Disability Claim Denied Despite Burnout, Anxiety, & Depression

On CBC News' Go Public on Monday, June 26, 2023, Erica Johnson and Kimberly Ivany published a piece entitled “RBC Employee Suffering Burnout, Anxiety and Depression Loses Disability Claim”.

The article describes an RBC employee who applied for short term disability benefits after needing to stop work due to extreme stress and burnout. His story is like so many others that we hear from our clients every day. He was denied by Manulife, his disability insurance company and managing an unsupportive employer who was trying to force him back to work. He is not alone in this experience; burnout rates continue to climb despite many companies and organizations talking about the importance of mental health in the workplace.

A recent online poll by the non-profit organization Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC), revealed that over 20% of Canadians often face burnout at their workplace. In addition to this, about one-third of the respondents confessed they "sometimes" feel burned out.

Unfortunately," says David Share, "this story of a claim for disability benefits being denied as a result of an insurer saying that the evidence of a mental health issue isn’t sufficient or severe enough to qualify for disability insurance benefits is all too common. Being told that you should simply go back to work and risk losing your job is not the only option. If your claim has been denied like the person in this news story, you are not alone, you should contact a disability insurance lawyer to discuss your options of further pursuing your claim."

Read the entire article here.

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