Does the Social Security Department monitor disabled individuals?

While the Social Security Administration (SSA) has a program to support disabled individuals, SSDI beneficiaries should know that their condition will be monitored periodically to determine if they still qualify for the benefits they are receiving. The SSA review its beneficiaries based on their assumed recovery period:

  • Beneficiaries who are “expected” to recover from their disabilities may be reviewed by the SSA between six and eighteen months after receiving benefits.
  • Beneficiaries who may “possibly” recover from their disabilities may be reviewed by the SSA after three years of receiving benefits.
  • Beneficiaries who are “not expected” to recover from their disabilities may be reviewed by the SSA after seven years of receiving benefits.

SSDI beneficiaries should understand that their benefits may be stopped if the SSA finds out that they have recovered from their disabilities.

The lawyers of the Hankey Law Office provide legal assistance to individuals who are applying for or appealing decisions regarding their SSDI benefits. Call our office today at (317) 634-8565 to learn more about how we can help you through this complex process.

Understanding “Compassionate Allowances”

People who file for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims may possibly get their much needed benefits quickly if they are eligible for Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program.

The Social Security Administration implemented the CAL to give immediate assistance to SSDI applicants who are suffering from a serious or terminal medical condition. Disabled persons applying for SSDI only need to show their medical records supporting their serious illnesses or diseases. The SSA has initially identified 88 serious medical conditions that they believe to be eligible under the CAL program. The claims of eligible applicants will be processed by the SSA in as fast as three weeks.

Unfortunately, filing for your SSDI benefits can be difficult, mostly if you are unaware of the complicated process. However, if you are a disabled person in Indiana, the lawyers at the Hankey Law Office may assist you in the filing process. Call our office today at (317) 634-8565 to find out how we may possibly help you get your much needed financial assistance for disability.

The importance of keeping treatment records when claiming SSDI

Disabled individuals who have decided to file for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits should keep in mind the importance of having a good record of all the medical treatment they have had before they file for SSDI.

SSDI examiners may sometimes have an impression that disabled applicants’ condition may not be considered as a serious disability if they have an inconsistent medical treatment record. Examiners may measure the seriousness of an individual’s disability through the medical treatment they have had before filing for their benefits. Disabled individuals who are undergoing medical treatment should keep all their medical records, including appointments with physicians, so they can use these records as a strong reference to support their disability claim.

The Indiana lawyers at the Hankey Law Office assist individuals who wish to claim SSDI. Our skilled lawyers may legally assist you in the filing or appealing of your disability benefits so that you can focus on your medical treatments. Call our office today at (317) 634-8565 to find out how we may work on your behalf.

What usually happens after applying for SSDI online?

Disabled individuals who apply for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits using the official Social Security website should expect the following after submitting their application:

  • The SSA will send an electronic mail (email) or snail mail to confirm that they already received your application.
  • The SSA will review the application form that you fill out.
  • The SSA may contact the applicants if they are required to submit supplemental information or papers.
  • Applicants will also get notification from the SSA if your dependents are also eligible to get your benefits.
  • After the SSA process the application, they usually send a letter through snail mail regarding their decision.

Though filing for SSDI benefits online is convenient, the procedure can be confusing to applicants. However, if you are applying or appealing for your benefits in Indiana, the lawyers at the Hankey Law Office may work on your behalf. Call our office today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may assist you in the filing process.

Annual report raises concern about Social Security Disability fund

An annual report on the financial status of the Social Security Disability fund and the Medicare system was recently released, renewing concerns over the quickly depleting disability fund, according to the New York Times on July 22.

The disability fund is expected to be depleted by the end of next year, which will result in a 19% cut to benefits unless something is done to fortify the fund. The benefit reduction would affect 11 million beneficiaries. Although the Obama administration wanted funds to be transferred from the retirement account, which has been done in the past, the Republican congress wants to make long-lasting changes to the program.

Although politics may shift, the real need for disability benefits will not change. If you are disabled and unable to work in Indiana, the attorneys at the Hankey Law Office may help you throughout every step of the complicated application or appeals process. Call us today at (317) 634-8565 to learn more about your options.

Work credits needed to qualify for disability benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires every individual to earn enough “credits” during their employment in order to qualify for SSDI benefits when they become disabled, according to the Social Security website.

The number of credits required may vary depending on the age the worker who suffers from a disability. Usually, workers need to earn at least 40 working credits during their employment tenure. Younger individuals, on the other hand, may require fewer credits to become qualified for disability benefits. The SSA computes the credits depending on the total annual income of the worker. For example, this year, workers get one (1) credit for each $1,220 earned. However, only four credits can be earned per year, and the monetary amount that makes up a credit will alter every year.

If you are applying or appealing for your SSDI benefits, it is important to enlist a skilled lawyer who will tirelessly work for you throughout the whole process. Find out how the Indiana lawyers of the Hankey Law Office may work for you by calling (317) 634-8565.

Adults eligible for SSDI “child” benefits

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 (317) 634-8565 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.

Thousands of SSDI beneficiaries in Florida threatened by benefit cuts

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 Office 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 (317) 634-8565 to find out how we may help you get your much needed benefits.

SSDI shortage expected before 2016 ends

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits shortage is expected to be felt before the year 2016 ends, an article on The Buffalo News reported December 8.

Millions of SSDI beneficiaries in the U.S. may have their benefits reduced by 20 percent if Congress fails to prevent the disability funds’ near exhaustion, Representative Tom Reed (R-Corning) stated. Reed reportedly wants to push legislation through Congress to resolve the financial obstacles of Social Security system in order to save the disability program. However, Rep. Reed is skeptical of an earlier suggestion by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to save the disability program by transferring funds from the retirement program. He, among others, are working to first eliminate fraudulent claims in order to begin rectifying this situation.

If you are disabled in Indiana, working with an efficient attorney is important for the best chance at securing your benefits, whether you are in the process of applying for, appealing, or defending your current claim. Find out how the Indiana attorneys of the Hankey Law Office may assist you in your SSDI filing today by calling (317) 634-8565.

SSDI application a struggle without an attorney

An October 20 article on stated that without a lawyer’s help, it is difficult and confusing to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

The article specifically refers to Alabama residents, many of whom must wait years to have their case decided on by a judge. One example was former nurse Linda Bowen who developed pancreatitis. She began receiving her benefits four years after initially filing, which she was only able to do with the help of a lawyer hired by her former employer. Linda’s husband Matthew filed his SSDI application last year and will have to wait until the end of 2015 before his claim gets heard. Disabled Alabama individuals are seeing the advantage of seeking a lawyer’s help in the SSDI filing process.

The Social Security disability process is confusing all over the country – not just in Alabama. If you are disabled and need benefits in Indiana, the attorneys at Hankey Law Office may legally assist you in the SSDI filing process. Tell us your situation today by calling (317) 634-8565 to learn more about your options.

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