Injured Homan Lumber employee continues recovery

A lumber employee who was recently injured at his workplace continues to make progress and recover, according to his relatives.

49-year-old Tommy Woods of Elkhart was taken to the IU Health Methodist Hospital on February 15 when a piece of wood flew into his face after the safety guards of the machine he was using malfunctioned. Woods reportedly sustained several broken bones in his face, including a cheekbone, nose, and jaw. His sister said Tommy could still lose his hearing and is still in need of a feeding tube to eat. These injuries have seriously affected the family, according to his sister, and costs will continue to grow with continued care and therapy.

The family has currently set up a bank account and a Facebook page for those who want to make a donation for Tommy’s medical bills.

Sustaining serious injuries, such as the one Woods has suffered from, can cause both long and short term disabilities. In these situations, you may be able to collect disability benefits that can substantially help with your finances. To understand your legal options in these situations, speak with a lawyer from the Hankey Law Office, P.C., by calling (317) 634-8565.

Women more likely to become disabled

A new study by The American College reveals that women, whether they are stay-at-home moms or employed full-time, are more physically and financially at risk if they were to become disabled.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women of working age and older are more likely than men to experience a debilitating condition. Arthritis, which occurs twice as much in women, is the most common form of disability among adults.

From 1999 to 2009, the Social Security Administration saw a 72 percent increase of women applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, compared to 42 percent of men. Women are also less likely to be covered by their employer’s disability insurance.

If you have questions about degenerative arthritis and disability, contact the disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565.