All too often when we think of disability we have a static image in our minds of someone with an assistive device like a cane or a wheelchair. However there are many unseen disabilities and illnesses, as well as intermittent symptoms, that can have all kinds of effects and consequences in an individual's life and which create barriers in one’s ability to function as an able-bodied person would.
There’s often a perception in the minds of our clients that because they don’t fit the traditional mould of what a person with a disability looks or acts like, they aren’t entitled to the care and benefits they need.
Take our client Quinn for example. Quinn is a 40 year old mother of three who was always in pretty good health. A year or so ago, Quinn was at work when she started to feel a headache coming on. This was rare for her, as she didn’t often get them. Soon after, she began to feel nauseous and dizzy, as though she was losing her balance.
She left work that day but returned the next day feeling much better. However, Quinn started to experience this feeling of dizziness again that afternoon. After several weeks, these episodes were becoming more frequent, and increasingly debilitating. Her doctor was unable to find an exact diagnosis, and worked to figure out if she had an ear infection, if these episodes were being triggered by migraines, or if she had Meniere's disease.
Quinn was unable to work because of these episodes, never really knowing when they would come on - when they did she was totally incapacitated. She was hospitalized for a week after falling down the stairs because of her dizziness. She applied for short term benefits, and like many of our clients, waited for a diagnosis while she took time off work.
Outside of when Quinn felt an intense sensation of dizziness or nausea, she was able to move around like she used to and took those times to do gentle exercises. She had read that gentle exercise was supposed to help. However, this new lifestyle started to take its toll, and she was feeling anxious and depressed, unable to live her regular life.
Long Term Disability Benefits Denied
When Quinn’s short term benefits ran out, she knew she wasn’t in any shape to work. She applied for long term benefits so she could take more time to figure out the cause of her dizziness and nausea, but her long term disability benefits were denied. The insurance company said that Quinn could work since there were periods where she wasn’t directly experiencing her symptoms.
Quinn thought to herself that she should probably just give up and try to go back to work, but her good friend Pruti saw an ad online for Share Lawyers and told her she should try and fight the decision. Pruti could see how Quinn was suffering, both when she was feeling sick and when she wasn’t directly feeling her symptoms.
Quinn Called Share Lawyers
When Quinn called Share Lawyers she thought she had no case and no claim to get disability benefits. We talked Quinn through the realities of her case, reassuring her she had every right to get the benefits she needed.
Though her case was challenging, we helped Quinn to get more substantive medical evidence to show the effects of her illness. Share Lawyers was able to prove Quinn was unable to work in her current condition. Quinn was able to get the long term disability benefits she needed.
We keep in touch with Quinn, and she’s still working on getting an exact diagnosis. We’re proud we were able to get her the benefits she needed.
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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.