Kunkel Law Firm - November 2019

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WELCOME THE UNCONVENTIONAL THANKSGIVING

Gregory Kunkel, Esq.

SSA GRANTS FEWER THAN 4 OF 10 DISABILITY CLAIMS

A recent study completed by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows that the Social Security Administration (SSA) grants fewer than 4 of 10 disability claims. Interestingly, the CBPP study confirms that ALJ allowance rates “dropped noticeably from 2010 to 2014. The CBPP attributes the drop in ALJ award rates due to stricter oversight by the SSA. The study, however, also confirms that allowance rates remain higher for cases that proceed to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Given SSA’s low allowance rates, it is more important than ever to hire an experienced Social Security disability lawyer if you or a loved one is pursuing a claim for Social Security disability benefits. Further, SSA denies many deserving claims at the initial and reconsideration levels because of a lack of medical evidence that your attorney can help obtain from your treating health care providers. As always, our firm is standing by to answer your questions and to guide you through the disability process.

3 Ideas for Mixing Up the Traditional Turkey Day

Some people love Thanksgiving just the way it is, but others feel the annual traditions that come with it are stifling. If you’re dreading the inevitable conversation about whose house to go to, which side dishes to cook, and who to invite to the table, why not mix things up for 2019? Just because Thanksgiving falls on the same fourth Thursday each November doesn’t mean you’re locked into the same holiday routine. If you’re stuck in a Turkey Day rut, try one of these alternate celebrations and enjoy the spirit of gratitude in a new way. TV shows love to draw up stories about devastated characters forced to spend Thanksgiving without their extended families, but really, what’s so bad about making Thanksgiving an intimate affair? Big, boisterous Thanksgivings with every uncle, cousin, and stepsister certainly have their downsides. Slaving over the stove is stressful, and bringing people from so many different walks of life together can cause heated arguments. Why not skip the drama this Thanksgiving and enjoy a romantic dinner with your significant other or a cozy meal with your spouse and kids? You can cook together at home or grab a table at a restaurant with a Turkey Day special to leave the stress of cooking behind entirely. In the end, you may be even more grateful for those you hold dear. ‘JUST US’THANKSGIVING

–Gregory

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