Howard Ankin opposes Social Security budget proposal

A little-known wrinkle in President Obama’s most recent budget proposal could have a significant impact on millions of disabled workers. The proposed change would prohibit individuals who receive disability benefits from also receiving unemployment benefits. Supporters of the proposal say it would save nearly $3.2 billion over 10 years. Opponents of the change say it […]

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Back pain the worldwide leading cause of disability

According to new research, lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. The study was conducted by researchers in Australia and the United States. The research team reviewed disability statistics from more than 187 countries from 1990 to 2010. They found that more than one-third of disability cases are caused by lower back […]

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Howard Ankin supports Social Security Compassionate Allowances program

On Jan. 15, the Social Security Administration added 25 new diseases to its list of qualified conditions for its Compassionate Allowances program. The Compassionate Allowances program gives individuals with certain conditions fast-track status so their disability claims can be approved in days rather than weeks or months. Chicago attorney Howard Ankin says the fast-track claims […]

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Howard Ankin supports effort to inform women on signs of stroke

A new study in Stroke Journal from the American Heart Association says that many women can’t accurately identify the signs of a stroke. That lack of stroke awareness could prevent women from getting effective treatment and may lead to serious consequences like death or disability. Chicago attorney Howard Ankin has experience helping stroke victims obtain […]

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Attorney Howard Ankin supports proposed ride-sharing service ordinance

Attorney Howard Ankin has lent his support to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed ordinance to regulate Chicago’s ride-sharing services in the same way that taxis are regulated. Mr. Ankin said that he agrees with Mayor Emanuel’s assessment that ride-sharing services have operated in a “regulatory vacuum” and he worries that the vacuum could expose passengers to […]

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Howard Ankin supports OSHA’s increased focus on tower worker safety

Chicago attorney Howard Ankin has voiced his support for the recent actions by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to improve the safety for cellular tower workers. He says tower workers perform one of the country’s most dangerous jobs and that immediate action is needed to prevent further injury or death. On Feb. 11, OSHA […]

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Howard Ankin supports Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Chicago lawyer Howard Ankin stands firmly behind Prevent Blindness as the organization declares March to be Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Says Mr. Ankin, “I have seen the damage and disability that can be caused by blindness and I support any effort to increase eye wellness.” The move comes on the heels of a study from […]

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Attorney Howard Ankin supports efforts to fight Social Security fraud

Chicago attorney Howard Ankin says he supports one Congressman’s efforts to reduce Social Security fraud. Representative Sam Graves, a Republican from Missouri, introduced legislation on March 5 that would target fraud within the Social Security Disability Insurance program. The new legislation expands the Cooperative Disability Investigations program, which combines resources at both the state and […]

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