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

Social Security Administration releases list of most popular baby names

The Social Security Administration has released its list of the most popular baby names for Indiana and nationwide.

The state’s most popular baby name for boys was Mason, with more than 500 boys given the name in 2011. It was followed by Elijah, William, Noah, and Liam. Nationwide, the most common boy name was Jacob.

The most popular girl name for the year in Indiana was Emma, with the name given to 450 newborns. Other popular names for girls included Olivia, Isabella, and Ava. Nationwide, Sophia was the most popular name for baby girls.

The data was gathered from new Social Security card applications filled out last year.


Social Security to phase out paper checks

Starting next March, all government benefit payments will be disbursed electronically. The transition has already been in the works for months. Electronic disbursement will replace individually mailed checks, saving on paper costs.

Beneficiaries will have the option to have their funds deposited directly into their bank accounts or onto debit cards they will receive.

While 90% of beneficiaries already receive their benefits electronically, many of the remaining 10% are elderly or disabled people who may have trouble adjusting to the new technologies. There is concern that many of them will lose track of their finances if they don’t receive physical checks. By next March, all beneficiaries will have to switch to electronic statements unless they receive a special waiver.

If you need Social Security benefits, the Indiana Social Security disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office, can help you. Contact our experienced attorneys at (800) 520-3633 to learn more.

High unemployment leads to more disability claims

The high unemployment rate and the poor economy are factors contributing to the increase in Social Security Disability benefits claims being filed across the United States. Disabled workers are finding that the job market is much slimmer for them due to their disabilities.

Individuals who have lost their jobs may turn to disability benefits to help them during this difficult time. The number of people who have filed for these benefits in 2011 compared to 2008  rose by almost 1 million people. It is common to see this increase during a recession as recent patterns have suggested.

The amount paid to individuals whose claims were approved averages out to $1,070 per month. The amount a person receives is directly related to the amount of money they contributed through the Social Security payroll tax.

If you need assistance filing a Social Security Disability claim, please contact the Indianapolis social security attorneys of the Hankey Law Office by calling 317-634-8565 today.