What SSDI beneficiaries should know upon changing marital status

Individuals who are receiving Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits should understand the payments they receive could be affected once they decide to change their marital status. Below are the things that could happen to disability benefits when a person changes his or her marital status:

  • SSDI beneficiaries who got their payments from their spouse can no longer receive benefits if they got divorced before reaching 62 years of age.
  • Individuals who have been receiving SSDI benefits from their deceased spouse may have their benefits stopped if they remarry before reaching 50 years of age.
  • Individuals who are receiving other kinds of benefits could stop receiving those benefits if they get married.

Those who have changed their marital status could continue receiving benefits upon divorcing a spouse if they are over 62. If you want to know more about your SSDI benefits in Indiana, consult with an Indiana attorney of the Hankey Law Office. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your disability benefit options.

What SSDI beneficiaries should know about disability review

The Social Security Administration (SSA) conducts a review of every person who receives disability benefits (SSDI), so they can know if the beneficiaries still deserve to get financial assistance.

Usually, the SSA notifies beneficiaries by mail that a review will take place. SSDI recipients should know they will be guided by local SSA officials regarding the review process and their rights. During this time, beneficiaries are expected to provide copies of their updated medical records that may include medical procedures they had. Beneficiaries will then be reviewed by a doctor and a disability examiner. At some point, additional medical exams at the expense of the SSA are requested from the beneficiaries. If the SSA decides an individual is still disabled, he or she is still entitled to benefits. However, benefits could stop if the SSA learns the person’s disability is improving. SSDI beneficiaries who believe their benefits were wrongfully stopped may consider appealing for their benefits.

If you want to learn more about how the SSA reviews your condition as an SSDI recipient, working with a skilled attorney is beneficial, especially if you heavily rely on your benefits to sustain your medications. Consult with an Indiana attorney of the Hankey Law Office today by calling (800) 520-3633.

Potentially flawed Tesla vehicle charging adapters recalled in the US

Approximately 7,000 Tesla adapters used for charging electric vehicles are being recalled in the U.S. due to a flaw that could result in injuries or property damage, a December 6 article of Bloomberg Technology reported.

Tesla Motors Inc. reportedly issued the voluntary recall after receiving two complaints that the adapters melted after emitting excessive heat. The recall affects the charging adapters that were sold in the U.S. that could be purchased on Tesla’s online store. After receiving the overheating complaint, Tesla also recalled three other types of charging adapters with a similar design. Affected owners were advised not to use the faulty adapters and to expect a replacement after approximately three months.

The Hankey Law Office in Indiana represents people who have been injured as a result of using potentially dangerous vehicles. If you think were the victim of a dangerous product, we could help you file a legal claim against negligent parties. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may help you recover your loss.

Steve Francis busted for drunken driving and over speeding in Houston

Houston police recently took former NBA player Steve Francis into custody due to allegations that he was driving a vehicle with excessive speed while under the influence of intoxicants, a report of The Washington Post stated on November 22.

According to reports, on November 19, the 39-year-old former player for Houston Rockets was spotted by police driving a vehicle with a speed of 88 mph on a road with an allowable speed limit of 65 mph. Apprehending officers told reports that Francis refused to do a field sobriety test, however, they noted that he displayed several signs he consumed alcohol recently. Reports revealed that Francis is likely to face other charges in relation to a June burglary incident where he was suspected of taking valuables inside a parked vehicle.

Drunken driving and speeding are the common cause of accidents that leave many people permanently disabled. If you think that a reckless driver caused you personal injuries in Indiana, an attorney of the Hankey Law Office may fight for you. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may possibly help you get compensations.

SSDI benefits given to eligible children

People who have contributed to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) should know that their children with disabilities may also receive benefits. This fact is important for families who are struggling with their finances because they are given financial assistance for their loved ones. Below are the qualifications of children who may be eligible for extended SSDI benefits:

  • Disabled children whose age is no older than 18
  • Children who have reached the age of 19 but are not enrolled past the twelfth grade
  • Disabled children who are already adults but whose disabling condition started before they turned 22

It is important to note that children who are entitled to receive monthly SSDI benefits usually receive half of the amount received by the beneficiary every month. Children may have their benefits stopped when their condition improves or upon reaching 18 years old.

If you want to know more about how your loved one could receive SSDI benefits, working with a skilled lawyer is critical, especially if you are unaware of the application process. Call the Indiana attorneys of the Hankey Law Office today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may work for you.

Millions of defective Samsung washing machines with injury risks recalled

An estimated 2.8 million defective Samsung washing machine units in the U.S. are under recall because the manufacturer and federal authorities have received complaints of injuries linked to the affected products, a November 4 article of cpsc.gov reported.

The South Korean company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission received 733 complaints regarding parts suddenly detaching on the upper portion of the “top-load washing machines” before they issued the recall. At least nine of the overall complaints received reportedly resulted in other fall-related personal injuries, such as to the shoulder or jaw. Owners of the recalled washing machines can get their money back, receive a discount if they plan to purchase another unit, or have the washer repaired.

The lawyers at the Hankey Law Office represent Indiana people who were injured by recalled products. We strongly believe victims of such incidents should receive fair compensations. Call our office today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may work on your behalf.

SSDI beneficiaries right to appeal

It is good to know that the Social Security Administration has a disability program (SSDI) to help individuals who can no longer earn a living due to a disabling condition. Unfortunately, there are some situations when beneficiaries do not agree with SS decisions. Individuals who are unsatisfied with their SSDI should know that they have the right to appeal it by the doing the following:

  • Write an appeal request letter to the Social Security office
  • The appeal request should be submitted no later than 60 days after beneficiary gets the decision
  • Beneficiaries could request for Publication No. 05-10058 or the “Your Right to Question the Decision Made on Your Claim” if still unsatisfied with the new decision

SSDI beneficiaries should note that the SS allow them to seek legal help from an experienced attorney if they have disagreements in the benefits they receive, or if they have any concerns regarding disability benefits. If you are in Indiana, the Hankey Law Office attorneys may represent you. Call us today at (317) 634-8565 to find out how we may work on your behalf.

Megan Cain publishes bullying article on Indy’s Child

Indianapolis personal injury attorney and associate at the Hankey Law Office Megan Cain has had an article published on the website Indy’s Child.

The article, titled “Parental basics on bullying,” outlines signs that your child may be getting bullied and ways it can be combatted.

You can read the article by clicking here.

If your child is being bullied and their school is not taking any measures to alleviate the situation, an attorney may be able to help. Call Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565 to learn more.

Indianapolis teacher on bike fatally injured in truck accident

A female elementary teacher in Wayne Township, Indianapolis was recently killed after the bicycle she was riding was struck by a truck, a report for wishtv.com reported on October 13.

Authorities from the Marion County Coroner’s Office revealed the identity of the fatality as Rhoades Elementary teacher, Erika Wells, 38. Wells, who was a kindergarten teacher, succumbed to her injuries after she was struck by a box truck while on State Road 37. Reports revealed that the truck driver, David Fields, 56, did not run from the crash scene and helped authorities with their investigations. Rhoades Elementary in a statement said that Wells was an amazing teacher and they are saddened by the incident. The school also offered help grief counselors as they believe many of the students and staff are affected by the loss.

The legal team at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana send their sincere condolence to the family and friends who are affected by the recent fatal truck accident.

DoL report says truckers make up 16% of work-related deaths

On our Must Know Info page, we’ve posted new information concerning work-related deaths.

Statistics from the Department of Labor show that the incidence of work-related deaths for truckers is surprisingly high. The victims in as many as one in six of these deaths are truck drivers. Truck drivers are also among the most frequently injured workers who have to miss work as a result of their injuries. Because the injuries were sustained on the job, these workers are eligible for workers’ comp.

Click here to learn more about these findings.