New Video FAQ: What is a Functional Capability Assessment?

In a new video FAQ, attorney Sondra Burger discusses what a Functional Capability Assessment is and how it can affect your claim. If you or a loved one has been wrongly denied disability benefits or if you are filing a claim for the first time, contact the experienced disability attorneys of Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565 today.


New Video FAQ: “I’ve been in a personal injury accident, what do I do now?”

 

Watch attorney Jim DuBach detail the steps you should take if you have been involved in an accident. If you have been hurt in an accident caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person, contact the attorneys of the Hankey Law Office today at (317) 634-8565.


Video FAQ: Elevator Injuries

Hankey Law Office attorney Melissa Davidson discusses elevator injuries in a video FAQ. Watch the video here or contact us if you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator accident.


New Video FAQ: “What should I do if I have been injured on someone else’s property?”

In a new video FAQ, attorney Jim DuBach of Hankey Law Office discusses the steps you should take if you have been injured on someone else’s property. For more information, watch the video here or contact us at (317) 634-8565.


New Video FAQ: “What should I do if I have been bitten by a dog?”

In a new video FAQ, Hankey Law Office attorney Jim DuBach discusses common misconceptions about dog bite lawsuits and the steps you should take if you have been bitten by a dog. For many years, Jim and the attorneys of the Hankey Law Office have successfully represented individuals who have suffered dog bite injuries, and they are prepared to help you if you have been hurt by a pet owner’s negligence. Watch the FAQ below, or contact us at (317) 634-8565to discuss your case.


New Video FAQ: “What should I do if I’ve been involved in a car accident?”

In a new video FAQ released by Hankey Law Office, attorney Megan Cain discusses four essential tips that every driver should know and follow if they’ve been involved in a car accident. Watch the video below and visit our video FAQs page to learn more about this topic and many more. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to Megan or any of the experienced attorneys at our firm for help. Contact us at (317) 634-8565 today.


New Video FAQ: Am I Eligible for Temporary Total Disability Benefits?

Hankey Law Office attorney Stacy Crider discusses the eligibility requirements for Temporary Total Disability Benefits in a new video FAQ. Stay tuned to our video FAQ page, YouTube channel, or this blog for more information about the topics that matter to you most. If you have a question or a disability claim, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Indiana disability attorney at (317) 634-8565.


New Video FAQ: “What Should I Do After A Bicycle Accident?”

Managing partner Charles Hankey discusses the steps you should take if you have been injured in a bicycle accident. Our experienced attorneys are prepared to help you if you have been hurt in an accident involving a bicycle and a car or truck, so make sure to call us to discuss your legal options. Watch the video here, and contact us at (317) 634-8565 if you need assistance. 


An emergence of vehicle technology means product defects may be on the rise

On Thursday, November 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana two people were killed after a driver lost control of their 2015 Tesla Model S and crashed into a tree. However, it was not the crash that caught rescuers off guard; it was the electric car’s lithium-ion battery, which exploded like a firework following the impact.  According to Indianapolis Star reports, the crash scene was spread over 150 yards, with firefighters attending to multiple fires caused by the lithium-ion battery fragments.

Details are still unknown as to what caused the horrific crash, but the fiery impact raises an important awareness of heightening product defect claims. Defects, particularly in vehicles, can come in all shapes and sizes. And as new technology begins to unfold—active cruise control, lane assist, auto driver—the list of potential vehicle defects will likely continue to rise. Some of the most common defects include defective seat backs, fuel-fed fires, and defective tires.

A seat back fails when it allows the occupant’s torso to move backward toward the rear seat. This can cause significant injury to the seat occupant. Usually the failure is due to a weakly made seat back or a defective recliner mechanism. As for fuel systems, significant system improvements have been made, but there are still potential errors that can occur. For example, some automakers may place fuel tanks in positions where they can be crushed or compromised in a collision, or they fail to properly protect the fuel tank from puncture damage. These types of errors can turn minor crashes into deadly situations.

If an auto defect is responsible how do consumers and advocates begin to compile the info they need for a case? As it turns out, ingenuity and luck may have much to do with it. In 2000, Congress passed the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act. TREAD requires automakers to report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) any claims they received that attribute serious injuries and deaths to auto defects. But in 2014, a New York Times investigation revealed that NHTSA had not required automakers to make full disclosures when they conducted death inquiries. It also allowed manufacturers to omit important information by making the following question optional on reports: “What may have caused the accident?” In the Times report, there were only four cases in which a manufacturer responded to the question, and none in which a defect in the vehicle was identified. So poor reporting compliance creates a significant hurdle to investigating whether or not a vehicle defect really did exist and how to prove it.

Although difficult, product defect cases are not impossible. There are numerous investigation techniques early on that can help you prove your product defect case:

  • Do a thorough inspection of the vehicle and the crash site
  • Collect the vehicle’s black box data
  • Identify the vehicle’s pre-accident condition
  • Find an experienced expert who can help you understand why and how the vehicle was flawed

Tesla Motors said in a statement on Friday that they are working with authorities in Indianapolis to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash. The car couldn’t transmit data to the company’s servers because of the amount of damage from the collision and resulting fire. They do not believe the Autopilot feature caused the crash, however. “Had Autopilot been engaged it would have limited the vehicle’s speed to less than 35 mph on this street, which is inconsistent with witness statements and the damage sustained,” the company said.

 


Usual uses of “Benefit Verification Letter” issued to SSDI beneficiaries

Individuals who have been receiving any Social Security benefits, like disability insurance (SSDI), may consider requesting a “benefit verification letter” by visiting the agency’s official website. A benefit verification letter can be used as evidence for the following:

  • For loan or mortgage application
  • For those who want to receive other benefits offered by the government, like assisted housing
  • Proof of age
  • Proof of retirement or disability status
  • Proof that you are currently covered by Medicare insurance

Individuals should note that they may request a benefit verification letter even their Social Security benefits are not given to them and their claims are currently being processed. Individuals could also filter the information that they want to include in the letter. If you want to know more information or have any concerns with your SSDI benefits in Indiana, get in touch with a skilled attorney of the Hankey Law Office today by calling (800) 520-3633.


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