Usual uses of “Benefit Verification Letter” issued to SSDI beneficiaries

Individuals who have been receiving any Social Security benefits, like disability insurance (SSDI), may consider requesting a “benefit verification letter” by visiting the agency’s official website. A benefit verification letter can be used as evidence for the following:

  • For loan or mortgage application
  • For those who want to receive other benefits offered by the government, like assisted housing
  • Proof of age
  • Proof of retirement or disability status
  • Proof that you are currently covered by Medicare insurance

Individuals should note that they may request a benefit verification letter even their Social Security benefits are not given to them and their claims are currently being processed. Individuals could also filter the information that they want to include in the letter. If you want to know more information or have any concerns with your SSDI benefits in Indiana, get in touch with a skilled attorney of the Hankey Law Office today by calling (800) 520-3633.


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.


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.


Federal assistance available for individuals who have AIDS or HIV

It can be a difficult time when a person is diagnosed with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). However, individuals suffering from such medical conditions should know that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has programs to help them with costly treatments and medications.

Individuals who have such conditions may apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). When HIV infection progresses to AIDS, individuals who have such illnesses can no longer perform income generating jobs if they suffer disabling symptoms such as severe or unexplained fatigue, rapid weight loss, pneumonia, or even mental disorders. The two SSA programs were created to assist people with HIV or AIDS in order to sustain financial support for their medical bills. Though applying for benefits is often an easy task, many people unfortunately are being turned down due to insufficient evidence to support their claims.

While overcoming the hardships that stem from your illness, whether it is HIV or AIDS, enlisting a lawyer can be an essential step when applying or appealing for your Social Security benefits. Find out how a lawyer at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana may be able to help you today by calling (317) 634-8565.


Who can help you apply for SSDI benefits?

Disabled individuals should know that the Social Security Administration (SSA) allows applicants to seek help from others when applying for their disability benefits in order to ensure that applications are as accurate and complete as possible. Assistance from others can be vital to individuals who struggle with certain disabilities that may hinder their ability to complete the application form. Applicants may turn to the following people for help during this process:

  • Any family member or close relative
  • A close friend
  • An employer
  • Members of certain organizations of advocacy groups
  • Paralegals
  • Attorneys

SSDI applicants who want to officially authorize their representatives are required to submit an Appointment of Representative form. Though the SSA allows every disabled person to seek application assistance, they should understand that their signatures will be required in order for the application to be processed.

If you are a disabled person seeking assistance in filing for your SSDI benefits, enlisting a skilled lawyer may be in your best interest. Find out how our team at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana can help you today by calling (317) 634-8565.


Workers diagnosed with diabetes may be entitled to Social Security benefits

Workers who have been diagnosed with diabetes may possibly qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) if they suffer from any of the debilitating complications that many individuals with diabetes experience.

If complications from diabetes have affected your ability to work and make a living, you could possibly qualify for Social Security disability benefits, especially if those complications involve:

  • Deteriorating or total loss of eyesight
  • Serious diseases that affects the kidneys or the heart
  • Amputation of limb due to unnoticed wound that got infected
  • Nerve damages
  • Serious skin problems

Unfortunately, these complications and the treatments required for them could leave an individual unable to continue working in any meaningful capacity. In situations such as this, pursuing benefits from the Social Security Administration could be the only option a person has for making ends meet.

If you are considering applying for or appealing a denial of SSDI benefits due to debilitating complications of diabetes in Indiana, an experienced attorney with the Hankey Law Office may be able to help. Call our office today at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about what we may be able to do for you.


SSDI information for people who have criminal convictions

If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, it is important for you to realize that the Social Security office will likely be notified if you have committed or are charged with a crime.

While SSDI benefits may not be given to people who have been restricted by a court after committing a crime, the disability benefits for their eligible family members are still paid. It is also important to note that disabled people may not receive their benefits even if found “not guilty” due to a mental health condition or due to incompetence.

The Social Security office will also be notified if you have violated the conditions of your parole or probation after a crime, at which time SSDI benefits will also not be released.

At the Hankey Law Office in Indiana, our attorneys work with individuals who need to apply for, appeal, or dispute Social Security benefits claims. We can work with you to help build a strong case in your favor and present it to the appropriate people. To learn more about how we may be able to help you, call us today at (317) 634-8565.


Three types of Social Security cards

It is important to note that the United States issues three different kinds of Social Security cards, depending on the card bearer’s status as a citizen or as an applicant or recipient of disability insurance benefits (SSDI).

  • There is a Social Security card only issued to American citizens and to those people who have been permanently residing in the U.S. Bearers of such card are entitled to retirement and disability benefits on the condition that they have earned enough Social Security credits.
  • There is a Social Security card issued to those people who have been authorized to temporarily work in the United States.
  • There is a Social Security card issued to people from other countries that grants its holders access to some social services or other benefits; however, this card does not permit employment for its holders within the United States.

If you are interested in learning more about Social Security benefits programs or are interested in filing a SSDI application or appealing a decision, the Indiana attorneys at the Hankey Law Office may be able to offer you valuable assistance. Find out how we may be of service to you by calling (317) 634-8565 today.


SSDI benefits disabled people may receive before filing application

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may possibly be entitled to disabled individuals even several months before they actually file their SSDI application.

The Social Security program may consider releasing SSDI benefits to people 12 months before filing their application, given that they prove their disability in the past months before filing. Disabled applicants should meet all the requirements needed by the Social Security. Disabled people who believe that they are eligible for SSDI can file their application online with their home computers to avoid the many hassles of going to Social Security offices. SSDI applicants who are currently outside the United States may coordinate with the nearest U.S. Embassy, consulate, or the U.S. Social Security.

Proving ones disability is never easy, mostly if you are filing for your SSDI benefits for the first time. However, if you are filing or appealing for your disability benefits in Indiana, the legal team at Hankey Law Office may assist you. Find out how we may work on your behalf today by calling (317) 634-8565.


Work details needed in filing for SSDI benefits

People who are unable to continue working after developing a disabling health condition should be aware that they need to provide the following employment details when filing for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits:

  • Accumulated income from the past and present year of filing
  • Employer’s name and address in the last two years
  • List of jobs in the last 15 years including the dates before the disability
  • Information if the applicant has filed for any benefits outside SSDI
  • Statement from the Social Security Administration
  • People who have worked for the U.S. Military before 1968 should provide the dates of their tenure of enlistment

It is important that SSDI applicants have all the following working details available when filing Social Security Disability Insurance in order to possibly avoid any problem in the process.

When you are filing for your SSDI benefits, it is important that you work with a lawyer – especially if you are suffering from a disabling disease. Find out how the lawyers at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana may assist you in the filing process today by calling (800) 520-3633.


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