While Paralympic athletes have inspired America with their achievements, fraudulent disability claims siphon off the funds they needs to achieve personal bests. Now CNN is focusing attention on this underreported issue with an online video report that shows how despicable disability fraud scams and their overpaid attorneys are.
As the CNN video report at this link explains, Glenn Taylor posted a video of an “Iron Man” style feat of pushing a half-ton rock near the Red Rocks area of Utah. At the same time, Taylor has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Utah driver Alan MacDonald. The contrast is unbelievable. Taylor sang “Wiggle it just a little bit” in his video. The court papers his attorney filed claim Taylor “has suffered serious, permanent, and disabling injuries… and endured disability.”
The impending bankruptcy of the Social Security Disability fund has increased government scrutiny of these kinds of scams. On October 6, Senator Tom Coburn M.D. released a report titled ““How Some Legal, Medical, and Judicial Professionals Abused Social Security Disability Programs for the Country’s Most Vulnerable: A Case Study of the Conn Law Firm.” The report highlights the fact that none of trade groups or ethics committees that are responsible for investigating misconduct by lawyers, doctors, or judges have adequately trained staff to be effective in combatting disability fraud. Since Coburn is one of the few medical doctors serving in Congress, his viewpoint is earning serious attention.
What does Taylor’s lawyer have to say about this? Nothing. He refused to speak with CNN. What does the rest of the disability profiteering industry have to say about this? Nothing really, if you listen carefully and use sentence diagrams. Self-styled advocate for disabled Americans Ira Wiesner habitually leaves proper nouns out of his sentences and confuses reports with double negatives, so that statements are too vague to mean anything at all. Now CNN – and the US Senate – are saying that this has gone much too far.
Is there anything you can do about this? Yes. eHow has posted a report on how to report disability fraud at this link. The report also explains how exaggerating a condition that could be treated is an ongoing tactic of disability scam professionals. To date, courageous Paralympic athletes have paid the price. Your support of Senator Coburn’s efforts can help.