Disabilities or Medical Conditions That Often Go Overlooked

Some conditions that qualify for disability coverage may surprise you.

While some disabilities are conditions that you wouldn't necessarily expect - they all negatively impact the lives of the people who have them. At Share Lawyers, we know that the people who have disabilities need care and support, and will often need expert legal assistance to ensure that their claims are approved. These disabilities are serious and hinder those who have them in their daily lives.


You might be surprised to learn that scarring can qualify as a disability. People who have suffered from injuries are often left with debilitating scar tissue. There are three types of scars: atrophic or depressed scars; hypertrophic or elevated scars; and keloidal scars, which are a type of tumor. Atrophic and hypertrophic scarring injuries lead to redness, isolated healing, and thick scar tissue. A keloidal scar will grow beyond the initial injury and can be tender, itchy, and painful. If you have serious scarring, you may qualify for disability benefits.

Spinal Cord Injuries And Nerve Damage

Imagine how distressing it would be if your brain and neurons began to mix up your body's signals. That's exactly what happens to people with spinal cord injuries and nerve damage. These signals control a person’s reactions, both voluntary and involuntary. Spinal cord injuries often lead to nerve damage which compounds the problem. These injuries may appear quickly (like after an accident) or develop very gradually. Patients can even experience paralysis or numbness as a result of nerve damage. Some of the other possible symptoms are pain in the affected area, difficulty breathing, loss of bladder and bowel control, and muscle spasms.

Bowel Diseases

You probably know someone with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or Crohn's Disease. But did you know that these bowel diseases (and other inflammatory bowel diseases) are considered disabilities? They can be incredibly debilitating and painful, but they are treatable and as a result it can be difficult to secure disability benefits when applying without the help of an experienced lawyer.

Gender Dysphoria

Gender dysphoria, a condition that stems from the conflict between a person’s physical gender and identifying gender, is labelled a dysphoria due to its potential for significant discomfort and distress. This gender dysphoria condition legally qualifies as a disability. In order to feel comfortable in their own skin, a person who is suffering may seek out gender reassignment procedures, hormonal therapy and other serious medical solutions. They may also face considerable social hurdles as transgender rights are still being established. Those with gender dysphoria often suffer from other psychological issues, such as depression and anxiety - which can also require treatment.

Did any of the above disabilities surprise you? Until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes, it’s easy to misread the gravity of a person’s situation. These unlikely illnesses and conditions can be extremely difficult to cope with.

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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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