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 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.

Social Security ceased disability benefits to a woman with epilepsy

A woman in Knoxville receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits due to her debilitating epilepsy had her monthly benefits stopped recently due to the impression that her condition does not affect her daily activities anymore, a September 21 article published on stated.

Epileptic patient Amy Schnelle was advised last May that she would no longer get benefits from Social Security (SS) as her condition was believed to be improving. Schnelle, who cannot work due to her severe seizure attacks, heavily relies on her SSDI benefits to sustain her daily medicines needed for the disorder. SS told her that her disorder can be treated with proper medication and therefore she could go back to work. Aside from the $1,200 monthly SSDI benefits, which she is appealing to continue, Schnelle’s Medicare assistance has also ceased. Schnelle believed that the SS is giving her a dilemma as she needs the benefits to be able to buy the medicines.

Filing for SSDI appeal could be a stressful procedure if you are not aware of the process and that your benefits were erroneously taken away from you. However, if you are in such situation in Indiana, the Hankey Law Office lawyers may offer you legal assistance in the appeals process. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may work on your behalf.

How does the SSA decide if a person is disabled?

Disabled people who decide to file for their benefits should know how the Social Security Administration (SSA) will determine if they are eligible to receive disability payments. The decision process is strict and usually based on the following applicant information gathered from medical professionals.

  • When did the patient start to suffer from a disabling condition?
  • What are the serious illnesses or disabilities of the patient?
  • Is the patient’s lifestyle negatively affected by their disability?
  • What are the treatment or medical procedures the patient has undergone to address their disability?
  • What are the test results of the patient regarding their disability?

The SSA may also ask doctors about basic information regarding the SSDI applicants to determine if they can still do any work that could earn them income. The SSA may also request other supporting documents to fully determine if an applicant is indeed disabled.

If you can no longer work due to your disability, enlisting an attorney’s help is critical, especially because the SSA is strict about screening SSDI applicants. Speak with an attorney at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana today by calling (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may work on your behalf.

2 people injured in Indianapolis vehicular accident

Two people recently sustained personal injuries in a vehicular accident that happened in Indianapolis, an article of reported on September 27.

Reports revealed that around 5:30 a.m., an accident happened in the vicinity of Banner Drive and Washington Street, not far from the state’s international airport. One of the victims, only identified as a woman, was extracted from her vehicle and was listed in serious condition when she was brought to the hospital. A person from another vehicle received medical attention at the crash scene but did not seek hospitalization. A picture taken by the Wayne Township Fire department showed the driver’s side and front of the vehicle involved in the mishap were heavily damaged. Authorities are still determining the cause of the accident.

If you or a loved one is involved in a vehicular accident, a lawyer may be able to help you obtain treatment funds by pursuing damage claims against negligent parties. Speak with a lawyer at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana today by calling (800) 520-3633, to learn more about your options.

Thousands of Black+Decker products that may cause injury recalled in the US

Approximately 560,000 units of potentially defective Black+Decker electric vacuum blower and mulchers in the U.S. are being recalled due to a defect that could cause injuries to intended users, a September 13 article of reported.

According to the recall, if the fan cover suddenly detaches, the appliance may cause laceration injuries to users. The Maryland-based company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) were notified of four incidents involving the recalled products that resulted in laceration injuries to fingers. Black+Decker will address the problem by repairing the units for free. Individuals who own the recalled blowers were advised to refrain from use and contact Black+Decker for a free repair kit.

In Indiana alone, the attorneys at the Hankey Law Office understand that many people have to deal with a great financial loss after sustaining injuries from defective products. However, if this happens to you, we may be able to offer you legal options to help you obtain the compensation you need for recovery. Find out how we can work on your behalf today by calling (800) 520-3633.

Eight injured in multiple pileup involving semi-trailer truck

A recent vehicular pileup in Monroe County, Indiana resulted to eight persons sustaining injuries, an article of reported on September 2.

Reports revealed that seven vehicles, including a semi-truck, were involved in the accident on the north lane of State Road 37. The initial collision was reportedly caused by the semi-truck, which struck one vehicle, lost control, and hit an additional five other vehicles. Though reports confirmed that eight persons were injured, only two were only taken to a hospital. A blood sample was voluntarily drawn from the semi truck driver to find out if intoxication was a factor in the crash. The multiple pileups resulted in the temporary closure of State Road 37 as crews remove accident debris on the road.

In the tough situation that you were involved in a truck accident, working with a skilled personal injury attorney is important if you are seeking financial assistance for your recovery. Get in touch with an Indiana attorney of the Hankey Law Office today by calling (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your legal options.

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.

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