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Walking Your Way To Benefits?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Dec 09, 2015 | 0 Comments

I had a hearing this week with a woman who had all sorts of problems with her spine. We had the MRI reports and the X-rays and the doctors's opinions. But the case turned on a simple question from the judge: What position gives you the most relief? The woman replied that walking was best for her.  I saw a moment of recognition and delight on the judge's face.  "A number of medical experts have told me," the judge said, "that you know you are dealing with a person whose

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back problems are legit if she says that walking provides relief." I had never heard of this, despite blogging on back pain and medical research for years. The judge explained that walking is better than sitting or standing for people with bad backs because walking distributes a person's weight and put less pressure on the spine. Is that true? I'm not sure. When my back aches, I don't find much relief in walking. But the important thing here is that the judge believes that walking relieves back pain. This claimant is going to win her case, as she should have. But not for any of the reasons I thought she would. There is an old saying about being lucky versus being good.  Perhaps this is evidence of that or at least cause to consider that all the preparation in the world can be trumped by a single answer to a single question.

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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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