Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at 1:13 pm
The Social Security Agency (SSA), in conjunction with Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD), announced on February 19 that starting in mid-March they will be expediting Social Security disability claims and trying to make speedier decisions for disabled veterans.
According to SSA acting commissioner Carolyn Colvin, they will work closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to find qualified disabled claimants. For faster transactions, disabled veterans should present a notification letter from the VA, in addition to informing the SSA that they have a 100 percent rating of VA disability compensation for permanent & total (P&T) disability. Though claimants with a VA rating will be prioritized by the agency, they must still be considered eligible by the SSA requirements in order to get their benefits.
As a disabled veteran, getting your Social Security disability benefits is important for meeting your basic living needs. If you are living in Indiana, the lawyers at the Hankey Law Office can possibly assist you in the filing process, helping you to get the benefits you need. Speak with us today by calling 317-634-8565.
Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 11:48 am
Over two dozen more people in connection with the NYC Social Security Disability (SSD) fraud scheme are expected to be arrested on Tuesday, February 25.
This arrest will follow the massive January arrest of over 100 former NYC police and firefighters. The arrested people filed for disability in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, claiming mental and psychological disability.
Police allege that Sam Esposito and Douglas Hale are two leaders in the fraud, claiming that they helped other officers and firefighters fail psychological exams in order to receive benefits. The disability fraud was exposed after internet photos surfaced proving that the claimants were, in fact, not disabled.
It is frustrating to learn that some people without disabilities take advantage of a system that some people truly need. If you need assistance obtaining Social Security benefits in Indiana, attorneys at that Hankey Law Office could help you. Call (800) 520-3633 to discuss your legal options with an experienced professional.
Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 2:39 pm
People who have debilitating disabilities that leave them unable to do their daily job may find themselves in need of financial assistance. In such a situation, it may be best for a disabled person to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. When applying for Social Security disability, make sure to keep the following in mind:
- Disabled workers who are physically able to get to a local Social Security Administration (SSA) office may want to schedule an appointment and file their claim in person.
- Disabled applicants who are currently confined in the hospital or are immobilized by their current condition may apply through telephone or by visiting the SSA’s official website. Applicants should provide their work history from the last 15 years, including their medical records and an explanation how their disabilities hamper them from working.
The legal team at the Hankey Law Office helps disabled workers in Indiana to get the Social Security Disability benefits they need. Call us today at 317-634-8565 to find out how we may help you.
Posted on Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 10:37 am
Syringomyelia, a condition where fluid builds up in the spinal cord, can sometimes occur as the result of physical trauma. In the beginning phases of syringomyelia, a small cyst will form. Gradually over time, the cyst can fill with fluid and elongate.
People affected by syringomyelia often do not discover the problem since the initial symptoms aren’t easily noticeable. The disorder could cause nerve damage, back problems, and paralysis. In the most serious cases, syringomyelia can affect brain activity if the infection is located near the brain stem.
Workers who labor under extreme conditions could be subject to experiencing blunt force trauma. If a worker develops syringomyelia as a result of their injury, they could be eligible to receive workers’ compensation payments. If you have been injured while working in Indiana, an attorney at the Hankey Law Office may be able to help you receive benefits. Call (800) 520-3633 to learn more about our legal services.
Posted on Monday, January 13th, 2014 at 10:02 am
At least 80 retired NYC policemen and firemen were charged on January 7 for fraudulently claiming disability benefits.
The majority of policemen and firemen taking part in the fraud scheme had been involved in relief efforts for the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Many of the people fraudulently collecting SSDI benefits had claimed to be disabled with psychiatric disorders and depression after working during September 11th.
Some of the firefighters and policemen were charged with second-degree grand larceny and attempted second-degree grand larceny for illegally receiving disability benefits. Before claiming their disability benefits, police and firefighters had gone through coaching in order to effectively appear disabled.
Though some people take advantage of SSDI, many people across the United States are in need of the disability money. Attorneys at the Hankey Law Office work to help disabled people in Indiana receive the benefits that they require. Call our offices at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we can help you.
Posted on Thursday, December 26th, 2013 at 2:42 pm
Under the Obama administration, the number of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries has increased by 20 percent. The increasing number of beneficiaries could lead to the sooner depletion of the program’s funding.
At the beginning of Obama’s first presidential term, 7.4 million citizens were collecting SSDI benefits. The number of recipients has increased to over 8.9 million people. As the number of recipients climb, the deficit of the Social Security Disability program continues to grow.
Tad DeHaven, a budget analyst, stated that the application for benefits surged as a result of the economic recession. The Social Security Administration’s disability insurance funding is estimated to only last for another three years.
Money from the Social Security Administration is crucial to the survival of some disabled people. If you need assistance obtaining SSD benefits in Indiana, contact the Hankey Law Office. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers today by calling (800) 520-3633.
Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 3:01 pm
Recent research conducted by two economists from the Social Security Administration (SSA) recently clarified how the number of disability insurance claimants has climbed rampantly in the past years.
According to the study led by SSA economists David Pattison and Hilary Waldron, they found that 90 percent of the rise in disabled individuals is caused by population growth, an increased population of women in the workplace, and the sudden emergence of aging baby boomers. The study was developed by examining more than three decades of demographic data.
Critics of the disability insurance disability believed that SSA’s unreformed system contributed to the sudden surge of claimants in recent years.
At the Hankey Law Office, our attorneys are devoted to helping disabled people in Indiana get the financial assistance they need from the SSA. Find out how we can help you with your Social Security Disability Insurance application by calling (800) 520-3633.
Posted on Thursday, November 28th, 2013 at 1:59 pm
Hundreds of judges with extremely high social security approval ratings have awarded at least $100 billion worth of Social Security Disability benefits within only 7 years.
According to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, judges with an 80 percent approval rate or higher awarded billions of dollars to at least 140,000 claimants in 2009. These numbers suggest a possible excess in the awarding of disability benefits.
Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma expressed concern over this trend. Lankford said that the wrongful awarding of benefits jeopardizes the SSDI program as a whole. The Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees predicted the exhaustion of the SSDI program by 2016.
If think you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance and you live in Indiana, contact the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 to see how our legal professionals can assist you.
Posted on Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 9:39 am
The Social Security Administration has made an over payment of $1.3 billion to disability recipients in a span of two years, according to a recent audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). CNN Money reported on the over payments in late October.
According to CNN’s report, many former disability beneficiaries were getting paid for several months up to years after they had already notified the agency that they no longer qualified to receive benefits. Cheryl Bates-Harris from the National Disability Rights Network said there are serious lapses in the system, but the agency is trying to avoid liability and let the beneficiaries shoulder the responsibility.
The GAO explained that a lack of budget and backlogs on reviewing beneficiaries caused the problem. The over payments made by the Social Security Administration either went to innocent beneficiaries or to people who engaged in fraud.
The legal team at the Hankey Law Office understands that many eligible people in Indiana deserve to receive disability benefits to augment their daily needs. Seek a lawyer’s help today to get help obtaining the benefits you need by calling (800) 520-3633.
Posted on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 4:32 pm
A kink was recently discovered in the Social Security Administration’s system. At least $1 million in disability benefits was wrongfully paid by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to imprisoned beneficiaries.
According to the Office of the Inspector General’s recent report, the SSA wrongfully distributed disability insurance payments to beneficiaries while they were serving jail time.
The report entitled “Special Disability Workload Payments Made to Incarcerated Beneficiaries” found that out of 100 imprisoned beneficiaries, the SSA had stopped giving payments to 75 convicted prisoners but had overpaid the last 25.
The report concluded that the payment lapse of the SSA to the sample number of prisoners estimated to $1 million to 440 prisoners.
Sadly, many qualified disabled individuals experience complications in claiming disability benefits from Social Security. If you are experiencing this, a lawyer from Hankey Law Office in Indianapolis may be able to assist you. Call (800) 520-3633 to share your story with an attorney today.