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.

Millions of Clorox products with faulty childproof caps recalled

An estimated 5.4 million bottles of liquid clog removers from The Clorox Company are being recalled because of their potentially faulty caps, a July 14 article of cpsc.gov reported.

According to reports, the 17 oz bottles of Liquid Plumr Pro-Strength Foaming Clog Fighter, Pro-Strength Urgent Clear, and Industrial Strength Urgent Clear may have faulty child-resistant caps. The bottles contain strong chemical solutions that can cause irritation, burn injuries, and other serious injuries if children remove its red cap cover. The Poison Prevention Packaging Act requires products to have child-resistant covers or packaging if they contain sodium hydroxide. The Clorox Company was notified of 221 incidents of leaking bottles and eight faulty cover reports. Clorox does not know of any injuries involving the recalled products. Consumers were told to keep products away from children’s reach and notify Clorox for a refund.

The attorneys at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana understand that many families are left with a great financial loss when their children sustain injuries in accidents. If you were the victim of a recalled product, we may be able to help you receive compensation. Call our office today at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your options.

Understanding Social Security video teleconferencing

Disabled individuals in Indiana who are summoned by a Social Security judge may consider video teleconferencing (VTC), especially if it is highly inconvenient for them to appear in court due to their condition.

Like typical hearings, VTC enables individuals to clearly see and hear other participants through colored screen monitors. Individuals using VTC can actually see and interact with the judge and other hearing participants. VTC is a convenient way for individuals to present themselves in a hearing without going to a physical court. Individuals should note that VTC is highly secured and the Social Security Administration (SSA) only records conversations, not video footage. 

If you want more information regarding Social Security benefits, including how to file for disability benefits in Indiana, get in touch with an attorney at the Hankey Law Office. Find out how we may legally assist you in your application or appeal today by calling (800) 520-3633.

2 critically injured in Noblesville accident

At least two individuals in Noblesville are in critical condition due to the injuries they sustained in a recent two-vehicle accident, an article of Fox 59 reported on June 23.

According to reports, the vehicle of two surveyors was parked in the 14800 block of southbound SR 37 when it was struck by another vehicle. The two surveyors of Certified Engineering, Inc. were identified as Derek Knowling, 31, and Brian Rees, 59. Both men were standing outside the vehicle and sustained serious injuries from the collision. The driver who caused the collision was later identified as 72-year-old Timothy Osburn. Reports confirmed that Knowling and Rees were in critical condition when they were transported to the hospital, while Osburn sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The attorneys at Hankey Law Office represent the people of Indiana who have sustained injuries in a car accident. We believe that families should be entitled to compensation if negligent parties are liable for their accident. Speak with us today by calling 317-634-8565 to find out how we can help you recover from your loss.

New vehicle accident law takes effect in Indiana

Starting this July, a new motorist accident law in Indiana will take effect in an attempt to reduce the chances of involving more vehicles after a crash, a June 6 article of wbiw.com reported.

Under the Indiana Code 9-26-1-1.2, drivers who have been involved in road crashes are required to move their vehicles, if possible, to the side of the road to keep other vehicles from getting involved in the crash. Such vehicles should remain close to the crash scene. The law does not apply if severe personal injuries, deaths, or a vehicle containing hazardous materials are involved in the accident. The law contradicts the typical advice of insurance companies to wait for authorities to arrive before moving vehicles. The law was enacted to prevent secondary accidents caused by an initial collision, which account for 22% of crashes in Indiana.

Being involved in an accident often results in serious or fatal injuries. If you or a loved one were involved in a serious accident, enlisting the help of a qualified personal injury attorney is important. Especially if you will need compensation for recovery, an Indiana attorney at the Hankey Law Office may be able to work for you. Discuss your legal options by calling (317) 634-8565.

New York man nearly loses his home after SSDI delay

A delay on a man’s Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in Port Washington, New York almost resulted in his family losing their home to foreclosure.

Mitch Cohen, once a successful electrical engineer, was his family’s primary breadwinner when he became unable to work after a serious heart attack. Cohen applied for his disability benefits after losing his job and began receiving monthly payments in January of this year. After a favorable hearing stating that his benefits are deserved, Cohen was still owed over $60,000 worth of back-benefits from the years he received no monthly payments. Social Security finally deposited Cohen’s back-benefits six years after he lost his job. Cohen stated he will use the money he received to get out of debt.

The lawyers at the Hankey Law Office understand that many people in Indiana experience similar difficulties when their SSDI payments are delayed. If you or someone you know has an issue receiving benefits, we may be able to assist you in obtaining them. Call our office at 317-634-8565 to learn more about your options.

Recall of thousands of outdoor flashlights that may catch fire

Wichita-based outdoor accessories company Coleman is recalling an estimated 8,500 flashlights that may cause burn injuries to intended users as it suddenly catches fire, an April 12 report of cpsc.gov stated.

According to the recall, the lithium-ion batteries of Coleman “CTAC Lithium-Ion Flashlights” may produce excessive heat and eventually catch fire. Though Coleman has not been notified of any injuries, two complaints involving the recalled flashlights were related to property damage. Consumers are advised to look for the model number printed on the handle of the 6.5 inch flashlight to find out if it is part of the recall. To address the issue, Coleman is instructing consumers to return the recalled products to receive a refund.

The lawyers of the Hankey Law Office in Indiana represent people who have been injured as a result of using defective products. We strongly believe that negligent parties should compensate individuals who have been injured by poorly made products. If you think this as happened to you or to a loved one, call us today at (317) 634-8565 to find out how we may work on your behalf.

Federal assistance available for individuals who have AIDS or HIV

It can be a difficult time when a person is diagnosed with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). However, individuals suffering from such medical conditions should know that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has programs to help them with costly treatments and medications.

Individuals who have such conditions may apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). When HIV infection progresses to AIDS, individuals who have such illnesses can no longer perform income generating jobs if they suffer disabling symptoms such as severe or unexplained fatigue, rapid weight loss, pneumonia, or even mental disorders. The two SSA programs were created to assist people with HIV or AIDS in order to sustain financial support for their medical bills. Though applying for benefits is often an easy task, many people unfortunately are being turned down due to insufficient evidence to support their claims.

While overcoming the hardships that stem from your illness, whether it is HIV or AIDS, enlisting a lawyer can be an essential step when applying or appealing for your Social Security benefits. Find out how a lawyer at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana may be able to help you today by calling (317) 634-8565.

Driver in Fairmount fatal accident facing charges

The intoxicated vehicle driver involved in a recent accident that killed three Manchester University students and critically injuring another is facing charges in Grant County, The Washington Times reported on February 22.

Reports said that Deangelo Evans, 26, was charged with several counts of homicide and another count of causing serious bodily injury in a vehicular accident. On February 21, Evans was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he was involved in an accident on Interstate 69 that killed three international students. The victims reportedly were on the roadside while changing a flat tire on their vehicle when they were struck by Evans. A fourth victim is still being treated in a Fort Wayne Hospital due to critical injuries.

The entire team at the Hankey Law Office extends their deepest condolences to the family and friends of those affected by this tragic car accident.

Does the Social Security Department monitor disabled individuals?

While the Social Security Administration (SSA) has a program to support disabled individuals, SSDI beneficiaries should know that their condition will be monitored periodically to determine if they still qualify for the benefits they are receiving. The SSA review its beneficiaries based on their assumed recovery period:

  • Beneficiaries who are “expected” to recover from their disabilities may be reviewed by the SSA between six and eighteen months after receiving benefits.
  • Beneficiaries who may “possibly” recover from their disabilities may be reviewed by the SSA after three years of receiving benefits.
  • Beneficiaries who are “not expected” to recover from their disabilities may be reviewed by the SSA after seven years of receiving benefits.

SSDI beneficiaries should understand that their benefits may be stopped if the SSA finds out that they have recovered from their disabilities.

The lawyers of the Hankey Law Office provide legal assistance to individuals who are applying for or appealing decisions regarding their SSDI benefits. Call our office today at (317) 634-8565 to learn more about how we can help you through this complex process.