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The Value Of Telling The Truth

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Apr 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Clients often ask me what they should and should not do during their Social Security disability hearings. There are some specifics, of course, but the main thing is always the same: tell the truth. Fortunately, most clients take this to heart and are honest when testifying. Some, however, sabotage their cases with a careless mistruth.

A Broken Network And A Broken Bond

The importance of being straightforward and honest has really struck me lately. My internet service provider, Cox Communications, started having trouble with

We Never Met A Lie We Did Not Tell

their network sixteen days ago.  It's so bad that it prevents me from doing the work I need to represent my clients.  OK, so things fall apart and we move on. In a world locked down by a virus, slow internet service is hardly a critical issue.

The problem I have is that Cox repeatedly lied to me about the nature of the problem and when it would be repaired, if ever. They give ever-shifting explanations about what is wrong. They make up phony timelines for when the service will be back. Yesterday a Cox representative told me that the outage would be over at 10:18 PM. Not 10:19 nor 10:20-10:18. Of course, that time came and went and nothing changed. A week ago a Cox representative told me the problem would be fixed at 3:30. Today, a Cox representative told me the problem would be repaired at . . . . you guessed it: 3:30.

A Lesson For Us All

There is a lesson in this for all of us, me especially. I have to recommit to being honest with my Social Security disability clients. I need to be straight with them

The Choice Is Yours

about how slow the process is. I cannot give them false hopes about getting a resolution of their claims by any particular date when I cannot be sure that is the case.

It hurts to be lied to by the people you depend on. It seems that in these times everyone from the President down to the person answering the telephone at Cox communications thinks that lying is perfectly fine.

We can do better. I will certainly try to be as honest as I can.  Who knows? Maybe I'll start a trend.

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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