Getting Diagnosed with a Critical Illness or Long Term Disability

When we talk to members of the Share Lawyers community, we learn so much. It is important that we stop and listen to Canadians who have been given a critical or long term illness diagnosis. It has been part of our mission for over 35 years to not only give the best client service, but also to treat each and every client with integrity and care.

Please take a moment to read through some of the diagnosis stories shared by Share Lawyers clients and members of our social media community. (Want to have your say? Fill out our 5-minute form here and be entered to win $10,000!) Please note, we have anonymized all answers.

Do your best to listen to the doctors

“I was anxious about my diagnosis, my fears were that it would just get worse and never improve. I was sick all the time and so stressed out. I saw my Dr. regularly and did my best to do what I was told, to take care of myself.”

Accepting a diagnosis and the fact that you may not be able to work any longer is hard

“I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in March 2010. Initially, I was very skeptical and disagreed. I was held in hospital on a Form 3 I think until the date of my trial to dispute my diagnosis. I felt a lot of stress and also felt that the hospital staff conspired to ensure that my trial would work in their favour. Deep rooted I am paranoid and this can come out mostly when I am not eating well, sleep deprived or after a drink. I did not want to take medicine but after the trial agreed with my diagnosis I had to take the medicine to leave the hospital. Once I took the medication, I also stopped drinking and controlled my diet to eat healthily. My attendance at work was affected and I took an extended sick leave. I was raised in a family where both my parents worked very hard so not working for me was never an option. Being on disability initially was very hard and I felt guilty not working.”

The best thing about getting a diagnosis is finding solutions to help the pain

“My diagnosis was Degenerative Disc Disease. It is something that I have to deal with 24/7. Some days are easier than others. The first thing that my Dr. said was to start physio right away to learn ways to help ease the pain.”

We are so grateful to everyone who is sharing their disability experiences with us.

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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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