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A Few Bad Apples

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Jun 02, 2015 | 0 Comments

There is an unfortunate tendency of people in any industry to close ranks and deny there is anything wrong.  No matter how awful it might look from the outside, the people making their living off of some endeavour are always going to defend it.  I guess the fear is that admitting there are problems calls the entire enterprise into question. That does not help anything. So, it's important to admit when things go wrong. In the world of Social Security disability, it looks like that is just what happened in Kentucky.  Perhaps is was simple fate that a lawyer with the last name of Conn stands accused of fraud. Nothing has been settled yet, but the allegations against Eric C. Conn of Stanville, KY look pretty bad.  The Feds think that Conn wrote medical opinions and got doctors to sign them.  Worse still, there is a suggestion that one of the Administrative Law Judges, a fellow named David B. Daugherty, could also be dirty.  Judge Daugherty approved many of Conn's cases. Judge Daugherty deposited cash on several occasions and cannot explain the source of the money. In one rotten scandal we have a lawyer, doctors, and a judge. But, none of these seems likely to suffer any real consequences. The big losers here are those received disability benefits. SSA has decided to cut off their payments. If any of these disability beneficiaries still wants to collect, he or she has to prove he or she is disabled.  Conn had more than $20,000,000 in fees. Daugherty is collecting his pension. But the people getting $800 a month are the ones who have to go to court. A story like this has no good news. That makes it pretty damn hard to pretend that all is well and good in the valley.  Imagine my chances of dissuading somebody who thinks the whole disability program is a crooked racket. 

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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