Life of Social Security cut by three years

According to Social Security trustees, the financial lifespan of Social Security has been shorted by three years and is now expected to dry up by 2033. The trustees say the Social Security trust fund has been cut due to high energy costs and a slow economy.

A record 5.4 million people have been awarded Social Security Disability Insurance since 2008. An increasing population receiving disability benefits means trouble for Medicare since they can apply for Medicare after two years. Medicare is expected to run out in 2024.

In the first four months of 2012, nearly 539,000 have been awarded SSDI while an additional 725,000 have submitted applications.

If you need help applying for disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability Insurance lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565 today.


Drunk driver arrested after fatal hit-and-run

A Crawfordsville man surrendered himself to police this week after he caused a fatal car accident at West McCarty Street and Manhattan Avenue. Both the driver and the passenger of the struck car did not survive their injuries.

Authorities were called to the scene of an accident involving an overturned car. An investigation found that the 24 year-old Crawfordsville man was speeding when he drove through a stop sign and hit another car. The 31 year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene and the 34 year-old driver died at Wishard Memorial Hospital.

After surrendering to police 11 hours later, the driver informed them he had been drinking prior to the accident. He is facing felony charges of drunk driving involving death.


SSA adds 52 new conditions to Compassionate Allowances program

This week the Social Security Administration announced that it will be adding 52 new conditions, effective in August, to its Compassionate Allowances program. The conditions mostly concern neurological disorders, cancers and rare diseases.

The Compassionate Allowances program was created in 2008 to help fast-track the approval process for applicants with certain diseases that clearly qualify them for Social Security disability. The addition of 52 new conditions increases the list to 165.

In the past fiscal year alone, the Compassionate Allowances program fast-tracked 61,000 people’s disability benefits for approval. Nearly 173,000 people have been quickly approved since the program began. For a full list of the new conditions, click here.

If you wish to know more about these valuable benefits, contact the Indiana Social Security Disability Insurance lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565.


Mother sues for son’s birth injuries

An Iowa hospital and doctor are facing a medical malpractice lawsuit after a mother and her newborn son were injured during delivery. The mother is claiming medical negligence by the hospital and staff resulted in their injuries.

In February 2008, the woman came into the hospital in active labor but was not taken into surgery for a Caesarean section until more than eight hours later. She says a botched and delayed delivery resulted in her son’s skull deformity, skull fracture, and subdural hemorrhages.

During the Caesarean section, the mother suffered a laceration on her bladder. The laceration then became infected and led to a pelvic abscess, a wound separation, and bowel obstruction.

If your child has been injured during delivery due to medical negligence, contact the birth injury lawyers of the Hankey Law Office today at (317) 634-8565.


Man wins slip and fall lawsuit against Starbucks

A San Diego Superior Court jury awarded a man $7.5 million last week in his slip and fall lawsuit against Starbucks Coffee Co.

According to court documents, the man was visiting the coffee shop in 2008 when he fell on the wet floor. Complications from a head injury he sustained in the fall have prevented him from returning to work as a chiropractor. The jury found Starbucks Coffee Co. negligent in maintaining its property.

The man’s wife has been awarded $1 million of the verdict money for loss of consortium and the remaining will compensate the man for his medical expenses, lost income, and loss of enjoyment of life.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, contact the Indianapolis slip and fall accident lawyers of the Hankey Law Office today at (317) 634-8565 to discuss your legal rights and options.


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