fund (“DWRF”) is a special fund that will supplement permanent total disability benefits that fall below the cost of living....read more >>

He Ran!!

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Jun 09, 2017 | Social Security in the News

Remember my first blog regarding the Case of Eric Conn? If not, click the link to read it now! So Eric Conn pleaded guilty to all those charges, government witnesses warned he was a flight risk...read more >>

Disability Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Fraud Case

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Mar 28, 2017 | Social Security in the News

Eastern Kentucky Social Security Attorney Eric Conn has recently plead guilty to one count of stealing from the Social Security Administration and one count of paying illegal gratuities to a federal judge. Since October 2004, Conn...read more >>

Injuries can lead to workers’ comp and disability benefits

by Andrew Bainbridge | Mar 31, 2015 | Workers' Compensation

Most people in Ohio know that if they are injured on the job, they can apply for workers’ compensation benefits that can help cover lost wages, medical expenses and even rehabilitation treatments. For a lot of...read more >>

Blurring the lines between TTD and PTD

by Kara Dolan-West | Feb 14, 2015 | Permanent Total Disability Compensation

The roles of temporary total disability (TTD) and permanent total disability (PTD) are supposed to be separate and distinct. TTD is designed to compensate an injured worker for a loss of earnings while he or she...read more >>