Ann Trzynka and David Van Gilder presented on the topic of Workers Compensation and the interplay between work injuries and Social Security Disability on March 9, 2017, in Fort Wayne. Sterling Education organized the day-long seminar and invited Van Gilder and Trzynka to share their expertise. David has been representing clients in workers compensation since 1990. Ann handles Social Security disability claims at all administrative levels of review and in federal district court.
On September 16 and September 17, 2016, Attorney Ann Trzynka and Attorney Lindsay Davenport attended a social security disability conference in Chicago, Illinois. The conference offered important practice tips and information to attorneys who assist their clients with appealing unfavorable hearing decisions. We will not give up when our clients receive an unfavorable hearing level decision. Our firm handles cases at the appeals council and federal district court levels. If you have received an unfavorable hearing level decision in the last 60 days, you have the option to appeal. Call us to discuss your legal options today.
Van Gilder & Trzynka often engages in difficult litigation that other attorneys will not handle, and that means we have worked on many cases in the Indiana Court of Appeals. The firm recently won an appellate decision in a hard-fought medical case by using the medical provider’s own testimony to establish the standard of care and showing that the provider likely violated that standard. In our many years of litigation experience we have seen that the law is not static – we must always push to achieve a good result for our clients.
Indiana is among states with the most difficult climate for an injured patient to pursue a malpractice claim against a medical provider. This year the Indiana General Assembly passed a bill to raise the cap on damages for the first time in twenty years. The legislation, SB28, Increases the maximum amount recoverable for an injury or a death of a patient in a medical malpractice action from $1,250,000 to $1,650,000 after June 30, 2017. Increases the maximum amount recoverable from a health care provider in a medical malpractice action from $250,000 to $400,000 after June 30, 2017. Further increases will take effect in 2019. Many people call Van Gilder & Trzynka to ask about injuries they believe were caused by medical negligence. The firm does help these callers understand the law, investigate their claims, and pursue remedies if appropriate.
Ann Trzynka will become chairperson of the board for Lutheran Social Services of Indiana in April 2016. She has served the board as vice chair this past year and as a member since 2011. Ann will lead the board in “the important mission of expressing the love of Jesus Christ for all people through services that empower individuals and families to move toward social, emotional, and spriritual wholeness.” Ann’s focus at Van Gilder & Trzynka is on assisting individuals to obtain disability benefits, which also contributes to the empowerment of individuals and families.
Ann Trzynka recently spoke to the Allen County Bar Association regarding Medicaid and Social Security Disability Issues for Estate Planners. Ann’s presentation focused on basic Disability criteria, Disabled Adult Child Claims, and the distinctions between Chapter II (Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits) and Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income).
Ann’s practice is focused almost exclusively on Social Security representation from Initial Claims through the various Appeal levels. Rounding out the Van Gilder & Trzynka Social Security team are Attorney Lindsay Davenport and Legal Assistant Susannah Chadwell.
Andrew Simmons has recently been named to the Board of the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indians. He had also been named Co-Chairperson of the Programs Committee.
The Planned Giving Council is comprised of charitable gift planning professionals whose goal is to educate and promote charitable giving in Northeast Indiana.
Andrew is also a Board member of Camp Watcha Wanna Do, a non profit organization committed to enhancing the lives of children living with cancer.
Indiana has enacted the Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable (CARE) Act, effect as of January 1, 2016. CARE is designed to ease a patient’s transition from hospital to home. The law provides:
- Hospital patients or their health care representative can designate a friend or family member as a lay caregiver. A health care representative may also serve as a lay caregiver.
- Prior to a patient’s discharge from the hospital, hospital staff will prepare a home care plan that describes the patient’s post-hospitalization needs. Home care plans may include instructions for medical tasks such as dressing wounds or managing medications.
- If necessary, hospital staff may provide the lay caregiver with a live or recorded demonstration of the care described in the patient’s home care plan.
- You are not obligated to appoint a lay caregiver and the designation of a lay caregiver does not obligate that individual to perform any in-home care.
Andrew Simmons at Van Gilder & Trzynka can answer questions about how the appointment of a lay caregiver can be part of your overall Estate planning.
Ann Trzynka presents at NOSSCR Conference regarding attorney ethics and evidence submission in Social Security disability claims
In October 2015 the National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives (NOSSCR) held a four-day conference in Denver, Colorado. The NOSSCR conferences include continuing legal education programs on topics related to Social Security Disability. At the Denver conference, Ms. Trzynka spoke and co-authorized materials for a session entitled New Evidence Submission Rules, Fulfilling Ethical Obligations, and Avoiding Sanctions. Ms. Trzynka’s presentation addressed attorney ethical obligations and new SSA rules effective April 2015 concerning the submission of evidence in Social Security Disability claims. Co-presenters included Kansas attorney and former SSA administrative law judge, Jennifer Fisher, and Iowa attorney Timothy Tripp.