Social Security to offer expedited applications for veterans

The Social Security Agency (SSA), in conjunction with Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD), announced on February 19 that starting in mid-March they will be expediting Social Security disability claims and trying to make speedier decisions for disabled veterans.

According to SSA acting commissioner Carolyn Colvin, they will work closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to find qualified disabled claimants. For faster transactions, disabled veterans should present a notification letter from the VA, in addition to  informing the SSA that they have a 100 percent rating of VA disability compensation for permanent & total (P&T) disability. Though claimants with a VA rating will be prioritized by the agency, they must still be considered eligible by the SSA requirements in order to get their benefits.

As a disabled veteran, getting your Social Security disability benefits is important for meeting your basic living needs. If you are living in Indiana, the lawyers at the Hankey Law Office can possibly assist you in the filing process, helping you to get the benefits you need. Speak with us today by calling 317-634-8565.              


Applying for Social Security Disability benefits

People who have debilitating disabilities that leave them unable to do their daily job may find themselves in need of financial assistance. In such a situation, it may be best for a disabled person to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. When applying for Social Security disability, make sure to keep the following in mind:

  • Disabled workers who are physically able to get to a local Social Security Administration (SSA) office may want to schedule an appointment and file their claim in person.
  • Disabled applicants who are currently confined in the hospital or are immobilized by their current condition may apply through telephone or by visiting the SSA’s official website. Applicants should provide their work history from the last 15 years, including their medical records and an explanation how their disabilities hamper them from working.

The legal team at the Hankey Law Office helps disabled workers in Indiana to get the Social Security Disability benefits they need. Call us today at (317) 634-8565 to find out how we may help you.


SSA study explains the surge of disability insurance claimants

Recent research conducted by two economists from the Social Security Administration (SSA) recently clarified how the number of disability insurance claimants has climbed rampantly in the past years.

According to the study led by SSA economists David Pattison and Hilary Waldron, they found that 90 percent of the rise in disabled individuals is caused by population growth, an increased population of women in the workplace, and the sudden emergence of aging baby boomers. The study was developed by examining more than three decades of demographic data.

Critics of the disability insurance disability believed that SSA’s unreformed system contributed to the sudden surge of claimants in recent years.

At the Hankey Law Office, our attorneys are devoted to helping disabled people in Indiana get the financial assistance they need from the SSA. Find out how we can help you with your Social Security Disability Insurance application by calling (800) 520-3633.


$1.3 billion in Social Security over payments due to system failure

The Social Security Administration has made an over payment of $1.3 billion to disability recipients in a span of two years, according to a recent audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). CNN Money reported on the over payments in late October.

According to CNN’s report, many former disability beneficiaries were getting paid for several months up to years after they had already notified the agency that they no longer qualified to receive benefits. Cheryl Bates-Harris from the National Disability Rights Network said there are serious lapses in the system, but the agency is trying to avoid liability and let the beneficiaries shoulder the responsibility.

The GAO explained that a lack of budget and backlogs on reviewing beneficiaries caused the problem. The over payments made by the Social Security Administration either went to innocent beneficiaries or to people who engaged in fraud.

The legal team at the Hankey Law Office understands that many eligible people in Indiana deserve to receive disability benefits to augment their daily needs. Seek a lawyer’s help today to get help obtaining the benefits you need by calling (800) 520-3633.


Social Security wrongfully paid prisoners’ disability

A kink was recently discovered in the Social Security Administration’s system. At least $1 million in disability benefits was wrongfully paid by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to imprisoned beneficiaries.

According to the Office of the Inspector General’s recent report, the SSA wrongfully distributed disability insurance payments to beneficiaries while they were serving jail time.

The report entitled “Special Disability Workload Payments Made to Incarcerated Beneficiaries” found that out of 100 imprisoned beneficiaries, the SSA had stopped giving payments to 75 convicted prisoners but had overpaid the last 25.

The report concluded that the payment lapse of the SSA to the sample number of prisoners estimated to $1 million to 440 prisoners.

Sadly, many qualified disabled individuals experience complications in claiming disability benefits from Social Security. If you are experiencing this, a lawyer from Hankey Law Office in Indianapolis may be able to assist you. Call (317) 634-8565 to share your story with an attorney today.


Probe shows prevalent fraud in SSDI program

A two year long investigation into the Social Security Disability Insurance program discovered alleged prevalent fraud. The report, conducted by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and run by Republican Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, was released on October 7.

According to the investigative report, up to 15 percent of the population in Kentucky receives disability payments with the help of Attorney Eric Conn, who allegedly runs a “disability claim factory.” Attorney Conn allegedly has been working with Judge David Daugherty and a group of questionable doctors to approve disability claims. The report shows that at least five doctors received millions of dollars in recent years to give biased opinions for Conn’s clients.

Sen. Coburn stressed that the Social Disability Trust Fund may run out of money in less than 2 years due to this rampant fraud.

At the Hankey Law Office, our legal team knows that in Indiana alone, many people are qualified to receive disability benefits through the Social Security Disability program. If you are looking to file a claim or an appeal for an unfairly denied claim, call us at (800) 520-3633 for the help you need.


Disability benefits for people with HIV or AIDS

People who are infected with HIV or AIDS virus may also qualify to get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to help cover their basic necessities and supplement their finances. However, in order to receive these benefits, a person must meet certain criterion first.

If seeking SSDI benefits, HIV or AIDS patients must have paid taxes on their income for a predetermined amount of years, earning them Social Security credits. The number of working years of an infected patient depends on how old the patient is when he or she becomes disabled. However, those workers who are young may only be required to have worked for few years. Their disability must also be severe enough that it prevents them from completing meaningful and substantial work, in addition to being expected to last at least a year or end in death.

The benefits a patient will receive depend on their income received while working.

If you or a loved one has been disabled by HIV or AIDS, disability benefits may be sought with the help of a lawyer at the Hankey Law Office. Call 317-634-8565 if you live in Indiana to find out how we may be able to help you.


Family members who qualify for SSDI benefits

Based on the work of a family member who is receiving Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, certain family members may also qualify for SSD financial benefits.

A beneficiary’s spouse may be qualified to receive benefits if he or she is 62 or older. However, a spouse may also be entitled to benefits regardless of age if he or she is taking care of the child of the beneficiary who is under 16 years old or is considered disabled.

The children of the beneficiary who are under 18 years old and are unmarried may also get benefits if they are studying full time in elementary or secondary school. Children aged 18 and older who are proven disabled by the Social Security Administration may also get benefits, as long as the disability begun before they turned 22 years old.

Our lawyers at the Hankey Law Office, P.C., understand how important it is for eligible disabled people in Indiana to get the benefits they need to live day to day. Find out how we may help you get the benefits you need by calling 317-634-8565 today.           


SSDI benefits for injured military personnel

Military personnel who have been injured in the line of duty are able to receive Social Security disability benefits, if they qualify, and if the injury occurred on October 2001 or later, they can receive expedited benefits.

For an injured military member to qualify, he or she should be “disabled,” which means the injured person can no longer perform “substantial work,” according to the Social Security Administration. Whether the injury is physical or mental, the condition must last for a year or be expected to result to death.

Once disability is proven, a disabled military service member must meet the qualifications of either the Social Security Disability Insurance program or the Supplemental Security Income program. The former requires a person to have paid taxes into the program and worked for a specified period of time, while the latter is based on financial needs.

Our lawyers at the Hankey Law Office, P.C., can help any disabled person in Indiana understand their rights when it comes to disability benefits. Call us at 317-634-8565 today to discuss your eligibility. 


SSA changes “mental retardation” to “intellectual disability”

Instead of using the term “mental retardation” when referring to individuals with a developmental disability, the Social Security Administration announced on August 1st that it will now use the term “intellectual disability.”

With this new distinction “intellectual disability” will replace any instance of “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded children” in the Social Security lists of impairments and other agency publications. Changing of the term will not affect the evaluation of individuals with mental disability however.

The change was made after many advocates said the term “mental retardation” was offensive and resulted in both misunderstandings of a disorder’s origination and for those who suffer from the disorder.

If you are in Indiana and need legal assistance when applying for Social Security disability, contact a lawyer from the Hankey Law Office, P.C., by calling 317-634-8565 today and find out how we can help you.


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