Appealing for SSDI benefits online may result in mistakes

Disabled workers who have been denied their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may consider appealing their claims online, but in many instances, this may result in small mistakes that prevent your claim from being processed correctly and with a good chance of success.

By visiting the Social Security Administration (SSA) official website, disabled workers may request to appeal their disability claim, make corrections to their medical records, or even sign their medical release form. Workers who are appealing for their disability benefits online have to carefully fill out every detail needed in every page, and there is a time limit to how long a person may stay on each page. The time limit and the necessity for absolute accuracy in every aspect of your application makes it difficult for many people to file a successful appeal online and by themselves.

Instead, seek the help of a Social Security disability attorney, who can help you understand and complete every step of the process. In order to learn more about getting the help of an attorney who can help you construct an accurate and thorough appeal for the disability benefits you need, call the Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565 today.


Understanding Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)

When reviewing applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits the Social Security Administration evaluates applicants’ eligibility through numerous factors, like determining their SGA or “Substantial Gainful Activity.”

SGA determines the applicants’ capability to render an income through work by using their physical or mental abilities. Under SSDI, the SSA evaluates the working activities of applicants and beneficiaries. The SSA may find an applicant eligible for disability benefits if their SGA is poor, meaning they can cannot perform any work that can earn them income. However, the agency may deny a disabled applicant’s claim if he or she can earn a monthly income while being disabled.

The SSA also provides a “trial work period” for SSDI beneficiaries who wish to go back to their previous jobs where they could still get benefits and income from that job.

The Indiana lawyers of the Hankey Law Office believe that individuals who can no longer earn an income due to disability should be entitled to get help with their SSDI benefits. If you are a disabled worker in Indiana and you are not familiar with the application process, we may assist you. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (317) 634-8565 to find out how we can help you.


Social Security process for determining disability eligibility

The Social Security Administration (SSA) utilizes strict guidelines to determine whether a disabled person filing for benefits can no longer do his or her job.

The SSA initially checks the work history of disabled individuals for the past 15 years, including the activities they may still be capable of to earn income. The SSA will need a full detailed account of applicants’ work tasks to determine how they performed their job before they became disabled. The SSA denies applications by individuals that can perform their jobs, even if they are disabled. If the SSA was convinced that the applicant’s disability hindered the person from doing his or her job, they would still attempt to determine if the individual could perform other jobs.

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a complex and time-consuming process if you are not familiar with the procedure. If you are a disabled worker applying for benefits in Indiana, the lawyers at the Hankey Law Office may work for you. Find out how our lawyers may assist you in the filing process today by calling (317) 634-8565.


Senator urged progressives to improve Social Security

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 (317) 634-8565 to learn about how we can help.


SSA closes offices as applications increase

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 (317) 634-8565.


Committee criticizes disability judges for easily approving claims

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 (317) 634-8565.


Commission proposed to repair Social Security

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 (317) 634-8565


Former NYC fireman pleaded guilty to disability fund fraud

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 (317) 634-8565.


Social Security may have incorrectly paid $1.3 billion in disability claims

A review from the Government Accountability Office states that the Social Security Administration may have wrongfully given disability benefits to people who claimed they were disabled but were actually working. The report was published on Tuesday, September 17.

In the review, the SSA was estimated to have given improper disability payments to 36,000 people from December 2010 up to January 2013. One incorrect payment amounted to $74,000.

Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said in a statement that the lapses by the Social Security Administration display how little effort they make in ensuring accuracy.

The legal team at Hankey Law Office understands that many people in Indiana rely on disability benefits due to their inability to work. If you are having difficulty receiving your disability payments, please contact us by calling (317) 634-8565 today.