New York man nearly loses his home after SSDI delay

A delay on a man’s Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in Port Washington, New York almost resulted in his family losing their home to foreclosure.

Mitch Cohen, once a successful electrical engineer, was his family’s primary breadwinner when he became unable to work after a serious heart attack. Cohen applied for his disability benefits after losing his job and began receiving monthly payments in January of this year. After a favorable hearing stating that his benefits are deserved, Cohen was still owed over $60,000 worth of back-benefits from the years he received no monthly payments. Social Security finally deposited Cohen’s back-benefits six years after he lost his job. Cohen stated he will use the money he received to get out of debt.

The lawyers at the Hankey Law Office understand that many people in Indiana experience similar difficulties when their SSDI payments are delayed. If you or someone you know has an issue receiving benefits, we may be able to assist you in obtaining them. Call our office at 317-634-8565 to learn more about your options.


Recall of thousands of outdoor flashlights that may catch fire

Wichita-based outdoor accessories company Coleman is recalling an estimated 8,500 flashlights that may cause burn injuries to intended users as it suddenly catches fire, an April 12 report of cpsc.gov stated.

According to the recall, the lithium-ion batteries of Coleman “CTAC Lithium-Ion Flashlights” may produce excessive heat and eventually catch fire. Though Coleman has not been notified of any injuries, two complaints involving the recalled flashlights were related to property damage. Consumers are advised to look for the model number printed on the handle of the 6.5 inch flashlight to find out if it is part of the recall. To address the issue, Coleman is instructing consumers to return the recalled products to receive a refund.

The lawyers of the Hankey Law Office in Indiana represent people who have been injured as a result of using defective products. We strongly believe that negligent parties should compensate individuals who have been injured by poorly made products. If you think this as happened to you or to a loved one, call us today at (317) 634-8565 to find out how we may work on your behalf.


Federal assistance available for individuals who have AIDS or HIV

It can be a difficult time when a person is diagnosed with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). However, individuals suffering from such medical conditions should know that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has programs to help them with costly treatments and medications.

Individuals who have such conditions may apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). When HIV infection progresses to AIDS, individuals who have such illnesses can no longer perform income generating jobs if they suffer disabling symptoms such as severe or unexplained fatigue, rapid weight loss, pneumonia, or even mental disorders. The two SSA programs were created to assist people with HIV or AIDS in order to sustain financial support for their medical bills. Though applying for benefits is often an easy task, many people unfortunately are being turned down due to insufficient evidence to support their claims.

While overcoming the hardships that stem from your illness, whether it is HIV or AIDS, enlisting a lawyer can be an essential step when applying or appealing for your Social Security benefits. Find out how a lawyer at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana may be able to help you today by calling 317-634-8565.


Driver in Fairmount fatal accident facing charges

The intoxicated vehicle driver involved in a recent accident that killed three Manchester University students and critically injuring another is facing charges in Grant County, The Washington Times reported on February 22.

Reports said that Deangelo Evans, 26, was charged with several counts of homicide and another count of causing serious bodily injury in a vehicular accident. On February 21, Evans was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he was involved in an accident on Interstate 69 that killed three international students. The victims reportedly were on the roadside while changing a flat tire on their vehicle when they were struck by Evans. A fourth victim is still being treated in a Fort Wayne Hospital due to critical injuries.

The entire team at the Hankey Law Office extends their deepest condolences to the family and friends of those affected by this tragic car accident.


Does the Social Security Department monitor disabled individuals?

While the Social Security Administration (SSA) has a program to support disabled individuals, SSDI beneficiaries should know that their condition will be monitored periodically to determine if they still qualify for the benefits they are receiving. The SSA review its beneficiaries based on their assumed recovery period:

  • Beneficiaries who are “expected” to recover from their disabilities may be reviewed by the SSA between six and eighteen months after receiving benefits.
  • Beneficiaries who may “possibly” recover from their disabilities may be reviewed by the SSA after three years of receiving benefits.
  • Beneficiaries who are “not expected” to recover from their disabilities may be reviewed by the SSA after seven years of receiving benefits.

SSDI beneficiaries should understand that their benefits may be stopped if the SSA finds out that they have recovered from their disabilities.

The lawyers of the Hankey Law Office provide legal assistance to individuals who are applying for or appealing decisions regarding their SSDI benefits. Call our office today at (317) 634-8565 to learn more about how we can help you through this complex process.


Police suspect illegal street racing caused fatal Indianapolis car crash

Indianapolis authorities are believe that a serious collision which resulted in three deaths was caused by a driver participating in an illegal street race, according to reports.

Witnesses told reporters that the driver of a Ford Mustang, Connor Tomlinson, lost control of his vehicle on South East Street on December 23 before it struck the median and flipped into the path of an oncoming Chevrolet Trailblazer in the other lane. All three occupants of the SUV were killed in the collision, including a 12-year-old girl who died in the ambulance on the way to a local hospital.

Witnesses reported seeing Tomlinson’s Mustang and another vehicle revving their engines while stopped a a red light. When the light turned, both vehicles apparently sped away; investigations revealed that Tomlinson’s speedometer indicated he was going 60 mph at the time of the collision.

Tomlinson and his three passengers were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Among these treated was a 10-year-old girl who was the only one to remember the collision. Authorities are still investigating the collision to determine what, if any, charges will be filed.


Who can help you apply for SSDI benefits?

Disabled individuals should know that the Social Security Administration (SSA) allows applicants to seek help from others when applying for their disability benefits in order to ensure that applications are as accurate and complete as possible. Assistance from others can be vital to individuals who struggle with certain disabilities that may hinder their ability to complete the application form. Applicants may turn to the following people for help during this process:

  • Any family member or close relative
  • A close friend
  • An employer
  • Members of certain organizations of advocacy groups
  • Paralegals
  • Attorneys

SSDI applicants who want to officially authorize their representatives are required to submit an Appointment of Representative form. Though the SSA allows every disabled person to seek application assistance, they should understand that their signatures will be required in order for the application to be processed.

If you are a disabled person seeking assistance in filing for your SSDI benefits, enlisting a skilled lawyer may be in your best interest. Find out how our team at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana can help you today by calling (317) 634-8565.


Workers diagnosed with diabetes may be entitled to Social Security benefits

Workers who have been diagnosed with diabetes may possibly qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) if they suffer from any of the debilitating complications that many individuals with diabetes experience.

If complications from diabetes have affected your ability to work and make a living, you could possibly qualify for Social Security disability benefits, especially if those complications involve:

  • Deteriorating or total loss of eyesight
  • Serious diseases that affects the kidneys or the heart
  • Amputation of limb due to unnoticed wound that got infected
  • Nerve damages
  • Serious skin problems

Unfortunately, these complications and the treatments required for them could leave an individual unable to continue working in any meaningful capacity. In situations such as this, pursuing benefits from the Social Security Administration could be the only option a person has for making ends meet.

If you are considering applying for or appealing a denial of SSDI benefits due to debilitating complications of diabetes in Indiana, an experienced attorney with the Hankey Law Office may be able to help. Call our office today at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about what we may be able to do for you.


Hyundai sedans with brake switch issue recalled in the US

Approximately 305,000 Hyundai Sonata vehicles are being recalled in the U.S. to repair a problem in the “stop lamp switch,” an article of The New York Times reported on November 21.

Reports said the 2011-2012 Sonata models are equipped with automatic transmissions that could potentially be moved out of park without first depressing the brake pedal, causing the vehicles to roll away. These vehicle also have issues that may allow brake lights to remain lit even after the foot brake pedal has been released.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was told that the Korean automaker is still investigating the causes of both issues. Hyundai stated that they are unaware of any incidents or injuries involving the recalled Sonatas.

The lawyers of Hankey Law Office in Indianapolis understand that many families suffer preventable injuries in accidents caused or exacerbated by defective vehicles, and we work to represent victims who seek compensation for their injuries. To learn more, call us today at (800) 520-3633.


Federal agencies raid American Senior Communities’ Indianapolis offices, CEO’s home

In September of this year, the FBI along with several other federal agencies raided the Indianapolis office of American Senior Communities, as well as the CEO’s home in Carmel. Agents from the FBI, the IRS, and the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General refused to answer questions about the purpose of the raid, and authorities were seen leaving both locations with boxes, bags, and even computers. You can read more about these raids by clicking here:

If you or someone you love has suffered any form of mistreatment in a nursing home, whether it took the form of physical abuse, neglect, or financial mistreatment, you deserve the opportunity to hold the responsible parties accountable. Let the Indiana nursing home abuse lawyers of the Hankey Law Office help you. Call us today at (317) 634-8565 to learn more about your legal rights and options.


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