What is the Make-Up of a Good Disability Lawyer or Advocate?

The qualities required of a good disability insurance advocate are many and varied. Disability Insurance cases make their way through the Civil Justice system and the skills required of any civil litigation lawyer are required in disability insurance lawyers as well - but there are some additional qualities needed to be an effective and compassionate disability advocate. Below is a non-exhaustive list, in no particular order.

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Qualities Of A Good Disability Advocate:

The Ability to Listen

To opposing lawyers, to the medical providers, but most importantly to the client. Empathy and understanding of what they are going through and what they need from the process.


This goes hand-in-hand with listening, but it is crucial that your disability lawyer always remembers that each client has probably not been through this process before and therefore their lawyer needs to have the patience to explain the process as though for the first time with each new client.


During the course of a disability insurance case many decisions need to be made about the direction the case should take and watching out for cues regarding the evidence, the legal issues and the best outcome for the client.


Having a command of the legal and factual issues that go into each case, coupled with the necessary experience to put the pieces of the puzzle together.


Civil Litigation is not mortal combat but showing strength and backbone in the face of the often aggressive tactics of the insurance companies requires advocates that are prepared to confront such tactics and to push back on behalf of their clients.

A Sense of Humour

Disability Insurance litigation is a serious business, however, being able to take advantage of a lighter moment to reduce the tension and to break down barriers, can often go a long way in negotiations.We are all, after all, human beings and an appropriate sprinkling of humour can often be a useful tonic in stressful situations.

As I said at the beginning, this is not an exhaustive list, but if your lawyer has the above attributes, they are already a long way towards being effective advocates in a disability claim.

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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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