Senator urged progressives to improve Social Security

Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 11:12 am    

A senator recently gave a speech to a nonprofit group in Washington urging progressives to improve Social Security to help Americans who are in need–not reduce it for budget reasons, an article by the Columbus Dispatch stated on July 9.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in a speech told the Center for American Progress that politicians should be discussing Social Security as a means to promote retirement security instead of debating to offset government funds by reducing the agency’s budget. Brown last year proposed to increase Social Security benefits and to increase the Social Security taxes of upper-class citizens. Nearly 58 million citizens depend on the retirement benefits and 9 million on the disability benefits managed by the agency.

The attorneys of the Hankey Law Office work for disabled individuals in Indiana who wish to file for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. The application process for benefits can be complicated, but you do not have to face this situation alone. Call our offices today at (800) 520-3633 to learn about how we can help.

SSA closes offices as applications increase

Posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 1:54 pm    

A Social Security Administration (SSA) official explained to Congress that the agency has closed down many field offices due to past budget cuts, although retirees and disability applications continue to grow, ABC News reported on June 18.

Though the SSA encouraged people to file their applications online, lawmakers criticized the agency, saying many applicants are uncomfortable utilizing the internet and wish to speak to officials in person. According to Nancy Berryhill, the agency compensated for budget cuts by closing some of their offices. SSA is one of the government agencies that has suffered from regular budget cuts. At least 64 SSA offices were closed by the agency in the last four years and more than 500 mobile offices in secluded areas were also closed. The office shutdown resulted in millions of applicants waiting longer for an appointment.

Although the SSA has closed some of its locations, an experienced attorney can help you complete your application correctly and begin the process of applying for benefits. Find out how the Indiana-based lawyers at the Hankey Law Office may work for you today by calling (800) 520-3633.

Avoiding Accidents with Bicycles

Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at 2:56 pm    

There are a number of things that both car drivers and cyclists can do in order to avoid dangerous and damaging collisions between cars and bicycles. Learn more about some of these important safety tips by clicking here.

Tips for Meeting with Your Doctor

Posted on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 9:11 am    

There are a number of ways that you can take a more active role in your health care, and one of the easiest and most important is to fine tune the way that you communicate with your doctor. Click here for some quick tips on how you can improve communication with your doctor.

Committee criticizes disability judges for easily approving claims

Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 11:17 am    

The House Oversight Committee’s report revealed that almost 200 Social Security disability judges easily approve claims, an article by the ABC News stated on June 10.

According to the report, at least 191 administrative judges approved the vast majority of the claims they handled from 2005 to 2013. Though judges approved many claims, last year’s approval rate declined by 56 percent compared to the 72 percent recorded in 2005. The Social Security Administration only has an estimated 1,400 judges to decide on hundreds of thousands of pending cases. Social Security Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin stated that their backlogs tend to pile up due to budget cuts and the rigorous considerations involved in reviewing disability claims.

If a disability hinders you from working, you may be entitled to receive Social Security disability benefits to sustain your everyday expenses and medical treatments. The lawyers at Hankey Law Office work for disabled people in Indiana. Find out how we may assist you in the filing or appealing process today by calling (800) 520-3633.

Commission proposed to repair Social Security

Posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 3:00 pm    

A bipartisan commission formation was introduced by two House members to improve the future of Social Security, an article by the Washington Post stated on May 30.

In the proposal drafted by House members Tom Cole (R-OK) and John Delaney (D-MD), a Social Security Commission that will be manned by 13 members will be given a year to generate suggestions to revamp the program. Congress will then vote on the recommendations that will hopefully extend the longevity of social security benefits. The Social Security Disability Insurance program faces the most immediate threat, and it may run out of funds as early as 2016.

During this difficult time in which the threat to Social Security benefits is very real, it may be advantageous to enlist a lawyer’s help in the filing process. This is especially true if you are unfamiliar with the complicated procedures. Find out how the Indiana-based attorneys of Hankey Law Office may represent you today by calling (800) 520-3633

Understanding “disability freeze”

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 2:49 pm    

When an individual has no source of income or earns less for an extended period of time because of their disability, they may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

However, when someone’s income is much lower or nonexistent as a result of their disability, their future retirement and/or disability benefits could be at stake.

Fortunately, individuals may apply for “disability freeze” if their income has been affected by their disability. An individual may then assuredly be eligible for such future benefits.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), in order to qualify for a disability freeze, you must be insured by SSDI, file for disability within 12 months of the end of your disability, and be disabled or blind as defined by the SSA.

At the Hankey Law Office, we assist individuals in Indiana that are applying or having trouble applying for disability benefits. Our attorneys may be able to help guide you through the SSA’s complex process and file expediently. Find out how we may be of your help by calling (800) 520-3633.

Appealing Cases to Federal Court

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 10:14 am    

At the Hankey Law Office, we believe in doing everything possible to give our clients the best possible chance of securing a positive outcome for their claim, and in some instances, that means appealing a case all the way to Federal Court. Our attorneys are experienced with these cases and know what it takes to bring a claim in Federal Court. Learn more about this process by clicking here.

My Experience with the 4th Annual Columbus Indiana Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for Suicide Prevention

Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 2:20 pm    

By: Attorney, Stacy J. Crider

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On May 17th, my family and I participated in the 4th Annual Columbus Indiana Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for suicide prevention. We have participated each year and this event is very special to us. The organizer of the Columbus walk is Kisha Allman. Kisha and I grew up next door to each other and have been best friends since before we can remember. Kisha’s father, Johnnie Simpson, struggled with severe depression for several years before he lost his battle in 2008. He was a father of four, a grandfather of two, and loved by many.

Kisha felt she had to do something to make a difference, for her father’s memory, for her little brothers and sister, for her children, for herself and for others who are going through what her family and her father went through. She reached out to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and developed Columbus Indiana’s first Out of the Darkness Campus Walk. The money raised is used for forming support groups, training first responders on how to deal with individuals in crisis, support for people struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, research on depression and mental illness, and other programs to help bring awareness to this issue and hopefully help prevent future loss to suicide. This year, more than 300 walkers participated and over $12,000 raised and donations are still coming in as the deadline isn’t until June 30, 2014. We are still hopeful to reach our goal of $15,000 for this year. Over these four years, 800 people have participated and raised almost $60,000!

The event not only raises money for this cause, it also provides healing for the participants. Many have lost someone to suicide. The day of the walk there are tears, hugs, and far too many loved ones missed. I saw a mother and father who lost their son to suicide. He was a kind, funny, intelligent man. I graduated high school with him and he was my friend. He struggled with mental illness for many years and I am very sad to say, he lost his battle with Schizophrenia in 2011. His family’s shirts read, “Suicide does not end the chances of life getting worse. Suicide eliminates the possibility of it ever getting better.”

Kisha’s hope is that through things like this walk, there will be less stigma surrounding depression and suicide. Society should embrace and support people dealing with mental illness, the same as those dealing with physical illness. Even when things look their darkest, there is a way out. Suicide is never the answer.

If you or someone you love is having thoughts of suicide please reach out, there are many people who want to help. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

For more information on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or to find out about a walk in your community, please visit: http://www.afsp.org/
For more information on the Columbus Indiana Out of the Darkness Campus walk, please visit: http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2542

Former NYC fireman pleaded guilty to disability fund fraud

Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 2:37 pm    

An ex member of the New York City Fire Department recently pleaded guilty to fraudulently acquiring disability benefits, The Denver Post reported on May 12.

On May 9, retired NYC fireman John Colombi pleaded guilty on third degree grand larceny for his participation in raking in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) funds worth $295,000. Charges against Colombi, 46, were reportedly reduced after agreeing to a plea, New York Supreme Court papers stated. Though Colombi pleaded guilty to the charge filed against him, authorities were unsure if he was among the first respondents who claimed they were traumatized from the September 2001 terrorist attacks.

Filing for SSDI can be difficult due to dishonest people who may abuse the benefits that are used to help disabled people. However, hiring a lawyer to assist you may be beneficial, especially if you lack knowledge of the filing procedure. Find out how the Indiana-based lawyers at the Hankey Law Office may service you today by calling (800) 520-3633.