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Can't Speak English? Too Bad, Says Social Security

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Feb 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Until now, Social Security took into account a person's ability to speak English when determining if that person could hold a job. This does not seem like a radical idea. Logically, the inability to speak English is going to eliminate all manner of employment opportunities. In my experience, the lack of English speaking abilities was never the deciding factor in a claimant's Social Security disability case. Rather, it was just one more factor, and rarely the issue that determined the outcome of a case.

Too Logical To Last

Perhaps because considering whether a person speaks English is logical, Social Security had to change their rules. The regulations are going to eliminate the ability to speak English as a factor in Social Security disability cases. This becomes effective on April 27, 2020. I'm sure that Social Security concocted enough

The Rules, They Are A Changing

ostensible reasons for this change to push it through. They likely have reams of documents and expert opinions. That said, it's hard not to see the hand of racism pushing this new regulation forward.

Mere Coincidence?

Is it mere coincidence that Social Security is taking a step that punishes non-English speakers at this time? It just so happens that this will make it harder for say, Spanish speakers, to get government benefits? I'm sure that's the case and there is no connection to other government actions designed to make it harder for non-English speakers to get assistance.

Time will tell what effect this change will have. It seems very likely that it will result in many more Spanish-speaking Social Security disability claimants being denied. I hate to think that this is the precise reason for Social Security to change its regulations. But, it sure looks that way.


About the Author

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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