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Stressed? Are You Disabled?

olddoc4444 Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 10:22 AM
I have seen this issue from different sides. Until recently, I did social security disability medical evaluations. I saw the proliferation of these claims firsthand. Some of the increased volume was legitimate- a physical problem that wouldn't amount to a hill of beans in a good job market looms very large when a potential employer has 1000 applicants for 20 positions. But the majority were people who were just tired of looking for a job. I had one who was mostly healthy, but had one problem that precluded him from commercial driving. His words were "If I can't drive a truck, I'm disabled". Another side is something I experienced in my former career. I would at times have to conduct annual visits with persons on Worker's comp disability. I
olddoc4444 Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 10:29 AM
will mention that I was never sent to visit quadriplegics or double amputees- it was more the "borderline" cases, if you get my drift. I very seldom found one of them that wasn't "a sandwich short of a picnic" since I do not believe that only the mentally unstable get hurt at work, it must be as Ayn Rand wrote. People who are not truly disabled who are receiving disability payments just to not seem to fare well mentally.
olddoc4444 Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 10:32 AM
a picnic". Since....
Sorry for the run-on sentence.
Government worker: “Do you have a disability?”

Man: “No.”

Man’s wife: “What does he get if he’s disabled?”

Government worker: “His monthly payments will [double].”

Man’s wife: “Well, then he’s disabled.”

Government worker (to man): “What’s your disability?”

Man: “I’m stressed.”

An attorney friend of mine recently overheard the above conversation in a Florida government building. The man, who had just turned 65, was signing up for retirement benefits while his wife stood over his shoulder. I relay the story to illustrate how our government is expanding...