Saturday, November 11, 2006

Social Security system frustrates local resident

This story ran today in the Carlsbad Current Argus, out of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Apparently, folks there have the same problem that folks here in East Tennessee do when applying for benefits.

Last year, [Robert] Johnson was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS is marked by gradual degeneration of the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement.

He's applied for disability, but the federal agency has concluded that he can still work. He knows he's not alone, but is frustrated with a system he feels seems to make its decisions based on the number of functioning limbs instead of on specific circumstance.

I think that if Mr. Johnson hires an attorney and follows his attorney's advice, that he will win his case.

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Knoxville, TN 37918
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