Travelling On Long Term Disability: What You Need To Know

[UPDATE: March 19. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team at Share Lawyers recommends following the advice of both national and provincial governments by limiting any travel that isn't non-essential.]

For those on Long Term Disability (LTD) planning a vacation can have some complications. There are many things you need to know before you travel on long term disability. Your insurance company may see traveling as being inconsistent with being disabled from gainful employment, so it is very important to know the correct measures to take when planning a trip.

Travelling On Long Term Disability: What You Need To Know About

Traveling is a wonderful way to experience new cultures, foods, and sights. Whether it’s to see a whole new place for the sake of knowing what it’s like, or making the journey to visit friends and family, experiencing time in new places can be rewarding, rejuvenating, and provide lifelong memories!

Review Your Policy Before You Travel On Long Term Disability

Before planning your trip, review your disability policy. It may have certain restrictions prohibiting your right to travel on long term disability. Going on a holiday is not usually under the scope of these restrictions about your right to travel, so read closely.

Get Medical Clearance

Ask your healthcare professional to put in writing that your treatment plan will not be affected by your travel. They will ask you to provide contact information. Make sure to check your LTD plan for what may be required for your travel. Be advised - for longer absences from the country, pre-approval may be required. Some policies will not continue payments if you leave Canada.

Contact A Disability Claim Administrator

If you’ve reviewed your policy and can’t find any reason why you shouldn’t be able to take your holiday, contact your Disability Claim Administrator to be double sure you are in the clear to leave. It’s worth double checking.

Keep A Journal

If you are anxious about leaving, make sure to keep a journal that chronicles your activities. In your journal, include how you are feeling and what you may have had issues with. Also include how your disability prohibited you from engaging in certain activities. For example, you couldn’t go horseback riding, take long walks, weren’t able to play with the children, etc. This can serve as a way to show that you traveled for relaxation, but your activities were still restricted.

Be Wary of Surveillance and Social Media

There is a possibility of surveillance while you are away. It’s especially important to be mindful of how public images, videos, and posts come across on social media. There’s the chance your insurance company may misunderstand. They may misconstrue you having a good time and relaxing as inconsistent with having a disability.

Everyone deserves rest and relaxation. If you take the necessary precautions before leaving on your trip, there should be no reasons to worry or stress about taking some time for yourself.


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