How does the SSA decide if a person is disabled?

Disabled people who decide to file for their benefits should know how the Social Security Administration (SSA) will determine if they are eligible to receive disability payments. The decision process is strict and usually based on the following applicant information gathered from medical professionals.

  • When did the patient start to suffer from a disabling condition?
  • What are the serious illnesses or disabilities of the patient?
  • Is the patient’s lifestyle negatively affected by their disability?
  • What are the treatment or medical procedures the patient has undergone to address their disability?
  • What are the test results of the patient regarding their disability?

The SSA may also ask doctors about basic information regarding the SSDI applicants to determine if they can still do any work that could earn them income. The SSA may also request other supporting documents to fully determine if an applicant is indeed disabled.

If you can no longer work due to your disability, enlisting an attorney’s help is critical, especially because the SSA is strict about screening SSDI applicants. Speak with an attorney at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana today by calling (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may work on your behalf.


Eight injured in multiple pileup involving semi-trailer truck

A recent vehicular pileup in Monroe County, Indiana resulted to eight persons sustaining injuries, an article of wishtv.com reported on September 2.

Reports revealed that seven vehicles, including a semi-truck, were involved in the accident on the north lane of State Road 37. The initial collision was reportedly caused by the semi-truck, which struck one vehicle, lost control, and hit an additional five other vehicles. Though reports confirmed that eight persons were injured, only two were only taken to a hospital. A blood sample was voluntarily drawn from the semi truck driver to find out if intoxication was a factor in the crash. The multiple pileups resulted in the temporary closure of State Road 37 as crews remove accident debris on the road.

In the tough situation that you were involved in a truck accident, working with a skilled personal injury attorney is important if you are seeking financial assistance for your recovery. Get in touch with an Indiana attorney of the Hankey Law Office today by calling (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your legal options.


Information needed in filing for SSDI benefits

The Social Security Administration has a disability program (SSDI) aimed to provide assistance for individuals who can no longer work and have made their contributions to the program before they become disabled. However, disabled individuals should know that they will need to provide information about themselves upon filing for their benefits.

  • Personal information including complete name updated home address and phone numbers
  • Names of doctors including their complete contact numbers
  • Medical documents provided by physicians, hospitals and other medical practitioners
  • Employment history
  • Recent copy of tax documents

SSDI applicants should know that aside from the above requirements, the SSA will require them to fill out forms. The SSA will also coordinate with the doctors and hospitals who have provided treatment to the applicant for them to get a clear picture of the person’s disability.

When you have decided to file for your SSDI benefits, getting help from a knowledgeable attorney is a viable option mostly if you are not familiar with the process. Find out how an Indiana attorney of the Hankey Law Office may help you in the filing process today by calling (800) 520-3633.


The right to appeal SSDI benefits

Disabled individuals in Indiana who have applied for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may find themselves frustrated if their claim is rejected. However, those who are denied their benefits have the right to file an appeal if they believe that they deserve to receive benefits. Individuals who have decided to appeal for their benefits should note that the appeals process can have up to four stages:

  • Reconsideration stage
  • Hearing stage
  • Appeals Council review stage
  • Federal court stage

Disabled individuals who are notified that their SSDI claims were denied are given 60 days to request an appeal. Failing to do so will result in the conclusion of their case. However, the Social Security Administration may allow people to appeal their claims if they have valid reasons for not filing an appeal immediately.

If you are denied of your SSDI benefits, seeking legal help is important, especially if you decide to fight for your disability benefits through the complicated appeals process. Speak with an Indiana attorney at the Hankey Law Office today by calling (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your options.


Contaminated food products recalled after over 200 suffer illness

In connection with a federal investigation, a food company issued a voluntary recall to their products after 206 persons were sickened by hepatitis A after consuming raw scallops, an article of CNN reported on August 22.

Reports said the Health Department in Hawaii is being assisted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with their investigation after hundreds of persons suffered from the illness that could be fatal in people with compromised immune systems. Recalling company Sea Port Products Corp reportedly was responsible for supplying scallops to restaurants in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. The recall was announced after investigators found out that the food was confirmed to have hepatitis A. In the total of the persons who have complaints of illnesses, 56 of them were forced to seek medical attention. Consumers were advised to identify the source of the scallops first before consuming it.

The personal injury attorneys of the Hankey Law Office understand that in Indiana alone, many people suffer from hefty financial loss after consuming contaminated food products. However, if this happens to you, we may work on your behalf. Find out how we may possibly help you get compensations you need for recovery by calling (800) 520-3633.


Family members who can receive disability benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries should know that some of their family members may also qualify to receive benefits from the program. Below are the family members who may be eligible for SSDI benefits.

  • Spouse whose age is 62 years old or older
  • SSDI beneficiary’s spouse, regardless of age, who is taking care of the beneficiary’s child 16 or below, or a child with a disability
  • Beneficiary’s child who is below 18 years of age and unmarried, or who has a disability
  • Beneficiary’s adopted child or stepchild who is under 18 years of age and unmarried, or who has a disability
  • Beneficiary’s child who is already 19 years old but still studying in high school

SSDI beneficiaries should understand that even after 18 years old their child may still qualify for benefits if they become disabled before reaching the age of 22.

Understanding your SSDI benefits is important for you to maximize the program to better sustain the needs of your loved ones. However, if you want to know if your family member is eligible for benefits in Indiana, speak with a Hankey Law Office attorney today by calling (800) 520-3633.


3 injured in Henry County 5-vehicle accident involving 4 semi-trucks

At least three people sustained injuries in Henry County after four semi-trucks and a pickup truck collided with one another, an article of wishtv.com reported on July 31.

According to reports, at about 1:30 p.m. emergency crews responded to a five-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of Interstate 70. Information coming from Indiana authorities revealed that a semi-truck was struck from behind by another semi, which was travelling too fast in the right lane. The semi struck from behind hit another semi, which hit another semi, which hit a pickup truck. Two of the drivers were not injured from the chain reaction crash.

If you sustained injuries in a truck accident, working with a qualified legal team is a critical step in recovering compensation for your injuries. Find out how the attorneys at Hankey Law Office in Indiana may be able to help you hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions today by calling (800) 520-3633.


Understanding “Compassionate Allowances”

Under the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may decide to immediately release the disability benefits (SSDI) of a recipient. The program is designed to expedite the SSDI application process for those who are obviously disabled.

Rather than taking months or years for a person to receive his or her benefits, it may only take weeks if a person’s condition is within the scope of CAL. Individuals applying for their disability benefits file the claim as usual and the SSA chooses whether to expedite their claim based on certain requirements. Individuals may qualify for CAL if their disability prevents them from doing the jobs they used to do, or prevents them from doing any other jobs. The time it takes to process individuals under CAL may vary depending on the supporting documents submitted by the person.

The attorneys at Hankey Law Office help Indiana families whose loved ones are applying for or appealing their SSDI benefits. We strongly believe that disabled individuals should receive the benefits necessary to continue their medication. If you need help qualifying for SSDI benefits, call us at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your options.


Millions of Clorox products with faulty childproof caps recalled

An estimated 5.4 million bottles of liquid clog removers from The Clorox Company are being recalled because of their potentially faulty caps, a July 14 article of cpsc.gov reported.

According to reports, the 17 oz bottles of Liquid Plumr Pro-Strength Foaming Clog Fighter, Pro-Strength Urgent Clear, and Industrial Strength Urgent Clear may have faulty child-resistant caps. The bottles contain strong chemical solutions that can cause irritation, burn injuries, and other serious injuries if children remove its red cap cover. The Poison Prevention Packaging Act requires products to have child-resistant covers or packaging if they contain sodium hydroxide. The Clorox Company was notified of 221 incidents of leaking bottles and eight faulty cover reports. Clorox does not know of any injuries involving the recalled products. Consumers were told to keep products away from children’s reach and notify Clorox for a refund.

The attorneys at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana understand that many families are left with a great financial loss when their children sustain injuries in accidents. If you were the victim of a recalled product, we may be able to help you receive compensation. Call our office today at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your options.


Understanding Social Security video teleconferencing

Disabled individuals in Indiana who are summoned by a Social Security judge may consider video teleconferencing (VTC), especially if it is highly inconvenient for them to appear in court due to their condition.

Like typical hearings, VTC enables individuals to clearly see and hear other participants through colored screen monitors. Individuals using VTC can actually see and interact with the judge and other hearing participants. VTC is a convenient way for individuals to present themselves in a hearing without going to a physical court. Individuals should note that VTC is highly secured and the Social Security Administration (SSA) only records conversations, not video footage. 

If you want more information regarding Social Security benefits, including how to file for disability benefits in Indiana, get in touch with an attorney at the Hankey Law Office. Find out how we may legally assist you in your application or appeal today by calling (800) 520-3633.


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