Success Story: Connor Payne
By the time he was 42, Connor had learned to appreciate his job as a warehouse worker in Hamilton. His world started to unravel when he developed a serious allergy to one of the cleaning chemicals used in the building. He was regularly breaking out in hives and often had trouble breathing, and the symptoms persisted after he started wearing work gloves and a mask. His doctor told him that allergies like this can begin at any time in your life. Connor didn’t find that very comforting. Connor started to take many sick days and eventually stopped working altogether. He halfheartedly tried to find another job, but without a high school diploma he had limited options, and he soon cut himself off from his family and his friends. Connor applied for EI sickness and was burning through his savings when he realized he could apply for long-term disability through his group insurance. Connor asked his sister to help fill in the forms because he wasn’t very good at writing. They spent hours filling in the forms and getting a note from the doctor, but the application was immediately denied. The letter said that Connor wouldn’t be paid his disability benefits as he could easily get another job somewhere else. Connor’s anxiety skyrocketed as he became more isolated. His girlfriend knew someone from her exercise class that had needed a lawyer to help with an insurance problem and got the name of a firm. It was Share Lawyers. Desperate and uncertain, Connor called and was relieved to learn that he was entitled to disability benefits. He felt relief that we see cases like his every day and were confident that we could help. “They went above and beyond to help me every time I encountered obstacles and struggled with the completion of the process. They are all helpful, capable, and highly responsive.” With our help, Connor was able to secure a settlement that made his situation feel far more manageable. “They were right about the results and they were also right to tell me not to expect any kind of apology,” Connor said. “They combine an amazing work ethic with compassion.” For Connor, it was comforting to know that there were people who could relate to his condition. The settlement gave Connor the confidence he needed to re-engage with his community, and he no longer feels quite so alone as he looks towards the future! *All names and identifying details have been changed to protect the confidentiality of all involved.