Understanding “Compassionate Allowances”

Under the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may decide to immediately release the disability benefits (SSDI) of a recipient. The program is designed to expedite the SSDI application process for those who are obviously disabled.

Rather than taking months or years for a person to receive his or her benefits, it may only take weeks if a person’s condition is within the scope of CAL. Individuals applying for their disability benefits file the claim as usual and the SSA chooses whether to expedite their claim based on certain requirements. Individuals may qualify for CAL if their disability prevents them from doing the jobs they used to do, or prevents them from doing any other jobs. The time it takes to process individuals under CAL may vary depending on the supporting documents submitted by the person.

The attorneys at Hankey Law Office help Indiana families whose loved ones are applying for or appealing their SSDI benefits. We strongly believe that disabled individuals should receive the benefits necessary to continue their medication. If you need help qualifying for SSDI benefits, call us at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your options.


SSDI benefits from a former spouse

If you and your spouse have divorced, resulting in the loss of his or her Social Security disability benefits, it is worth considering applying for SSDI benefits from your ex-spouse’s record. You may possibly get SSDI benefits from a former spouse under the following conditions:

  • Before the divorce, you and your former spouse were married for at least 10 years.
  • Even if you remarry, you may still get SSDI from your former spouse if your relationship with a recent spouse has ended through divorce, annulment, or death.

People who apply for SSDI benefits from their former spouse’ records should remember that the benefits that they may possibly get could be affected by any other benefits they receive, and their ex-spouse is also entitled to do the same thing.

The Indiana lawyers at the Hankey Law Office work for disabled people applying for SSDI benefits. If you are in such a situation, we may work on your behalf to create a thorough application. Call us today at (317) 634-8565 to learn more about your options.


White House called on Congress to allocate funds to save SSDI

The White House recently told Congress to move funds from the retirement program to prevent the possible reduction of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, Huffington Post reported on February 2.

The Obama Administration’s proposal to save SSDI by acquiring funds from payroll tax revenue comes in spite of previous moves Congress made earlier this year that would prevent this very move. Despite their desire to reform the disability program, the GOP has not yet come up with a solution that will prevent the depletion of 20% of benefit recipients’ payments when the fund is exhausted next year. Moving money between the retirement and disability program has been the traditional way to keep both programs alive.

Applying for your SSDI benefits may be complicated and frustrating, especially in the face of news that the program is threatened by fund shortages. However, the attorneys at the Hankey Law Office know that many residents in Indiana depend on their SSDI payments, and we may also help you file or appeal a claim. Call our offices at (317) 634-8565 today to learn more.


Financial benefits that may affect SSDI

People who are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may have their benefits decreased under the following circumstances:

  • SSDI beneficiaries who also get workers’ compensation or some other disability benefits.
  • SSDI beneficiaries who are getting pension from an employer that do not deduct Social Security taxes from their salaries.
  • SSDI benefits given to widow/widower or spouse are reduced if people get pension benefits from their federal employers that do not deduct Social Security taxes from their salary.

Understanding the above information is important when you are planning to file for your SSDI benefits. However, without a lawyer’s help, understanding the Social Security can be difficult, especially if your circumstances are complicated. Fortunately, an experienced attorney at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana may be able to work on your behalf for the funds you believe you need. Call our offices at (317) 634-8565 today to learn how we may work on your behalf.


SSDI judges facing tough scrutiny in new report

Some Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) judges are allegedly approving many disability cases without sufficient logical basis, an article of the Wall Street Journal reported on November 14.
According to a SSA inspector general report expected to be released this week, the bulk of SSDI cases of the 275 studied cases had problems in processing. The report revealed that only 31 cases underwent “proper processing” and some of the cases should have been denied. At least 44 SSA disability judges were found to be deciding cases hastily, awarding disability benefits to an unusually high number of cases. The report findings were used to determine that SSDI benefits were awarded to estimated 24,900 cases that resulted in nearly $2 billion in paid benefits.
Applying for SSDI benefits can be frustrating, especially when disability judges are being criticized by the SSA. However, if you are applying or appealing for your disability benefits in Indiana, the lawyers of Hankey Law Office may legally assist you. Find out how we could help you get your much needed benefits today by calling (317) 634-8565.


Benefits of SSDI online application process

Individuals who are planning to apply for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits due to debilitating physical or psychological illnesses may consider the benefits of filing their application online.

  • Individuals may conveniently file their application using any computer at home.
  • Individuals who file their SSDI application online may not need to visit Social Security office, which could be critical for disabled applicants who have difficulty walking.
  • Individuals who apply online have the flexibility to make corrections before they finally submit their application.
  • Disabled U.S. citizens who are out of the country can also apply for their SSDI benefits online.

Filing for your SSDI benefits online can be difficult if you do not fully understand the often complicated nuances of the process. Work with an experienced attorney in Indiana who will make sure your application ins error-free and as complete as possible. Call the Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565 today to get started.


Former NYPD officer pleaded guilty of scamming disability funds

Ex-NYPD police officer Joseph Esposito pleaded guilty to being part of scamming Social Security, an article of the New York Times reported on August 27.

The 70-year-old ex-cop is accused of being one of the masterminds of a large-scale scam that resulted to over $27 million in disability funds lost from the government. Esposito pleaded guilty to charges of grand larceny in the Manhattan Supreme Court, under the terms of a cooperation agreement that he will testify against three other accused persons who had pleaded not guilty. Esposito’s sentence upon pleading guilty might result in seriously reduced penalties.

The lawyers of the Hankey Law Office understand that many disabled workers in Indiana deserve to get their disability benefits. Now, when the government is getting stricter in the application process due to massive scams, a lawyer can possibly help you strengthen your disability claims. Find out how we could assist you in the filing process today by calling (317) 634-8565.


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.


Must know info about the Social Security Federal claims process

Kirsten E. Wold, an attorney at the Hankey Law Office, recently wrote and published “Federal Court 101 – What you need to know before filing your claim in Federal Court,” explaining the Social Security disability claims process and what it takes to bring your claim to the federal level.

In the article, Wold gives an overview of the process that would lead to possibly needing to file a claim with a Federal Court. She then discusses important information people who are considering this process or about to go through it should know.

Click here to read the valuable information included in this article.

At the Hankey Law Office, our legal team is dedicated to helping clients in Indiana get the disability benefits they need and often deserve. To talk with us about the claims process and how we can help, call (800) 520-3633.


SSA suggests stricter rules on disability appeals

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is proposing to impose tighter rules for Social Security disability insurance applicants, an article from the Wall Street Journal stated on March 6.

According to the report, under the proposed rules of the SSA, applicants will be required to include all of their medical information to the agency, whether it seems advantageous to them or not. The agency stated that some people purposely do not provide medical information that could reduce their chance of having a claim approve.

In order to avoid challenges stemming from client-attorney privilege, the agency has stated that it will be the applicant’s responsibility to provide all relevant paperwork.

As the SSA proposes to implement stricter rules for claimants seeking disability insurance, it is important to seek a lawyer who has experience in the filing process. Speak with a lawyer at the Hankey Law Office if you live in Indiana and need help getting the disability benefits you are seeking by calling 317-634-8565.