Lexington Social Security Benefits Lawyer Supports Proposal for Hiring Disabled But Warns of Ignoring Those Unable to Work

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Attorney Frank Jenkins of the Frank Jenkins Law Office congratulates the new leader of the National Governors Association for an initiative targeting employment for disabled Americans, but he says it’s important to remember those who cannot work because of their disabilities.

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Lexington Social Security benefits lawyer Frank M. Jenkins III

Though we’re sure it was an oversight, we wish the governor had pointed out that many disabled people across the U.S. as well as here in Kentucky are physically or mentally incapable of working for a living through no fault of their own.

Lexington Social Security benefits lawyer Frank M. Jenkins III today voiced support for a proposal by the new leader of the National Governors Association for hiring the disabled. But the attorney also warned about ignoring the needs of those who are unable to work for a living.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, who will head the National Governors Association (NGA) for the coming year, has proposed an initiative called “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities.”

According to the Huffington Post, Markell told the NGA's annual conference in July that he wants the association to research and put together a toolkit for states seeking to develop programs for hiring people with disabilities, including forming partnerships with business. He plans regional meetings with business leaders and advocates for the disabled, he said.

“Gov. Markell is correct when he says that too many disabled Americans who are unemployed could work and contribute to many companies’ bottom lines,” said Jenkins, founder of the Frank Jenkins Law Office, which assists clients with Social Security disability benefits claims throughout Kentucky.

Jenkins is the author of the book, Seven Costly Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Social Security Disability Claim – And How to Avoid Making Them which is available for free through the firm’s website.

“Though we’re sure it was an oversight, we wish the governor had pointed out that many disabled people across the U.S. as well as here in Kentucky are physically or mentally incapable of working for a living through no fault of their own,” Jenkins continued. “They deserve help as well, particularly an assurance that they can get the Social Security benefits designed to assist them.”

The Huffington Post quoted U.S. Labor Department statistics for 2011 that say 17.8 percent of Americans with a disability are employed compared to 63.6 percent of those with no disability. The statistics also show that 15 percent of individuals with disabilities are unemployed, compared to 8.7 percent of those without disabilities.

Markell told the Daily Beast that he thinks the reluctance of employers to hire the disabled can be overcome with outreach and education. He said he recently toured a Walgreens distribution center where half of the 500 employees are people with disabilities of varying kinds.

“We congratulate Gov. Markell on opening his term as leader of the National Governors Association by focusing on such an important issue, and wish him well,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins added that his firm will continue to protect the rights of the disabled and work on their behalf to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other benefits they deserve.

“People who through accident, injury or illness are unable to work for a living should not then see their disability claims stymied by confusing regulations and red tape in the government’s Social Security programs that are supposed to help them,” Jenkins said.

About the Frank Jenkins Law Office

Frank M. Jenkins III founded The Frank Jenkins Law Office, based in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1997 with one primary goal in mind: Providing legal help to Kentucky residents entitled to Social Security Disability benefits or those who have suffered serious personal injuries because of the fault of others. During the firm’s 15 years in practice, it has handled Social Security disability matters on behalf of individuals living in metropolitan Lexington and throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky, including Berea, Georgetown, Nicholasville, Richmond, Paris, Versailles, Winchester and nearby communities. The firm’s disability benefits practice areas include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), long-term disability and short-term disability benefits. The firm’s office is located at 631 East Main Street, Lexington, KY 40508 (local phone (859) 389-9344). To learn more, call 1-800-WORKERS or use the firm’s online contact form.

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