Importance of getting a lawyer when appealing an LTD claim

Though it is a frustrating experience when a person’s long term disability insurance (LTD) claim has been denied, applicants should not lose hope. The next step after this denial is to file an appeal in order to have your claim re-evaluated for approval.

As a disabled person appealing the decision regarding your LTD benefits, it is crucial that you enlist the help of a skilled lawyer who knows the ins and outs of  Social Security law. Because an applicant will have a limited number of appeals, it will be essential for you to get your application just right. A qualified lawyer will be able to help you strengthen your claim to benefits by organizing and presenting the information properly.

The lawyers of the Hankey Law Office work with people in Indiana who have been denied their much-deserved long term disability insurance benefits. If this sounds like your situation, we may be able to help you deal with the complex appeals process. To discuss your case with one of our attorney and learn more about your legal options, call us today at (800) 520-3633.


Obesity interpreted as disability under ADA

Over the past decades, obesity has become a rapidly-growing problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30% of this country’s adults are considered obese.

People who are coping with obesity have difficulty with everyday tasks that everyone else takes for granted. Something as simple as walking a short distance can become an arduous task for someone suffering from obesity. Recently, there has been an increased push to recognize obesity as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Under this law, employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for people who have disabilities. Accommodations can be as simple as a closer parking spot.

If you are living with obesity and feel as though you are being discriminated against at work because of your disability, contact the long-term disability attorneys of Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633.


National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is July

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 25 percent of adult Americans suffer from a mental illness. Many minorities are unlikely to report these kinds of conditions and even less likely to seek benefits that could make living with a mental illness less difficult.

There are many mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, can qualify a person for Supplemental Security Income benefits. Mental illnesses are often long-term disabilities, staying with a person for the rest of their life.

If you have become disabled due to a mental condition, the Social Security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office, can help you seek benefits. Contact them at (800) 520-3633.


Motorcyclists ride to raise money for autism

Motorcyclists in Indiana rode last Saturday to raise money for children who are struggling with autism.

The ride was sponsored by the Cornerstone Autism Foundation, an organization that helps children who are living with autism. The foundation will use the funds raised to purchase iPads for autistic kids.

Some families have already discovered the vast benefits iPads can have on autistic children. Some children with the disorder are nonverbal, making it difficult for parents and other caregivers to communicate with them. Using an iPad, they may be able to better communicate with their parents.

Autism is a serious disability that can potentially prevent a person from working. If you or someone you know has autism and cannot work, they may be eligible for SSDI benefits. Contact the long-term  disability attorneys of the Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633 to learn more.


Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

June is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month in the United States. Myasthenia gravis is a rare neuromuscular condition that affects an estimated 20 people out of every 100,000 Americans.

This autoimmune disorder leads to severe muscular weakness caused by antibodies that block neurological signals to the muscles. It can cause droopy eyelids, general muscular weakness, difficulty chewing and swallowing, and blurred vision, among other potentially devastating symptoms.

The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) aims to increase awareness of this rare condition and work towards a cure. At present time, there is no cure, but treatments are available.

When a severe condition such as myasthenia gravis takes away your ability to work, you may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. If you have such a condition, contact the Indianapolis Social Security disability attorneys of the Hankey Law Office, at 317-634-8565


Veterans seeking more disability benefits than ever before

The veterans of the post-9/11 wars are reporting disabilities in record numbers. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is experiencing a great deal of difficulty keeping up with all of the new claims.

Part of the reason for this is that veterans are now reporting, on average, eight or nine ailments each, ranging from concussions to PTSD. Another reason for the drastic increase in veteran disability claims is that many of the soldiers who sustain injuries that would have been fatal in the past are surviving, but suffering traumatic injuries.

More than 560,000 US veterans have their disability claims older than 125 days that have yet to be approved or denied.

If you are a veteran and have gained a long-term disability while serving your country, contact the Indiana long-term disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633.


May is National Stroke Awareness Month

This month is national stroke awareness month.

Stroke is a major cause of serious, long-term disabilities. It ranks as the third-highest cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancers.

To help raise awareness for strokes and women’s health, the Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region’s Spirit of Women program put on a presentation called “Don’t Have a Stroke” in Chesterton on Thursday, and the presentation will also occur in both Dyer and Crown Point on the 23rd. The event will teach women of their risk factors for stroke and changes they can make to prevent it.

If you have become disabled after having a stroke, contact the Indiana long-term disability lawyers from the Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633.