How is Social Security handling the COVID-19 outbreak?

by Casaundra Johnson | May 31, 2020 | Eligibility

Like nearly every other government agency across the country, the Social Security Administration has made several changes to its daily operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Social Security offices have been closed to the...read more >>

Understanding Social Security’s Continuing Disability Reviews

by Casaundra Johnson | Apr 02, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Individuals who have applied for Social Security disability benefits know how difficult it is to get approved for benefits.  However, most disabled beneficiaries are surprised to learn that even after they have been approved for benefits,...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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Social Security Benefits: Tips, Tricks, and What to Look out for

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Jun 06, 2018 | Social Security Benefits

In 2017, Two Million people in the United States applied for disability benefits, but only 762,141 were approved. This means that 4 in 10 applicants who claimed they were too disabled to work, met the Social...read more >>

The Social Security Benefits Application Process

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Mar 02, 2017 | Social Security Disability Insurance

To apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) or SSI benefits based on disability, a person must first make a claim (fill out an application). This is done by contacting the Social Security office, either by phone...read more >>

Social Security Income and Beyond

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Feb 02, 2017 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Saving isn’t an easy thing for most people, and I am here to tell you that you are not alone. Tons of people live paycheck to paycheck and/or just have really bad saving habits… like, not...read more >>

What you should know about the Social Security increase of 2017

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Jan 24, 2017 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

If you are receiving Social Security benefits then you will receive an increase this year. The cost of living (COLA) will increase a whopping $0.3 percent. The worst in history yet but hey, from no increase...read more >>