Jason’s Journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Jason is a 49-year-old sous chef who has worked hard at a local 4-star restaurant for over 10 years, gradually rising through the ranks. The restaurant’s executive chef is planning to retire in the next year. When his boss retires, Jason has been informed that he will take his place as executive chef of the restaurant - a goal he’s worked towards for his entire career.
Jason started experiencing some pain in his joints a few years ago. The pain began one night several years earlier when he stayed at work late to fix the oven. He began to experience knee pain the next day; his feet felt like they were on fire and he began to get tired much earlier than usual. For a long time, painkillers and alleviating creams helped, but now, Jason’s hands and feet started to ache consistently and his wrists began to swell.
Jason Diagnosed With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Jason had a consultation with a specialist and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Because it was in its early stages, his Rheumatologist advised Jason to take some time off work and undergo treatment. Jason planned to use his time wisely, take care of himself and seek treatment so that he could hopefully return to the kitchen. His goal was to come back to work healthy and ready to take on his promotion.
To take the time off he needed to seek treatment and prevent joint damage, Jason applied for short-term disability benefits and started receiving benefits. However, as time went on, Jason was finding it hard to hold onto things. He had no idea how he would go back to work in his condition, let alone take on the executive chef role.
Long-Term Disability Claim Denied
It was then that Jason applied for long-term disability benefits. Jason’s insurance company denied his claim because he had mentioned in the past that he planned to go back to work in the near future. Jason was devastated and unsure of how he would support himself financially during his absence from work.
Jason’s sister recommended that he contact Share Lawyers. She had heard about the firm from someone she knew who had been in a similar situation and had also recently seen their TV commercial. Jason hired Share Lawyers and together they fought to get his claim approved. Share Lawyers made him feel that he was being listened to and that he had a legitimate case against the insurance company. A settlement was reached which will help him take care of himself as he learns how to manage his Arthritis. Jason will never go back to being a chef, but he is now able to think about other options that he can achieve for his future.
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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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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.