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.
Posted on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 10:14 am
A two year long investigation into the Social Security Disability Insurance program discovered alleged prevalent fraud. The report, conducted by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and run by Republican Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, was released on October 7.
According to the investigative report, up to 15 percent of the population in Kentucky receives disability payments with the help of Attorney Eric Conn, who allegedly runs a “disability claim factory.” Attorney Conn allegedly has been working with Judge David Daugherty and a group of questionable doctors to approve disability claims. The report shows that at least five doctors received millions of dollars in recent years to give biased opinions for Conn’s clients.
Sen. Coburn stressed that the Social Disability Trust Fund may run out of money in less than 2 years due to this rampant fraud.
At the Hankey Law Office, our legal team knows that in Indiana alone, many people are qualified to receive disability benefits through the Social Security Disability program. If you are looking to file a claim or an appeal for an unfairly denied claim, call us at (800) 520-3633 for the help you need.
Posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 9:15 am
People who are infected with HIV or AIDS virus may also qualify to get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to help cover their basic necessities and supplement their finances. However, in order to receive these benefits, a person must meet certain criterion first.
If seeking SSDI benefits, HIV or AIDS patients must have paid taxes on their income for a predetermined amount of years, earning them Social Security credits. The number of working years of an infected patient depends on how old the patient is when he or she becomes disabled. However, those workers who are young may only be required to have worked for few years. Their disability must also be severe enough that it prevents them from completing meaningful and substantial work, in addition to being expected to last at least a year or end in death.
The benefits a patient will receive depend on their income received while working.
If you or a loved one has been disabled by HIV or AIDS, disability benefits may be sought with the help of a lawyer at the Hankey Law Office. Call 317-634-8565 if you live in Indiana to find out how we may be able to help you.
Posted on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at 4:55 pm
A review from the Government Accountability Office states that the Social Security Administration may have wrongfully given disability benefits to people who claimed they were disabled but were actually working. The report was published on Tuesday, September 17.
In the review, the SSA was estimated to have given improper disability payments to 36,000 people from December 2010 up to January 2013. One incorrect payment amounted to $74,000.
Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said in a statement that the lapses by the Social Security Administration display how little effort they make in ensuring accuracy.
The legal team at Hankey Law Office understands that many people in Indiana rely on disability benefits due to their inability to work. If you are having difficulty receiving your disability payments, please contact us by calling 800-520-3633 today.
Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at 3:23 pm
Based on the work of a family member who is receiving Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, certain family members may also qualify for SSD financial benefits.
A beneficiary’s spouse may be qualified to receive benefits if he or she is 62 or older. However, a spouse may also be entitled to benefits regardless of age if he or she is taking care of the child of the beneficiary who is under 16 years old or is considered disabled.
The children of the beneficiary who are under 18 years old and are unmarried may also get benefits if they are studying full time in elementary or secondary school. Children aged 18 and older who are proven disabled by the Social Security Administration may also get benefits, as long as the disability begun before they turned 22 years old.
Our lawyers at the Hankey Law Office, P.C., understand how important it is for eligible disabled people in Indiana to get the benefits they need to live day to day. Find out how we may help you get the benefits you need by calling 317-634-8565 today.
Posted on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at 7:31 am
Lead-based paint was used in homes in America up until the late 1970′s when it finally became illegal due to the fact that it can cause lead paint poisoning. However, it is not uncommon for homes built before this law was passed to contain lead-based paint.
When the paint gets old and chips off onto the floor, young children are likely to ingest the flakes and dust. Unfortunately, the paint has a sweet flavor, which makes it more appealing to young children. This is extremely dangerous for children because a recent Federal government study found that no amount of lead is safe in a child’s body, as even the smallest amount of lead present in a child’s blood can cause significant injury.
If you suffered lead-paint poisoning as a child, you may still be eligible to receive monetary compensation for the harm it caused, even if you are a young adult now. Claims involving injured children can be made until the child is 20 years of age. Here at the Hankey Law Office, our lawyers believe in helping victims of lead paint poisoning in Indiana, so give us a call at (317) 634-8565.
Posted on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at 3:40 pm
Military personnel who have been injured in the line of duty are able to receive Social Security disability benefits, if they qualify, and if the injury occurred on October 2001 or later, they can receive expedited benefits.
For an injured military member to qualify, he or she should be “disabled,” which means the injured person can no longer perform “substantial work,” according to the Social Security Administration. Whether the injury is physical or mental, the condition must last for a year or be expected to result to death.
Once disability is proven, a disabled military service member must meet the qualifications of either the Social Security Disability Insurance program or the Supplemental Security Income program. The former requires a person to have paid taxes into the program and worked for a specified period of time, while the latter is based on financial needs.
Our lawyers at the Hankey Law Office, P.C., can help any disabled person in Indiana understand their rights when it comes to disability benefits. Call us at 317-634-8565 today to discuss your eligibility.
Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 1:51 pm
With more and more people suffering from the stress and difficulty of trying to balance both work and family life, especially when personal problems arose, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was passed, providing employees who were qualified under the act with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave without the fear of job or health benefits loss. Employees are considered to be eligible for these benefits if their employer is a public agency, a private or public school, or employs at least 50 people, and if he or she has worked for that company for a year for at least 1,250 hours, and lives within 75 miles of the employer.
Those people that are qualified under the FMLA are able to take valuable time off work without worrying about losing their job or benefits if they are in one of the following situations:
- Needs to take care of a child, spouse, or parent who has a serious medical condition, which is considered to be an illness, injury, or condition, either physical or mental, that requires care in a medical center or ongoing medical care from a health provider.
- Needs to take care of him or herself due to developing a serious health problem.
- Needs to care for a newborn child or a child that was recently placed under the employee’s care through adoption.
Sadly, many employers fail to treat their employees properly when they apply for or take leave under the FMLA. From unfairly disciplining an employee to firing him or her, our lawyers at the Hankey Law Office are prepared to help anyone in Indiana who has been mistreated by their employer when taking leave under the FMLA. Call us at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we can help you in this situation.
Posted on Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 9:46 am
Instead of using the term “mental retardation” when referring to individuals with a developmental disability, the Social Security Administration announced on August 1st that it will now use the term “intellectual disability.”
With this new distinction “intellectual disability” will replace any instance of “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded children” in the Social Security lists of impairments and other agency publications. Changing of the term will not affect the evaluation of individuals with mental disability however.
The change was made after many advocates said the term “mental retardation” was offensive and resulted in both misunderstandings of a disorder’s origination and for those who suffer from the disorder.
If you are in Indiana and need legal assistance when applying for Social Security disability, contact a lawyer from the Hankey Law Office, P.C., by calling 317-634-8565 today and find out how we can help you.