Disability Claim & Appeal Denied Despite Parkinson’s Symptoms

Annie started to notice something was wrong when she developed a tremor in her left hand.

For the past several months her sleep had been interrupted and she had often felt lightheaded. At 54 years old and just finished menopause, she assumed she was pushing herself too hard. She left her job at a major real estate company in Kitchener-Waterloo and became an independent real estate agent to ease some of the pressure of her work. Because she was getting tired more easily, being able to pick and choose her hours helped a lot. She wanted to make sure that she had an insurance package to protect her if anything went wrong, and after a lot of online research she found a privately-purchased disability benefits package that helped her feel more secure.

Symptoms worsen

Annie’s symptoms started to get worse after about 18 months. Moving and walking became more labour intensive. She booked an appointment with her doctor, but the soonest appointment she could get was several months away. She worked only during periods when she felt well but was growing increasingly worried that her symptoms were not clearing up with rest

Testing, but no diagnosis

By the time she finally saw her doctor, there was even more cause for concern. Annie’s muscles were stiff and her movement was slow. Annie’s doctor referred her to a neurologist, and in the meantime recommended that Annie stop working. Though she did not yet have a diagnosis, her work was suffering and her mental health along with it. She couldn’t keep up, and the anxiety it was causing was becoming a big issue. Annie had many sleepless nights and was constantly worried about letting her clients down.

So Annie stopped working. She filed a claim with her insurance company for long term disability benefits with the help of her husband and was able to rest a bit easier. The disability benefits that she worked so hard to find would certainly come in handy.

Claim denied

Annie’s insurance company took months to review her medical records and requested numerous updates throughout that time. But Annie was still waiting to see a neurologist. Finally, the insurance company came back with a denial. According to them, Annie could work because she did not have a diagnosis. Despite having the full support from her doctor and documentation stating how hard it was for her to work, they did not want to pay out her disability claim.

A diagnosis didn't help

It didn’t take long after seeing a neurologist for Annie to receive a diagnosis. She had Parkinson’s disease. Annie was shocked - she was still young and never thought she could have anything this serious. She was in a fragile state and she knew she needed help. With her new diagnosis, she appealed the insurance company’s decision, hoping this would clear things up. She was heartbroken when her case manager called her the next week - her appeal had also been denied. Because Annie was in the early stages of Parkinson’s, the insurance company believed that she would still be able to work at a less active job.

Share Lawyers was there

Annie and her husband hired Share Lawyers after reading positive online reviews from past clients who had also dealt with denied disability claims. After reviewing her file, Share Lawyers determined that Annie had at all times fulfilled the terms of her policy by seeking appropriate treatment from her doctor and specialist. It was clear from the medical documentation that Annie’s symptoms were severe enough to keep her from working, and the long term disability lawyers at Share Lawyers knew that the insurance company’s decision was unfair.

Share Lawyers gathered the necessary medical evidence to strengthen Annie’s case against her insurer. Once the insurance company received the compelling evidence gathered by Share Lawyers, they were ready to negotiate, and Annie received a significant lump-sum settlement.

Annie was grateful to Share Lawyers for negotiating the settlement on her behalf, especially after learning that around 60% of long term disability claims are denied. Winning her case gave her the time she needed to plan her next steps and look into treatment options. She had a whole new path ahead of her, made possible by receiving the long term disability benefits that she deserved.

*All names have been changed to protect the identity of the individuals mentioned.

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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.

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