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 >>

How Do I Appeal an Unfavorable Administrative Law Judge Decision?

by Casaundra Johnson | May 08, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

What happens if the judge denies my claim? This is one of the most common questions clients ask, even before their hearing is scheduled or the judge makes a decision in their case. To answer simply,...read more >>

What are vocational experts and what role do they have at hearings? | The Bainbridge Firm, LLC

by Casaundra Johnson | Apr 08, 2019 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

A vocational expert is an impartial expert witness with training, experience, and knowledge of the current labor market, the jobs available in the national economy, and skills needed to perform specific jobs. Vocational experts are almost...read more >>

The Ins and Outs of Temporary Total Disability

by Kara Dolan-West | Mar 20, 2018 | Temporary Total Disability Compensation

“Total disability” means that the injured worker is unable to return to his or her former position of emloyment. A finding of temporary total disability, sometimes reffered to as TTD, does not require a showing of...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 >>

Residual Disabilities

by Kara Dolan-West | Mar 13, 2015 | General Information

Ohio Revised Code § 4123.52 provides the Commission with continuing jurisdiction to make modifications, changes, findings, or awards if written notice of a claim relating to the specific part or parts of the body injured or...read more >>

Americans With Disabilities Act

by Kara Dolan-West | Nov 12, 2014 | General Information

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to all employers who have fifteen or more employees. Whether or not an injured worker is subject to protection under the ADA after the workers’ compensation injury depends upon...read more >>