Congressman calls for investigation, not cost cutting, of SSDI program

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 9:42 am    

A U.S. congressman disagrees with the way in which Republicans are attempting to address fraud in the Social Security disability system, according to the Duluth News Tribune on January 14.

Congress recently approved a rule that would prohibit the transfer of funds from retirement to disability, although this has been a regular practice for decades when either fund threatens to deplete. Now, disability remains at risk of depleting by 2016, which will result in critical cuts in benefits to disabled Americans. In a recent phone interview, Representative Rick Nolan said that instead of slashing disability benefits, the SSDI program could be fixed by removing undeserving beneficiaries of the program. Nolan calls for greater investigation into the system rather than inventing a crisis that will truly endanger those who depend on disability benefits.

The lawyers of the Hankey Law Office know that many disabled people are qualified to receive SSDI benefits in Indiana. Although Congress may squabble over legislation, our lawyers have experience pursuing successful claims, and we may be able to work on your behalf. Contact us today at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your options.

SSDI benefits may be reduced by a fifth

Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2015 at 1:33 pm    

Millions of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients may have their benefits reduced by an estimated one fifth if legislators do not act, the Washington Post reported on January 7.

A parliamentary rule adopted by the House on January 6 prevented the transference of funds to SSDI from the retirement program. Though the retirement program has sufficient funds, some legislators say that this will not address the underlying problem. The new rule will force the Congress to debate next year on how to save SSDI. Representative Sam Johnson (R-Texas) said that new rule can be changed if it is determined to be crucial to fund SSDI through the retirement program.

As SSDI is becoming scarce, working with a lawyer when applying for your disability benefits is important to help you strengthen your claim. If you are in Indiana, the lawyers of the Hankey Law Office may legally assist you in your application or appeal process. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may work for you.

Report: disability judges erroneously approve appeal cases

Posted on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 at 8:45 am    

A recent report revealed that many Social Security judges easily approve disability appeals, costing the program billions of dollars, The Washington Times reported on December 18.

In the report released by House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrel Issa (Calif.-R) both the SSDI and SSI programs are nearing exhaustion, unhelped by administration judges who easily approve claims. Rep. Issa reportedly is concerned that judges easily approve denied claims to compensate backlogs as fast as they can, and the agency is too lax to admonish them. People who deserve to get benefits are at risk due to the rapidly approaching disability fund expiration in 2016.

In Indiana alone, the lawyers of the Hankey Law Office believe that many people deserve to get their disability benefits. If you are planning to file or appeal for your benefits, our lawyers may possibly assist you in the application process. Find out how we can work for you today by calling (800) 520-3633.

SSDI shortage expected before 2016 ends

Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 2:50 pm    

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits shortage is expected to be felt before the year 2016 ends, an article on The Buffalo News reported December 8.

Millions of SSDI beneficiaries in the U.S. may have their benefits reduced by 20 percent if Congress fails to prevent the disability funds’ near exhaustion, Representative Tom Reed (R-Corning) stated. Reed reportedly wants to push legislation through Congress to resolve the financial obstacles of Social Security system in order to save the disability program. However, Rep. Reed is skeptical of an earlier suggestion by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to save the disability program by transferring funds from the retirement program. He, among others, are working to first eliminate fraudulent claims in order to begin rectifying this situation.

If you are disabled in Indiana, working with an efficient attorney is important for the best chance at securing your benefits, whether you are in the process of applying for, appealing, or defending your current claim. Find out how the Indiana attorneys of the Hankey Law Office may assist you in your SSDI filing today by calling (800) 520-3633.

Financial benefits that may affect SSDI

Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 10:28 am    

People who are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may have their benefits decreased under the following circumstances:

• SSDI beneficiaries who also get workers’ compensation or some other disability benefits.
• SSDI beneficiaries who are getting pension from an employer that do not deduct Social Security taxes from their salaries.
• SSDI benefits given to widow/widower or spouse are reduced if people get pension benefits from their federal employers that do not deduct Social Security taxes from their salary.

Understanding the above information is important when you are planning to file for your SSDI benefits. However, without a lawyer’s help, understanding the Social Security can be difficult, especially if your circumstances are complicated. Fortunately, an experienced attorney at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana may be able to work on your behalf for the funds you believe you need. Call our offices at (800) 520-3633 today to learn how we may work on your behalf.

SSDI judges facing tough scrutiny in new report

Posted on Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 8:23 am    

Some Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) judges are allegedly approving many disability cases without sufficient logical basis, an article of the Wall Street Journal reported on November 14.
According to a SSA inspector general report expected to be released this week, the bulk of SSDI cases of the 275 studied cases had problems in processing. The report revealed that only 31 cases underwent “proper processing” and some of the cases should have been denied. At least 44 SSA disability judges were found to be deciding cases hastily, awarding disability benefits to an unusually high number of cases. The report findings were used to determine that SSDI benefits were awarded to estimated 24,900 cases that resulted in nearly $2 billion in paid benefits.
Applying for SSDI benefits can be frustrating, especially when disability judges are being criticized by the SSA. However, if you are applying or appealing for your disability benefits in Indiana, the lawyers of Hankey Law Office may legally assist you. Find out how we could help you get your much needed benefits today by calling (800) 520-3633.

Benefits of SSDI online application process

Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 12:31 pm    

Individuals who are planning to apply for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits due to debilitating physical or psychological illnesses may consider the benefits of filing their application online.

• Individuals may conveniently file their application using any computer at home.
• Individuals who file their SSDI application online may not need to visit Social Security office, which could be critical for disabled applicants who have difficulty walking.
• Individuals who apply online have the flexibility to make corrections before they finally submit their application.
• Disabled U.S. citizens who are out of the country can also apply for their SSDI benefits online.

Filing for your SSDI benefits online can be difficult if you do not fully understand the often complicated nuances of the process. Work with an experienced attorney in Indiana who will make sure your application ins error-free and as complete as possible. Call the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 today to get started.

SSDI application a struggle without an attorney

Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 3:21 pm    

An October 20 article on AL.com stated that without a lawyer’s help, it is difficult and confusing to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

The article specifically refers to Alabama residents, many of whom must wait years to have their case decided on by a judge. One example was former nurse Linda Bowen who developed pancreatitis. She began receiving her benefits four years after initially filing, which she was only able to do with the help of a lawyer hired by her former employer. Linda’s husband Matthew filed his SSDI application last year and will have to wait until the end of 2015 before his claim gets heard. Disabled Alabama individuals are seeing the advantage of seeking a lawyer’s help in the SSDI filing process.

The Social Security disability process is confusing all over the country – not just in Alabama. If you are disabled and need benefits in Indiana, the attorneys at Hankey Law Office may legally assist you in the SSDI filing process. Tell us your situation today by calling (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your options.

Common errors in applying SSDI benefits

Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 2:12 pm    

Many Americans filing for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are denied every year due to errors they commit in the application and verification process. Being aware and avoiding these errors can get you approved for your much needed benefits sooner. Common mistakes to check before filing include:

  • Continuing work while applying
  • Applying before being officially diagnosed by a medical professional
  • Insufficient documentation of health condition proving their disability

Avoiding these common mistakes in the course of SSDI application process may increase your eligibility for compensation to support you and your family in the event of a disability. However, approaching this process alone can still be intimidating. If you are considering filing for disability benefits in Indiana, the lawyers at the Hankey Law Office may legally assist you. Find out how our lawyers may help you strengthen your disability claim today by calling (800) 520-3633.

Megabus crash on I-65 injures 35 and calls into question the common carrier’s standard of care

Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 9:59 am    

Indianapolis, IN October 14, 2014: According to the Greenwood Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Harrell, 48 passengers were on board a double-decker Megabus bound for Chicago when it crashed at 4:30 a.m. on I-65 just south of the Greenwood exit.

Authorities indicate the Megabus driver was swerving to avoid an earlier collision when the accident happened. Sgt. Shawn O’Keefe, with the Indiana State Police, said “the [bus] driver apparently didn’t see it because of the rain or something and swerved to avoid it [going over the median].”

35 patients are being treated at Eskenazi and six people are in stable condition at IU Health Methodist Hospital. The bus was traveling from Atlanta and made stops in Chattanooga and Nashville. It was on its way to Indianapolis and the final destination was Chicago.

“Common carrier” vehicle accidents are becoming more prevalent in recent years. Common carrier refers to a business or entity that is responsible for transporting passengers, goods, and services from one location to another. According to Charles Hankey, injury attorney in Indianapolis, “common carriers owe a heightened duty of care to passengers. This means they must exercise a high level of care and exhibit caution when transporting passengers.”

“Our hearts go out to the injured victims,” said Hankey. “We are reminded of how important it is to adhere to safety standards in order to prevent these kinds of tragedies. We are wishing all involved a safe recovery.”

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