Social Security process for determining disability eligibility

Posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at 11:52 am    

The Social Security Administration (SSA) utilizes strict guidelines to determine whether a disabled person filing for benefits can no longer do his or her job.

The SSA initially checks the work history of disabled individuals for the past 15 years, including the activities they may still be capable of to earn income. The SSA will need a full detailed account of applicants’ work tasks to determine how they performed their job before they became disabled. The SSA denies applications by individuals that can perform their jobs, even if they are disabled. If the SSA was convinced that the applicant’s disability hindered the person from doing his or her job, they would still attempt to determine if the individual could perform other jobs.

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a complex and time-consuming process if you are not familiar with the procedure. If you are a disabled worker applying for benefits in Indiana, the lawyers at the Hankey Law Office may work for you. Find out how our lawyers may assist you in the filing process today by calling (800) 520-3633.

Different parties represent different interests in workers’ compensation cases

Posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 at 2:16 pm    

Anytime a workers’ compensation claim is filed, there are numerous different parties that play a role in handling that claim, all of which approach the issue with very different perspectives. As an injured worker, it is important for you and your attorney to understand these different perspectives and to act accordingly. To learn more, you can click here.

Workers’ Rights and Employment Law

Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 9:52 am    

Despite an abundance of laws and regulations that are meant to protect workers’ rights, the sad reality is that companies regularly take advantage of their workers and subject them to illegal treatment. If you believe that you have been the victim of an employment law violation, you likely have a number of questions about your legal rights and options. For more information on employment laws and workers’ rights, please click here.

Senator urged progressives to improve Social Security

Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 11:12 am    

A senator recently gave a speech to a nonprofit group in Washington urging progressives to improve Social Security to help Americans who are in need–not reduce it for budget reasons, an article by the Columbus Dispatch stated on July 9.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in a speech told the Center for American Progress that politicians should be discussing Social Security as a means to promote retirement security instead of debating to offset government funds by reducing the agency’s budget. Brown last year proposed to increase Social Security benefits and to increase the Social Security taxes of upper-class citizens. Nearly 58 million citizens depend on the retirement benefits and 9 million on the disability benefits managed by the agency.

The attorneys of the Hankey Law Office work for disabled individuals in Indiana who wish to file for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. The application process for benefits can be complicated, but you do not have to face this situation alone. Call our offices today at (800) 520-3633 to learn about how we can help.

SSA closes offices as applications increase

Posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 1:54 pm    

A Social Security Administration (SSA) official explained to Congress that the agency has closed down many field offices due to past budget cuts, although retirees and disability applications continue to grow, ABC News reported on June 18.

Though the SSA encouraged people to file their applications online, lawmakers criticized the agency, saying many applicants are uncomfortable utilizing the internet and wish to speak to officials in person. According to Nancy Berryhill, the agency compensated for budget cuts by closing some of their offices. SSA is one of the government agencies that has suffered from regular budget cuts. At least 64 SSA offices were closed by the agency in the last four years and more than 500 mobile offices in secluded areas were also closed. The office shutdown resulted in millions of applicants waiting longer for an appointment.

Although the SSA has closed some of its locations, an experienced attorney can help you complete your application correctly and begin the process of applying for benefits. Find out how the Indiana-based lawyers at the Hankey Law Office may work for you today by calling (800) 520-3633.

Avoiding Accidents with Bicycles

Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at 2:56 pm    

There are a number of things that both car drivers and cyclists can do in order to avoid dangerous and damaging collisions between cars and bicycles. Learn more about some of these important safety tips by clicking here.

Tips for Meeting with Your Doctor

Posted on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 9:11 am    

There are a number of ways that you can take a more active role in your health care, and one of the easiest and most important is to fine tune the way that you communicate with your doctor. Click here for some quick tips on how you can improve communication with your doctor.

Committee criticizes disability judges for easily approving claims

Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 11:17 am    

The House Oversight Committee’s report revealed that almost 200 Social Security disability judges easily approve claims, an article by the ABC News stated on June 10.

According to the report, at least 191 administrative judges approved the vast majority of the claims they handled from 2005 to 2013. Though judges approved many claims, last year’s approval rate declined by 56 percent compared to the 72 percent recorded in 2005. The Social Security Administration only has an estimated 1,400 judges to decide on hundreds of thousands of pending cases. Social Security Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin stated that their backlogs tend to pile up due to budget cuts and the rigorous considerations involved in reviewing disability claims.

If a disability hinders you from working, you may be entitled to receive Social Security disability benefits to sustain your everyday expenses and medical treatments. The lawyers at Hankey Law Office work for disabled people in Indiana. Find out how we may assist you in the filing or appealing process today by calling (800) 520-3633.

Commission proposed to repair Social Security

Posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 3:00 pm    

A bipartisan commission formation was introduced by two House members to improve the future of Social Security, an article by the Washington Post stated on May 30.

In the proposal drafted by House members Tom Cole (R-OK) and John Delaney (D-MD), a Social Security Commission that will be manned by 13 members will be given a year to generate suggestions to revamp the program. Congress will then vote on the recommendations that will hopefully extend the longevity of social security benefits. The Social Security Disability Insurance program faces the most immediate threat, and it may run out of funds as early as 2016.

During this difficult time in which the threat to Social Security benefits is very real, it may be advantageous to enlist a lawyer’s help in the filing process. This is especially true if you are unfamiliar with the complicated procedures. Find out how the Indiana-based attorneys of Hankey Law Office may represent you today by calling (800) 520-3633

Understanding “disability freeze”

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 2:49 pm    

When an individual has no source of income or earns less for an extended period of time because of their disability, they may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

However, when someone’s income is much lower or nonexistent as a result of their disability, their future retirement and/or disability benefits could be at stake.

Fortunately, individuals may apply for “disability freeze” if their income has been affected by their disability. An individual may then assuredly be eligible for such future benefits.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), in order to qualify for a disability freeze, you must be insured by SSDI, file for disability within 12 months of the end of your disability, and be disabled or blind as defined by the SSA.

At the Hankey Law Office, we assist individuals in Indiana that are applying or having trouble applying for disability benefits. Our attorneys may be able to help guide you through the SSA’s complex process and file expediently. Find out how we may be of your help by calling (800) 520-3633.