Services that your long-term disability lawyer can provide

Unfortunately, many people sustain disabling injuries that force them to deal with long-term disabilities. Due to the physical issues and financial burdens that a long-term disability can have, many people find themselves struggling to maintain their quality of life. Fortunately, there are resources available to people in this situation, including the help of a long-term disability lawyer. A long-term disability lawyer can advocate for people who are unable to work due to serious illness or injury, in addition to providing the following help:

  • Helping claimants meet and deal with unexpected deadlines and unknown requirements that could prevent inexperienced claimants from collecting much-needed disability payments.
  • Claimants locate and organize the necessary medical and financial documents.
  • Guide a person through the appeals process, should their disability claim be rejected initially.


Unfortunately, many disabled people who are unable to provide for themselves have a difficult time collecting compensation from their insurance companies. If you need assistance collecting disability insurance in Indiana, contact Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633.

SSA announces benefit statistics

Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration announced that disabled and retired Americans receiving social security benefits will not see an increase or decrease in benefits in 2011.  This marks the second year in a row social security benefits have remained at the same rate.

Along with the announcement the SSA released some statistics concerning social security benefits.  A total of 58.7 million people in the United States receive social security benefits of some form.  53.5 million of these are social security recipients and 7.9 million are supplementary security income recipients.  2.7 million people in the country receive both types of benefits.

Social security disability insurance is usually awarded to people with temporary disabilities and supplementary security income to people who are unable to work because of a more permanent disability.  The average monthly social security payment is $1, 072 and the average monthly SSI payment is $499.

If you or someone you love needs to file for either SSDI or SSI, contact the Indiana long-term disability filing attorneys of Hankey Law Office P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.

What are the minimum standards required by ERISA?

When ERISA was passed in the 1974, it established a set of minimum standards meant to protect individuals covered by health care and pension plans.

These standards include the following:

  • Provide individuals with information about their coverage.
  • Give individuals benefits like the right to sue.

With these protections in place, individuals have some guarantee that they will be treated fairly.

If you believe your that ERISA protections have been violated, contact the Indiana ERISA lawyer of the Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633.

Veterans' Groups Concerned About Interpretation of the Law

With last year’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), veteran’s groups believed it would be easier for wounded soliders to receive prompt and efficient treatment for their wounds because of the new government system for rating and evaluating injuries.

Sources close to the issue now say that the government’s interpretation of the act may limit care for some wounded veterans. The main issue is the definition of “combat-related operations” which may exclude certain individuals due to the loose interpretation of the term. Veteran’s groups are hoping that a clearer and broader definition of combat-related operations can be agreed upon so that more individuals can receive the care they need.

For assistance with your disability claim, contact the Indiana long-term disability attorneys of the Hankey Law Office at 317-634-8565 today.

Woman Ordered to Repay $40K in Fraudulent Benefits

A woman from Maryland has been ordered to pay back $40,000 she admitted to receiving fraudulently from an insurance company between 1999 to 2005.

48 year-old Melody Ann Silver pleaded guilty December 1 to one count of felony theft. Judge Gordon S. McKee III sentenced Silver to five years probation and ordered her to repay the $40,000.

Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Harris alleged that Silver filed regular long-term disability benefits claims after she was injured while working for User Technology Associates. The filings claimed that Silver was no longer working, even though she continued to work from home and earn a salary of more than $60,000.

If you or a loved one has been denied the benefits they deserve, please contact an Indiana Long Term Disability Lawyer of the Hankey Law Office by calling (800) 520-3633.

Woman Denied Benefits Because of Facebook Photos

A woman in Quebec on long-term disability is fighting to have her benefits reinstated after her employer’s insurance company cut them because of photos posted on Facebook.

29 year-old Nathalie Blanchard has been on leave from her job at IBM for the last year and a half after being diagnosed with major depression. She had been receiving monthly benefits from Manulife Insurance. The payments stopped in the fall.

After contacting the insurance company her insurance agents described several pictures Blanchard had posted on the social networking  site Facebook. The photos included one of the woman at a Chippendales bar show, a birthday party and on a beach. Manulife says the photos are evidence that Blanchard is no longer depressed.

Blanchard says that she was just following her doctor’s advice and trying to have fun.

“In the moment I’m happy, but before and after I have the same problems” she said.

If you or a loved one has been denied the benefits they deserve, please contact a Indiana Long Term Disability Lawyer of the Hankey Law Office by calling (800) 520-3633.