Social media accounts considered in disability application process

Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 10:23 am    

On Tuesday, April 8 legislators suggested that the Social Security Administration (SSA) check social media profiles of social security disability applicants.

According to Representative, James Lankford and Representative, Jackie Speier, SSA personnel should cross-check the information made available on social media sites with information provided in disability applications. Legislators hope that this method will help to prevent disability fraud.

The Social Security Administration is hesitant to screen social media platforms until more training is made available in order to fairly evaluate the information presented on social media platforms.

The lawyers at the Hankey Law Office represent people in Indiana who are in need of social security benefits. Seeking the help of an attorney could expedite the, sometimes lengthy, application process. Call our offices at (800) 520-3633 to speak with an attorney about your situation today. 

 

Attorney Melissa Davidson encourages SSD applicants to see doctor

Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2014 at 3:41 pm    

In an article recently published on the Hankey Law Office’s site, attorney Melissa A. Davidson encouraged anyone dealing with a disability and hoping to receive Social Security disability benefits to see a medical professional.

According to Davidson’s must know info, any applicant wishing to obtain Social Security disability benefits is required to have their condition confirmed by a doctor who utilizes tests and other applicable means to provide medical proof of the disability. To learn more about what Davidson had to say about disabilities and the SSD process, read the full article here.

The legal team at the Hankey Law Office strives to help people in Indiana get the disability benefits they need and deserve. Thus, if you are disabled and seeking financial help, call us at (800) 520-3633 and find out how we may be able to help you.

Must know info about the Social Security Federal claims process

Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 11:50 am    

Kirsten E. Wold, an attorney at the Hankey Law Office, recently wrote and published “Federal Court 101 – What you need to know before filing your claim in Federal Court,” explaining the Social Security disability claims process and what it takes to bring your claim to the federal level.

In the article, Wold gives an overview of the process that would lead to possibly needing to file a claim with a Federal Court. She then discusses important information people who are considering this process or about to go through it should know.

Click here to read the valuable information included in this article.

At the Hankey Law Office, our legal team is dedicated to helping clients in Indiana get the disability benefits they need and often deserve. To talk with us about the claims process and how we can help, call (800) 520-3633.

Newly assembled group to help detect SSA fraud

Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 12:10 pm    

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is assembling a group of fraud detection experts who will form a database intended to detect scams.

SSA Acting Commissioner, Carolyn Colvin said the SSA is forming a fraud detection base in New York City. The group will examine previous social security scams, the results will be used to guard against future schemes. The database, as it develops, will be used to study trends. The SSA will then utilize the system nationwide to help give accurate decisions and award social security benefits to applicants.

Sadly many qualified disability insurance applicants are being denied of their benefits due to the heavy screening of the SSA in the application process. If you are living in Indiana, the attorneys at the Hankey Law Office may be able to assist you and expedite the filing process. Call (800) 520-3633 today to discuss your legal options.

Attorney Melissa Davidson tells you what questions to ask when looking for an SSD lawyer

Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014 at 4:05 pm    

Lawyer Melissa Davidson, a member of the legal team at the Hankey Law Office, recently shared the must know article “Questions to Ask When Looking for a Social Security Disability Attorney.” The article addresses a number of questions that people find themselves with when filing a Social Security disability claim. Additionally, it addresses several concerns claimants have both before and during the claim process, and how to avoid making some common – and critical – errors when filing your disability claim.

To read the article in-depth, click here.

If you are in need of Social Security disability benefits and live in Indiana, get in touch with the team at the Hankey Law Office. Our attorneys have years of experience handling such claims, making us particularly adept at getting clients the benefits they need. You can reach us at (800) 520-3633 to discuss your claim.

The Family Medical Leave Act

Posted on Thursday, March 20th, 2014 at 8:06 am    

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted to help working individuals deal with the stress and difficulty of balancing work and family life when health problems arise. Under the FMLA, qualified employees can take up to 12 weeks per year of job-protected leave for the following reasons:

  • 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 himself 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.

One common misconception is how FMLA time must be used. It does not have to be used all at once. The 12 weeks of FMLA leave may be taken intermittently, in increments of minutes, hours, days, or weeks. For example, if someone has a major surgery, he/she might require all 12 weeks to be used at once. If someone suffers from migraines, he/she might only have to use 2 days per month. If you believe you may need to request FMLA leave, you should promptly contact your employer and provide the necessary information.

Sadly, many employers fail to treat their employees properly when they apply for or take FMLA leave. For example, many employers discipline employees for missing time that should be covered under FMLA leave. From unfairly disciplining an employee, to firing him/her, our lawyers at the Hankey Law Office are prepared to help anyone in Indiana who has been mistreated by their employer regarding use of FMLA leave.

SSA suggests stricter rules on disability appeals

Posted on Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 2:54 pm    

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is proposing to impose tighter rules for Social Security disability insurance applicants, an article from the Wall Street Journal stated on March 6.

According to the report, under the proposed rules of the SSA, applicants will be required to include all of their medical information to the agency, whether it seems advantageous to them or not. The agency stated that some people purposely do not provide medical information that could reduce their chance of having a claim approve.

In order to avoid challenges stemming from client-attorney privilege, the agency has stated that it will be the applicant’s responsibility to provide all relevant paperwork.

As the SSA proposes to implement stricter rules for claimants seeking disability insurance, it is important to seek a lawyer who has experience in the filing process. Speak with a lawyer at the Hankey Law Office if you live in Indiana and need help getting the disability benefits you are seeking by calling 317-634-8565.         

Social Security to offer expedited applications for veterans

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.              

Police make more arrests in NYC SSD fraud scheme

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.

 

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits

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.