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Social Security Disability and Injury Lawyers

Most people are reliant on income from their jobs to support themselves and their families. In the event that the provider is injured or becomes ill and is unable to continue working, he or she may be able to file for Social Security disability benefits. These are intended to help individuals who are suffering from a mental or physical health condition that makes it difficult to work on a full-time basis. Frustratingly, the application process is overly complex and many people are denied on their first attempt.

We understand that you never planned for this to happen, and now you are forced to deal with a system that seems to be working against you. We know this can make you feel overwhelmed and alone, but you’re not! You do not have to fight this by yourself for one more day. We have a whole team of attorneys and legal professionals standing ready to come alongside you, to help you through every step of this process, and fight for your best interest.

Our guiding principles are simple: we strive to treat each client in the same way we would want our own families to be treated if they were going through this. Everyone deserves respect, compassion, and the ability to present the best legal case possible. Know your options. Our consultations are always free, and we are only paid when we win your case.

Contact our office today for a free confidential consultation

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The Social Security Disability Claims Process

  • Initial Social Security Disability application filed with the Disability Determination Bureau.

  • If denied, Reconsideration Appeal filed with the Disability Determination Bureau.

  • If denied, Hearing Requested with the Office of Hearing Operations.

  • Hearing is held before an Administrative Law Judge.

  • If denied, Appeal is filed with the Social Security Administration’s Appeals Council.

  • If denied, lawsuit is filed in Federal Court.

  • Hire the Hankey Law Office at any of these stages to reduce your risk of being denied benefits.

  • SSD Claims Process Flowchart
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How do I know if I am eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?

In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must be both medically and technically eligible. Medically, you must have a medical condition that meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability. In general, this means two key things. First, that your mental or physical health condition has lasted 12 months, is expected to last for at least 12 months, or is expected to result in death. Second, that your mental or physical health condition is so severe that it prevents you from sustaining a full-time job without accommodations.

Technically, to apply for benefits you must either not be working, or if you are working, not working at a level over what the Social Security Administration describes as substantial gainful activity. To apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, you must have accumulated enough work credits, through your prior work, to be insured by the Social Security Administration. For Supplemental Security Income, your household income must be below a certain threshold set by the Social Security Administration. It is important to know your options. Our consultations are always free, and our experienced attorneys can help you determine which programs you may be eligible for.


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Am I eligible for benefits for the months prior to my disability application?

If the Social Security Administration determines that you were disabled in the months prior to your application, you may be eligible to collect back-payments for benefits during that time period. If your claim is for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, benefits may be awarded up to 12 months prior to your application date, if you were not earning over substantial gainful activity during that time. If your claim is for Supplemental Security Income, back payments are limited to the application date.

It is important to know that you do not have to be off work for 12 months before you can apply. If your medical condition is likely to last for at least 12 months, or result in death, you can apply for your benefits. We highly recommend that you consult with an attorney as soon as you believe you are no longer able to work full-time, to make sure you are protecting all possible benefits that you may be eligible for.

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What Clients Have to Say

I would refer anyone to Hankey Law Office. I have nothing to say but a group of excellent people. Anytime I had any questions is all I had to do was call my rep and they would get back with me within 24 hours with my answer. I would like to personally thank Hankey and his staff for making this such a great experience!!!! I can never thank you enough.

Tiffney R.

I had been denied my Social Security the first time about 12 years ago. I gave up, I didn't file an appeal. UI did everything I could to work and help with our expenses, to no avail. About 3 years ago I felt forced to try to file again, even encouraged by my Dr. Again, I was denied. But this time I didn't give up. I needed the help and I believed by law I should have it. So I called Hankey Law. I was skeptical at first and my husband was even more so.  The wait for a hearing is beyond crazy and there is very little anyone can do to speed it up. During the wait the Hankey team was there to help with my anxiety and impatient fears. They continued to keep my medical information current. We finally went to court, twice The Hankey Team was there all the way to the end and then some. We won!!! I couldn't just thank 1 or 2 people at Hanky they really are a team. We used to snicker when Mr. Hanky said in those commercials "We hope you never need us, but if do we're here when need us". I'm not sure that's the exact quote but it's 100% true. I'm very grateful they were there when I needed them.

Shelby S.

Lynne was very helpful and informative guiding me through the twist and turns involved with achieving Disability benefits. With her talented and professional knowledge I was awarded Disability. Highly recommend Hankey Law Office.

Randy G.

Several years ago I became seriously ill, had to give up my job and needed help in getting Disability.  Within 1 day of asking others Hankey's Law Office was recommended by 5 people!  It was a no brainer.  Hankey it would be.  I was extremely naive & nervous with the process and needed a lot of guidance.  Hankey's staff was very pleasant & helpful.  My biggest shout-outs go to Jered, my Case Manager and Sondra Burger, the Attorney for my case. Jered had the patience of a saint to field my nerves and questions. He was always prompt with return phone calls and handled my questions in a calm, kind and knowledgeable manner.  Sondra Burger was the advocate you need as you go to Court.  She gave clear directions and stood strong beside me as I answered my questions.  She made sure and errant answer would not affect my case.  I was fully aware of her presence and support, leading me to speak up for myself and my needs.  I am sincerely grateful.

Cindy T.

I recommend Hankey Law Office to everyone I know that needs assistance. They are top notch people. Everyone that I've had the pleasure of being in contact with has been very helpful and always get back to you in a timely manner. We most recently worked with Stacy Crider and Melissa Davidson, and they were both fantastic. Thank you for all your help and for listening to my problems. You're great!!!

Kim B.

Melissa with Hankey law did a wonderful job in helping me get my ssdi benefits as well as getting my dead beat health insurance to pay for cheating me out of 2years of long term disability benefits.  I would recommend Hankey law to anyone needing help in those situations!

Travis P.

I would refer anyone to Hankey Law Office. I have nothing to say but a group of excellent people. Anytime I had any questions is all I had to do was call my rep and they would get back with me within 24 hours with my answer. I would like to personally thank Hankey and his staff for making this such a great experience!!!! I can never thank you enough.

Tiffney R.

The staff at Hankey Law Office, were outstanding. Mr James DuBach and Lynn worked my disability case. They always returned my calls, and kept me informed on any changes in my case. Would highly recommend Hankey Law. My case went on for about 3 yrs., they stayed on top of everything from beginning to the end.

Michael M.

I wanna say a big heart felt thanks to everyone at Hankey Law Office you have all been an awesome group of people and big shout out to James and Lori you have been so helpful to me and no matter what the issue is or was or how big or small you all are so helpful and no matter how busy you answered all my questions even if they were a small issue to you but a big one to me i will recommend your law office to anyone in need of your services thank you all for all you have done for me!!!! And thank you to everyone at your offices for being such nice helpful people!

Cindy M.

Excellent service!! I they are very helpful and informative. If they were out of the office they always returned my calls and answered all my questions. ( and I had many ) Anna was my case manager and did a superior job in helping me understand everything. To top it all off they won my case for me!! Thank you Mr. Hankey, Anna and Ashley. I will highly recommend Hankey law firm to everyone I know.

Deborah F.

Meet Our Team

For information on Disability and Injury Attorneys at the Hankey Law Office, please browse the attorney profiles provided below.

Personal Injury and Other Practice Areas

For decades, our office has been diligently representing individuals who have been injured by the negligence of others. Our experienced legal team has handled a wide range of personal injury cases, including car accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, and premises liability.

When someone suffers an injury at the negligent hands of another party, they should not have to suffer through the consequences alone. You never expected for this to happen, and now you are forced to deal with an insurance company who is fighting against you. We have a whole team of attorneys and legal professionals standing ready to come alongside of you, look out for your best interest, and fight the insurance company for you. Our consultations are always free, and we are only paid when we win your case.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Your case is uniques and will come with a specific set of questions related to your circumstances, which a Hankey Law Office attorney
will help your answer. The following are a few of the questions that clients frequently ask when they consider filing for SSD.

These are benefits that will provide monthly monetary support for a disabled individual while they are unable to work. To be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, you must have accumulated enough work credits, through your prior work, to be insured by the Social Security Administration.

When filing for disability benefits, there are several programs that an individual may be eligible for. Through a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, we can help you understand which benefits you may be able to pursue. Call our office today at (317) 634-8565

These are benefits that will provide monthly monetary support for a disabled individual while they are unable to work full-time, or for a disabled child. To be eligible for Supplemental Security Income, your household income must be below a certain threshold set by the Social Security Administration.

When filing for disability benefits, there are several programs that an individual may be eligible for. Through a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, we can help you understand which benefits you may be able to pursue. Call our office today at (317) 634-8565

At Hankey Law Office, our consultations are always free. If we are able to take your case, we work on a contingency basis. This means that we only get paid when we win your claim. Our guiding principles are simple: we strive to treat each client in the same way we would want our families to be treated if they were going through this process. Everyone deserves respect, compassion, and the ability to present the best legal case possible. We are ready to go to work for you, and fight on your behalf. Call us for a free consultation today at (317) 634-8565

The phrase “pain and suffering” in the legal world describes both physical and emotional injuries that are suffered by a victim after an accident. Understanding how much an individual’s pain and suffering is worth can only be fully understood after analyzing numerous factors. One thing is for sure, the insurance company is going to attempt to minimize a victim’s pain and suffering as much as they can. While the insurance adjusters often seem friendly and helpful, they are not on your side. Know your options. At Hankey Law Office, our consultations are always free, and we only get paid when we win your case. Learn what your case is truly worth. Call us today at (317) 634-8565

“ERISA” stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Many employer-based, or privately purchased, short-term and long-term disability plans are governed by this Federal law. ERISA law is complex, and if benefits are not granted during the appeal phase, a Federal lawsuit will likely be required. At Hankey Law Office, our attorneys are experienced in ERISA litigation. Consultations are always free. Call today to discuss your claim more with one of our attorneys at (317) 634-8565

Medical malpractice is your health care provider’s negligence, regarding such things as surgeries, procedures, or drugs, that have caused injury, unnecessary pain, or even death. Usually, medial malpractice arises when the treatment contradicted the established practices of the medical community. When this happens, your doctor can be held liable. If you or a loved on have been injured by a preventable error committed by a doctor, surgeon, or other healthcare provider, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Our consultations are always free. Call our office today for more information at (317) 634-8565

If you have been hurt in an accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. There is no reason why you and your family should bear the burden of expensive hospital bills, lost wages, and the countless other costs that come with an accident that was not your fault. It is important to discuss the details of your accident with an experienced attorney who has handled these cases before, and it is important to never settle for less than what your claim is worth. When your health and your family’s financial security is on the line, you need an aggressive and knowledgeable legal team on your side. That’s where the team at Hankey Law Office comes in. We work tirelessly on behalf of our clients to make sure they get the compensation they are owed, and we are prepared to help you! For more information, call our office today at (317) 634-8565

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Disability issues often result in emotional stress that can be worsened by the legal process. If you or someone you love is in need of assistance with Social Security disability applications, appeals, or representation or you would like to retain the support of a knowledgeable attorney for another type of case, contact the offices of the Indiana Social Security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565

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