Hensley Legal Group Named 2016 Top Workplace

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We are excited to announce that Hensley Legal Group, PC was named as a 2016 Top Workplace by Star Media, WorkplaceDynamics’ local publishing partner.
Top Work Places 2016

If you want to know everything worth knowing about a company, ask the people who work there.

That’s precisely the mantra of WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm that focuses on organizational health and employee engagement. More than 5,000 organizations have turned to WorkplaceDynamics’ Employee Engagement Survey to help them better understand how they are perceived by their own employees.

This year there were 90 Central Indiana companies identified by the survey as Top Workplaces, an increase of five companies over 2015. In the category of Top Small Companies, HLG was listed as #33.

WorkplaceDynamics uses a questionnaire with statements on which employees offer responses on a seven-point scale ranging from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree.”  The survey measures four general categories:

  • Company basics
  • Organizational health
  • Leadership
  • Engagement

“This is a great honor for all of us and for HLG!” Melissa Hartsock enthused with her colleagues upon learning of the repeated honor accorded to HLG. “We do truly work very hard to make this a workplace that you all enjoy coming to every day.”

What employees say

HLG Staff 2015“I am surrounded by people who care about their jobs, their clients, themselves, and me. I am constantly inspired.”

“I love my co-workers. We all get along and enjoy working with and helping each other.”

“I work in an environment that promotes positivity, teamwork, individuality, volunteering and, most of all, family. ”

“The care you feel here is a big reason. Our boss cares for us, we care for one another and we all care for our clients, and subsequently the client(s) really feel that we care about them. ”

“Opportunity and environment. ”

“An attitude survey can best be described as an instrument that attempts to determine employee perceptions of their working environment,” writes John Faure of the Society for Human Resource Management. “Most HR professionals will agree that employee productivity is strongly linked to their perception of their environment and, as the saying goes, perception is reality,” he adds.

Surveys can reveal:

  • Quality of management
  • Effectiveness of compensation and benefits programs
  • Organizational communications issues
  • Safety and health concerns

It’s a special, special honor when employees of any organization express their commitment to their jobs and share their workplace satisfaction.  That honor is even more special when it comes from the employees of a personal injury law firm, where, by definition, clients’ personal tragedies are woven into the work; heartaches, pain and suffering are the stuff of every hour of every workday. We are a helping profession.

In personal injury cases, weeks and months may pass while negotiations take place. During those weeks of waiting, will the clients need ongoing medical care or therapy? Will they be able to return to the full earning power they had before the accident? Our clients are often in a bad situation and must be treated with care.

Employees of our law firm must have the interpersonal skills to hold conversations with every personality type and must be able to inspire trust.  Good listeners? Our employees have to be that and much more. After all, Hensley Legal Group represents individuals and families whose lives have been changed for the worse through no fault of their own.  Perhaps more than at any other time in their lives, those clients need someone to listen and really hear what they are feeling.

Yes, of course we are excited to announce that Hensley Legal Group, PC was named as one of the 2016 Top Workplaces by Star Media as a result of the latest WorkplaceDynamics’ Employee Engagement Survey.  But it’s a special, special honor when it comes from our employees.

Social Security Turns 80 This Month

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Social Security is celebrating its 80th birthday this August.  As is common during any public celebration nowadays, there are always going to be those in the crowd turning the event into a platform to scrutinize the subject.

Social Security has taken a lot of heat politically in the past few years, as anybody even casually watching the news would know.  Numerous politicians have questioned the long-term solvency of the Social Security retirement and disability programs.  Even the writers of House of Cards have seemed to chime in during its third season, with the main character, democratic president Frank Underwood, trying to remove the Social Security structure entirely by replacing it with a program that would instead provide jobs to those unsuccessfully seeking employment. Social Security Birthday Cake

While the writers of House of Cards might not have been attempting to stir any actual political ideas with the plot line, as Frank Underwood would say, it’s a question worth asking. Does Social Security have issues?  Sure, but every federal agency has room for improvement.  Even Social Security’s own actuary tables would indicate that it might be about time for it to seek some assistance and be open to modifications.  But the frequent portrayal that the sky is falling on the Social Security system is a typical attempt to induce panic for self-interested gains instead of a full, transparent disclosure and open discussion of the facts on the matter.

The solvency of Social Security is a definite concern, but the reason that the system is facing such a major issue should also point to issues outside the agency.  The question then becomes:  is the solvency of the Social Security system at stake because it is being forced to externalize the costs of other poor policies that have been promoted in the past 80 years since its birth?  Does Social Security actually need a huge overhaul, or could other policies outside the agency change and in turn help set Social Security back onto a solvent path?  These, too, are questions worth asking.

In the meantime, let’s instead get back to celebrating and appreciate all that Social Security has done to help provide stability to the millions who have depended on it over the years.  What is important to keep in mind is that by providing direct stability to those who need it most, Social Security has provided indirect stability to those who don’t think they need it at all.  That’s because a society without an appropriate social safety net will eventually lead to a mass of citizens whose main concern focuses on survival rather than social order.  Needless to say, that’s when bad things happen.

As we reach America’s 239th year we should take a moment to celebrate Social Security’s birthday, because the former might not have survived without the latter, and after all, the two are family.  If everyone can at least for a moment acknowledge the benefits Social Security provides, then we’re all much more likely to work towards a creative solution to ensuring its longevity.  Its 80th birthday is the perfect time for that to happen.

Spine Disorders That May Qualify for Social Security Disability in Indiana

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You could be eligible to receive Indiana SSI or SSDI benefits if your functional abilities are severely limited and you can no longer work. To learn if you are entitled to Social Security disability benefits, you should speak with a disability attorney in Indianapolis. An attorney can evaluate your case to determine if you are eligible.

One category found under the musculoskeletal listing of impairments is disorders of the spine. If you meet Social Security Administration’s (SSA) criteria, you could be entitled to disability benefits.

These spine disorders may qualify for Social Security disability:

  • vertebral fracture;
  • herniated nucleus pulposus;
  • facet arthritis;
  • spinal arachnoiditis;
  • osteoarthritis;
  • spinal stenosis; and
  • degenerative disc disease.

These spine disorders must also result in the nerve root or the spinal cord being compromised.

When you are suffering from a severe medical condition or injury related to the musculoskeletal system, Indiana SSI and SSDI benefits may be available. To learn if you qualify and how you can improve your chance at having your application for disability benefits approved, you should speak with a disability attorney in Indianapolis as soon as possible.

A Helping Hand from Disability Attorney in Indianapolis

When you have complications with your Social Security disability benefits claim, the help of a disability attorney in Indianapolis is crucial to getting the assistance you need. In order to get back on track with your Social Security benefits claim, order a copy of our complimentary book, 8 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits, then contact a Social Security attorney at the Hensley Legal Group for a no-cost consultation – (317) 472-3333.

Extension of Trial Work Period in Your Indiana Social Security Disability Case

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Although you may receive Social Security disability benefits, you could be required to engage in a trial work period, which tests your ability to work. Your benefits will not stop at this time. If you have questions concerning your claim, then you may need help from a Social Security disability lawyer.

Once you have completed the trial work period, if your disability benefits end because you were able to work at the substantial gainful activity (SGA), your benefits may be automatically reinstated.
You won’t even need to fill out a new application.

However, this can only happen if your earnings drop below the SGA level during any month. The reinstatement will extend for 36 consecutive months, after you have completed the trial work period. In addition to your earnings falling under the SGA level for any particular month, it must also be demonstrated that you continue to have a disabling impairment.

An attorney in Indiana, particularly Indianapolis, who handles Social Security disability claims, can help if you have concerns or questions about your ability to engage in a trial work period while disabled. Or if your application for disability benefits was denied, then an attorney can also help.

A Helping Hand from a Social Security Disability Lawyer

When you have complications with your Social Security disability benefits claim, the help of an attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana, is crucial to getting the assistance you need. In order to get back on track with your Social Security benefits claim, order a copy of our complimentary book, 8 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits, then contact a Social Security attorney at the Hensley Legal Group for a no-cost consultation at (317) 472-3333.

Waiting for Social Security Disability Benefits in Indianapolis

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When you’ve become disabled and are unable to perform your job to the best of your ability or are left out of your job completely, you may need to apply for Social Security disability benefits. Considering your impairment may leave you without your annual income, you may want to acquire the assistance of a Social Security disability attorney in Indianapolis.

Waiting for Your Social Security Claim to be Approved

It can take your claim an average of 3-5 months just to be approved
. The process as a whole may seem to take forever, considering you have to fill out forms and gather documents that show you’re disabled from work and how long your impairment will last. Once you get approved, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll start to receive benefits right away.

It can get tricky because no one knows what the future holds with your type of disability. They can only guess based on average statistics of the severity of your disability.  [Read more…]

Changes to Social Security List of Impairments Could Affect Your Claim

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In August 2010, the Social Security Administration posted changes to its listing of impairments. This is important for those seeking Social Security disability benefits because it may open up eligibility for those who may previously have been denied.

The changes to Social Security’s listing of impairments deal with speech and other special senses, such as sight and hearing.
The most up-to-date version of the listing is also helpful because it includes the medical evidence that will be required for those seeking Social Security disability benefits for these conditions.

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