Success Story: Ashley Strong
Forty-three year old Ashley Strong was on top of the world. She had found her dream job in publishing, had an apartment in the city and an active lifestyle, Ashley was looking forward to the holiday season and a bright future. On top of the long hours at work, Ashley also ran in long-distance marathons. It was during one such marathon that Ashley noticed she was getting dizzy, and incredibly tired. This had happened to her before in races, but this episode seemed more severe.
Several days later, Ashley woke up to more dizziness and fatigue. This was unusual, as she usually got over the dizziness in a few days. It was partway through the day when she realized she was having trouble seeing, and her arms felt like she had pins and needles all the way down. She booked an appointment with her doctor, and they did some tests. She was then sent to a neurologist for more testing. Several months went by and when the test results came back, Ashley sat stunned as the doctor relayed to her that they suspected that she might be suffering with Multiple Sclerosis, or MS. She had heard of it, but , she was in a state of disbelief. The lingering symptoms she had been experiencing were severe enough to prevent her from being able to do her job in an effective manner and so, reluctantly, she decided she had no choice but stop working and apply for her disability benefits. The short-term disability benefits were approved. She developed some additional symptoms including problems with coordination, tremors, issues with concentration, and depression. Ashley then wanted to apply for long-term disability benefits. Her specialists were still not 100% sure of the diagnosis, but all signs were pointing to MS.
Long Term Disability Denied!
Ashley’s long-term disability claim was denied even though she was experiencing some symptoms. Firstly, the insurance company’s review of the medical information claimed that a definitive diagnosis of MS was not established, and secondly, the symptoms were not so severe to prevent Ashley from being able to do the essential duties of her job.
How Share Lawyers Helped
Ashley felt defeated and alone, convinced that she had no other options. Her mother suggested Share Lawyers to her, adding that there are no fees unless her case was settled, and encouraged Ashley to go to a consultation. The Share Lawyers team immediately got to work on Ashley’s case, putting pressure on the insurance company to approve the claim. A settlement was reached, allowing Ashley to focus on healing and helping others diagnosed with MS. Ashley is now determined not to let her diagnosis stop her from being active and independent. She knows that this holiday season will be better than expected, with many thanks to Share Lawyers.
*Names have been fictionalized to protect the privacy of our clients.
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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.
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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.