Why Should I Apply for Disability Benefits?

When disaster strikes, our instincts can sometimes lead us astray. This is often the case for people newly diagnosed with a debilitating illness or disability. The situation is so foreign and disruptive that some people begin to worry that it’s their fault - or that they need to accommodate those around them to in order to make up for the inconvenience they fear their condition has caused.

We often hear about people who feel compelled to reduce their work hours, rather than leave work and apply for disability benefits. This may not be in your best interest. So why does it happen? The answer is pretty straightforward - we all want to feel useful. It’s why so many of us take pride in our work. When we find ourselves in a position where work has become detrimental to our health, we often try to push through the pain and keep going. It’s our innate survival instincts at work, but in the case of an individual with a disability or a serious illness, it can be quite harmful.

There are many reasons why you should consider applying for disability benefits rather than reducing your working hours. Here are the most important reasons:

Your Health Comes First

If working with your disability has become so difficult that you are considering applying for disability benefits - you shouldn’t second guess yourself. Your health should be your number one priority, and if you are suffering on the job you need to take a break from work. This can be either long term or short term. There are many advantages to taking the time off that you need - from healing an injury, to being free to seek proper medical care, to stress reduction. This is especially true if you have a physical job. Adding strain to a bad situation can be very detrimental to your health and make your condition worse.

If You Go Part Time, Your Benefits Could Reduce

Many people don’t realize that reducing their working hours can result in a reduction of the benefits they are eligible for. If you choose to reduce your hours, you may only be eligible for benefits for part-time hours instead of the full time hours you once worked. This is very risky - if you find yourself in a worse position down the line (where you are unable to continue with your reduced workload) the benefits you can receive will be for the smaller number of working hours, rather than the full time hours you formerly worked. The reduced benefit entitlement may not be sufficient to cover your costs of living, medications, and treatments when you need them the most.

If You Go Part Time You May Lose Your Benefits Altogether

Before you take the plunge and reduce your working hours due to a disability, you should read your insurance policy carefully. Some group disability benefits plans may exclude you once you reduce your hours below a certain number per week. This means that if you find yourself unable to perform your reduced workload in the future you may no longer be eligible to receive any disability benefits at all.

The bottom line is if you are disabled or seriously ill and have access to disability benefits, you should apply for them. It is likely in your best interest to do so - both in the short term and long term. Take the time you need to take care of yourself and recuperate. Ignoring your needs is not a good solution.

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A note from our long term disability lawyers

Taking a medical leave from work is not an easy decision to make. Concerns about providing for yourself and your family and keeping your job may cause you to want to push through your pain, but this won’t make your problems go away. Stopping work is often the smartest decision for your long term health and well-being, and your disability benefits are there to provide you with financial support until you can return to work.

If you have made the tough decision to stop working and apply for your short term disability or long term disability benefits, you may feel overwhelmed by the process and have questions that your employer and your insurance company are not able or willing to answer. Share is There to see you through and answer your questions.

Our Disability law firm knows what you have been going through

We understand that things have not been easy for you over the last little while. Your health has been suffering, you are unable to work, and now your insurance company, who was supposed to be there in your time of need, has decided they will not pay your disability benefits or respect your disability claim. These benefits exist to provide you with the financial support you need so that you can focus on your health and rebuilding your life. It is unfortunate that your insurance company has not lived up to its promise. If your disability claim has been denied, we will fight to get you the benefits you are entitled to. Our disability lawyers have helped thousands of Canadians get their long term disability benefits over the past 35 years, and we can help you too.

Our experienced disability lawyers can fight back on your behalf

Share Lawyers believes that every client who is dealing with a disability claim deserves superior personal service. To achieve that goal, we have developed our team of experienced, compassionate, and caring long term disability lawyers, law clerks, and administrative staff to meet all of your needs. Our team of experienced long term disability, life insurance, employment, and critical illness insurance lawyers have made successful claims against many insurance companies, third-party administrators and employers.

If you are unable to work, your disability benefits should be there to provide you with the financial support you need. While your insurance company may be focused on finding ways to avoid paying your claim, our focus is on what is in your best interest. When Share Lawyers gets involved, you have an entire team of lawyers that are there to support you and to fight for what is yours.

Our disability claim lawyers fight for your disability insurance claim by relying on our many years of experience to apply the best strategic planning and approach in each case, using the latest technology available. Experience matters, and with Share Lawyers, you are in the best hands with 35 years of success on your side.

In this video, we explain the role of a long term disability lawyer and how we can support you when you have been denied your long term disability benefits.

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