SSDI overpayments may have affected health of program

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at 8:51 am    

A decade-long report conducted by the inspector general of the Social Security Administration estimated that there have been frequent and widespread overpayments of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, according to Federal News Radio on June 7.

The study estimated that approximately $17 billion were wrongfully released to individuals who were no longer qualified to receive benefits for various reasons. For instance, beneficiaries would no longer qualify if they died, were imprisoned, began earning an income high enough to no longer qualify, among other reasons. This report comes as Congress is attempting to find a solution to fortify the disability fund, as it is predicted to run out by 2016.

The attorneys at the Hankey Law Office know that many Indiana residents are disabled and need SSDI to provide support. As the program works to fight fraud, it may help to have an experienced legal team by your side, advocating on behalf of your need. Find out how we may work for you today by calling (800) 520-3633.

Adults eligible for SSDI “child” benefits

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 at 11:40 am    

In certain situations, adults may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for children, given that they have been disabled before reaching the age of 22.

Disabled adults should qualify for the following criteria in order to receive SSDI benefits:

  • Their parents are either receiving SSDI or retirement benefits.
  • They have parents who have died but contributed enough to qualify for Social Security benefits before they passed.

Understanding Social Security disability can be complicated, and wading through the legalities of the application process is particularly difficult to do on your own. To discuss whether you are eligible for disability benefits or to begin applying for benefits, contact the lawyers of the Hankey Law Office. Call our offices in Indiana today at (800) 520-3633 to learn how our skilled legal team may help you complete a thorough, accurate application in pursuit of the disability benefits you need for support.

SSDI benefits from a former spouse

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 3:34 pm    

If you and your spouse have divorced, resulting in the loss of his or her Social Security disability benefits, it is worth considering applying for SSDI benefits from your ex-spouse’s record. You may possibly get SSDI benefits from a former spouse under the following conditions:

  • Before the divorce, you and your former spouse were married for at least 10 years.
  • Even if you remarry, you may still get SSDI from your former spouse if your relationship with a recent spouse has ended through divorce, annulment, or death.

People who apply for SSDI benefits from their former spouse’ records should remember that the benefits that they may possibly get could be affected by any other benefits they receive, and their ex-spouse is also entitled to do the same thing.

The Indiana lawyers at the Hankey Law Office work for disabled people applying for SSDI benefits. If you are in such a situation, we may work on your behalf to create a thorough application. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your options.

SSDI benefits given to eligible children

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at 2:30 pm    

Children of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients, whether biological, adopted, step children or dependent grandchildren, may also qualify to receive benefits given that they fulfill certain required criteria, including:

  • Children of SSDI recipients should be single, meaning they are not married.
  • Children must be below 18 years of age, or
  • Any child who acquired a disability before the age of 22.
  • Full time students of SSDI recipients aged 18 to 19 that are below grade 12.

Every eligible child of SSDI beneficiaries is entitled to receive up to ½ of the full payment amount every month.

If you want to know more information about SSDI or how a lawyer may help you in applying or appealing for your benefits in Indiana, get in touch with the attorneys at the Hankey Law Office. Find out how we may help you seek the benefits you need today by calling our offices at (800) 520-3633.

Hankey Law Office Hosts 5k/10k Benefitting KEY Consumer Organization

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 11:21 am    

Hankey Law Office is proud to host their first Stop Out the Stigma 5k/10k race, benefitting KEY Consumer Organization. This non-profit organization is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals with psychiatric disorders, as well as educating the public and raising awareness about these disorders. Learn more about the race, including how you can participate or volunteer, by clicking the links below:
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Information on SSDI payments given to beneficiaries

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 2:41 pm    

Disabled Indiana individuals who are planning to apply or appeal for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits should understand how payments are given in order to maximize their resources while coping with disabilities.

  • SSDI benefit should start at the time the SSA proves an individual’s disability.
  • SSDI payments are given every month, depending on the recipient’s birth date.
  • SSDI payments are either deposited onto a debit card issued by the SSA or to the recipient’s personal bank account.
  • SSDI payments will end once the disability of an individual has ended.
  • SSDI payment may be distributed for a person’s entire life if he or she suffers from a “permanent disability.”

The SSA periodically verifies an individual’s disability to make sure that they are still entitled to receive SSDI benefits. SSDI benefits may also be affected if a recipient is simultaneously receiving other benefits.

The Indiana lawyers at the Hankey Law Office help people apply or appeal for their SSDI benefits. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to learn how our experienced attorneys may work diligently on your behalf for the benefits you need.

U.S. lawmakers are committed to solving the Social Security problem

Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 3:45 pm    

One California lawmaker believes that both the Democrat and Republican parties are committed to saving the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program from running out of funds in the near future, the Fiscal Times reported on February 26.

According to Representative Xavier Becerra, both parties want to make sure that benefits are given to Americans who have contributed to the program. Though Rep. Becerra favored replenishing SSDI through the Old Age Survivors Insurance (OASI) program to prevent benefit cuts, Republicans do not want this to happen unless additional measures are taken to improve the program. Under President Obama’s plan, reallocation of funds from OASI to SSDI would sustain both programs until year 2033. A senior adviser of a federal budget watchdog group said the issue of looming depletion should compel the Social Security to reform the programs.

Applying or appealing for SSDI benefits can be confusing and tedious. However, if you are in Indiana, an attorney from the Hankey Law Firm may help you through this process. Learn more by calling our offices at (800) 520-3633 today.

Workers’ comp reforms limit benefits to injured workers

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 10:44 am    

An investigation conducted by NPR and ProPublica has found that injured workers are frequently suffering from extremely limited workers’ compensation benefits, and subsequent financial hardship and devastation, as more and more states undergo drastic changes to their workers’ compensation systems.

In some cases, injured workers have been forced to wait months, if not years, on insurance companies in order to get the surgeries and medical treatment they need. Read more about this important investigation by clicking here.

Thousands of SSDI beneficiaries in Florida threatened by benefit cuts

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 1:40 pm    

Thousands of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients in Flagler and Volusia counties in Florida feel threatened by a looming disability benefits cut, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported on February 22.

Disabled Port Orange resident Suzanne Traficante, 57, said having her SSDI benefits reduced would have a huge effect on her life. Traficante is currently suffering from several ailments, all of which followed her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2000. Traficante, who is currently taking various medicines everyday, uses her monthly SSDI benefits to augment her husband’s salary. According to the SSA, from 2009 to 2013 SSDI beneficiaries in Flagler and Volusia have increased by an estimated 16 percent. Traficante is one of the nearly 11 million SSDI beneficiaries nationwide whose benefits are threatened if lawmakers fail to prevent SSDI from exhausting. The Obama administration wants to salvage the SSDI program by acquiring funds from the Old Age and Survivors Insurance program, as other administrations have done in the past. The Republican Congress, however, has blocked that ability without additional reforms to the program.

The Indiana lawyers at the Hankey Law Firm help disabled individuals in applying for or appealing their SSDI benefits. Our lawyers understand how hard it is to apply for disability benefits, especially as the future of the program is in flux. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may help you get your much needed benefits.

Attorney Ashley Marks named a Super Lawyers Rising Star

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 3:50 pm    

The Hankey Law Office is excited to announce that attorney Ashley Marks has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star. This prestigious honor is awarded to no more than 2.5% of lawyers per state after a patented multiphase selection process. Attorneys are selected based on independent research by Super Lawyers, as well as evaluations and nominations by peers. Rising Star attorneys must have been in practice for no more than ten years, or be 40-years-old or younger. Our entire legal team is proud that Ashley Marks has been added to the elite group of Rising Star honorees.

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