What usually happens after applying for SSDI online?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 1:03 pm    

Disabled individuals who apply for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits using the official Social Security website should expect the following after submitting their application:

  • The SSA will send an electronic mail (email) or snail mail to confirm that they already received your application.
  • The SSA will review the application form that you fill out.
  • The SSA may contact the applicants if they are required to submit supplemental information or papers.
  • Applicants will also get notification from the SSA if your dependents are also eligible to get your benefits.
  • After the SSA process the application, they usually send a letter through snail mail regarding their decision.

Though filing for SSDI benefits online is convenient, the procedure can be confusing to applicants. However, if you are applying or appealing for your benefits in Indiana, the lawyers at the Hankey Law Office may work on your behalf. Call our office today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may assist you in the filing process.


Annual report raises concern about Social Security Disability fund

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at 3:16 pm    

An annual report on the financial status of the Social Security Disability fund and the Medicare system was recently released, renewing concerns over the quickly depleting disability fund, according to the New York Times on July 22.

The disability fund is expected to be depleted by the end of next year, which will result in a 19% cut to benefits unless something is done to fortify the fund. The benefit reduction would affect 11 million beneficiaries. Although the Obama administration wanted funds to be transferred from the retirement account, which has been done in the past, the Republican congress wants to make long-lasting changes to the program.

Although politics may shift, the real need for disability benefits will not change. If you are disabled and unable to work in Indiana, the attorneys at the Hankey Law Office may help you throughout every step of the complicated application or appeals process. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your options.


Work credits needed to qualify for disability benefits

Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 10:23 am    

The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires every individual to earn enough “credits” during their employment in order to qualify for SSDI benefits when they become disabled, according to the Social Security website.

The number of credits required may vary depending on the age the worker who suffers from a disability. Usually, workers need to earn at least 40 working credits during their employment tenure. Younger individuals, on the other hand, may require fewer credits to become qualified for disability benefits. The SSA computes the credits depending on the total annual income of the worker. For example, this year, workers get one (1) credit for each $1,220 earned. However, only four credits can be earned per year, and the monetary amount that makes up a credit will alter every year.

If you are applying or appealing for your SSDI benefits, it is important to enlist a skilled lawyer who will tirelessly work for you throughout the whole process. Find out how the Indiana lawyers of the Hankey Law Office may work for you by calling (800) 520-3633.


Second Annual National my Social Security Week

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 12:41 pm    

The Social Security Administration will spend the week hosting activities and events across the country to help encourage people to sign up for its free my Social Security online accounts. The online accounts allow members to quickly and securely access their Social Security information on any electronic media device with access to the internet.

These accounts can be particularly beneficial to people who are already receiving Social Security benefits—you can access your benefit verification card, make changes to your home and mailing addresses, request a replacement Medicare card, or even make changes to your direct deposit information through your account.

If you need legal help with anything related to your Social Security benefits, the Indiana attorneys at the Hankey Law Office would be happy to help. To speak with a member of our legal team directly, please call our Indiana offices at (800) 520-3633 today.


Disability benefits cessation as medical condition improves

Friday, July 10th, 2015 at 2:37 pm    

The Social Security Administration (SSA) may decide to terminate the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments for individuals under the following circumstances:

  • The SSA may terminate the SSDI benefits of individuals whose medical conditions have improved.
  • The SSDI recipients are already qualified for “substantial gainful activity,” (SGA) meaning they are earning a monthly income similar to their monthly earnings while not disabled.

The SSA usually notifies SSDI recipients through the mail within a month that their benefits have been terminated. SSDI recipients, on the other hand, should know that they will be given three months worth of SSDI payments (a grace period) before their benefits are completely terminated.

If you want to know more about applying or appealing for SSDI benefits in Indiana, get in touch with the Hankey Law Office attorneys. Call our office today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may assist you throughout the legal process of applying for disability benefits.


Hankey Law Office to sponsor 4th of July Ole! Bash

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 2:24 pm    

The team at the Hankey Law Office is proud to be sponsoring the annual St. Mary Catholic Church 4th of July Ole! Bash. The event will take place this Saturday from 3-11 pm at 311 North New Jersey Street in Indianapolis and is free of charge. This year’s bash will feature delicious food, music, a grand raffle, and an open air market. Learn more about this exciting Independence Day celebration by visiting our Community Involvement page or by clicking here.


Appealing for SSDI benefits online may result in mistakes

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 10:57 am    

Disabled workers who have been denied their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may consider appealing their claims online, but in many instances, this may result in small mistakes that prevent your claim from being processed correctly and with a good chance of success.

By visiting the Social Security Administration (SSA) official website, disabled workers may request to appeal their disability claim, make corrections to their medical records, or even sign their medical release form. Workers who are appealing for their disability benefits online have to carefully fill out every detail needed in every page, and there is a time limit to how long a person may stay on each page. The time limit and the necessity for absolute accuracy in every aspect of your application makes it difficult for many people to file a successful appeal online and by themselves.

Instead, seek the help of a Social Security disability attorney, who can help you understand and complete every step of the process. In order to learn more about getting the help of an attorney who can help you construct an accurate and thorough appeal for the disability benefits you need, call the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 today.


SSDI overpayments may have affected health of program

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at 8:51 am    

A decade-long report conducted by the inspector general of the Social Security Administration estimated that there have been frequent and widespread overpayments of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, according to Federal News Radio on June 7.

The study estimated that approximately $17 billion were wrongfully released to individuals who were no longer qualified to receive benefits for various reasons. For instance, beneficiaries would no longer qualify if they died, were imprisoned, began earning an income high enough to no longer qualify, among other reasons. This report comes as Congress is attempting to find a solution to fortify the disability fund, as it is predicted to run out by 2016.

The attorneys at the Hankey Law Office know that many Indiana residents are disabled and need SSDI to provide support. As the program works to fight fraud, it may help to have an experienced legal team by your side, advocating on behalf of your need. Find out how we may work for you today by calling (800) 520-3633.


Adults eligible for SSDI “child” benefits

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 at 11:40 am    

In certain situations, adults may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for children, given that they have been disabled before reaching the age of 22.

Disabled adults should qualify for the following criteria in order to receive SSDI benefits:

  • Their parents are either receiving SSDI or retirement benefits.
  • They have parents who have died but contributed enough to qualify for Social Security benefits before they passed.

Understanding Social Security disability can be complicated, and wading through the legalities of the application process is particularly difficult to do on your own. To discuss whether you are eligible for disability benefits or to begin applying for benefits, contact the lawyers of the Hankey Law Office. Call our offices in Indiana today at (800) 520-3633 to learn how our skilled legal team may help you complete a thorough, accurate application in pursuit of the disability benefits you need for support.


SSDI benefits from a former spouse

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 3:34 pm    

If you and your spouse have divorced, resulting in the loss of his or her Social Security disability benefits, it is worth considering applying for SSDI benefits from your ex-spouse’s record. You may possibly get SSDI benefits from a former spouse under the following conditions:

  • Before the divorce, you and your former spouse were married for at least 10 years.
  • Even if you remarry, you may still get SSDI from your former spouse if your relationship with a recent spouse has ended through divorce, annulment, or death.

People who apply for SSDI benefits from their former spouse’ records should remember that the benefits that they may possibly get could be affected by any other benefits they receive, and their ex-spouse is also entitled to do the same thing.

The Indiana lawyers at the Hankey Law Office work for disabled people applying for SSDI benefits. If you are in such a situation, we may work on your behalf to create a thorough application. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your options.


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