Judges working hard to make it through huge Social Security case backlog

When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you should know that you are beginning a long process and my not see any results for as long at 635 days.

Social Security courts are logged with thousands of cases. Poor economic times and aging baby boomers are putting a huge strain on the the Social Security Administration’s ability to quickly make it through its immense backlog. However, the administration is making strides to improve the speed at which it makes decision and is hoping to clear out its backlog of cases that are older than 310 days.

Even if the SSA wants cases to move more quickly, it does not mean your benefits are more likely to be approved. Social Security disability benefit approval rates vary wildly across individual judges. Some judges approve as high at 99 percent of Social Security disability benefit claims while others only approve a mere 5 percent of the claims they hear. Oftentimes, disability benefits are denied because a claimant wasn’t completely prepared to prove their claim to the judge.

If you are looking to apply for long-term disability benefits, you will want to work with someone who can help you gather and present the evidence you need to have your claim approved the first time. Contact the Social Security disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office, to learn more.


Indiana passes youth football concussion law

Indiana has joined the ranks of 37 other states that have introduced laws to prevent injuries from repeat concussions in youth athletes, particularly football players.

The laws, collectively known as Zackery Lystedt Laws, became popular to protect youth athletes after a young boy, Zackery Lystedt, suffered a concussion during a game, but continued to play. He later collapsed on the field and needed two brain surgeries to fully recover from his injuries.

Indiana’s law, SB 93, requires parents to sign a form showing they understand the risk of concussions. It also prohibits players who are suspected of suffering a head injury from being put back in the game. They cannot play again until they pass an evaluation from a medical professional.

Repeated concussions can lead to strokes, which can lead to serious disabilities. If you have become disabled after suffering a stroke and need help seeking disability benefits, contact the long-term disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633.


Rural Indiana to be hit hard by decrease in Social Security

Rural areas of states will be hit the hardest by cuts in Social Security. This fact has been determined by studies which show that rural areas have a greater amount of people who are receiving Social Security benefits than urban areas of the state.

Local stores, restaurants and businesses would be negatively impacted because their loyal customers would not have as much money to spend on their services. Indiana’s urban areas have 17 percent of their population receiving Social Security benefits and in the rural area that number increases to 21 percent.

According to research, the reasons for the increase in rural areas are that young individuals usually reside in cities and more rural residents receive disability benefits.

If you need assistance regarding Social Security disability benefits, please contact the Indianapolis Social Security Disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office by calling 317-634-8565 today.