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Success Story: Everett Tomas

For Everett, stomach pain was nothing new. He was first diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when he was 14. By the time he was 43, he had been through several surgeries and countless doctor’s appointments. He felt like he had spent half of his life in a waiting room or a recovery bed but for the most part, he was able to manage well enough to go about his business as a Fund Manager with a firm downtown.

Unfortunately, some days were worse than others. When his symptoms flared, the pain could be debilitating, and the diarrhea only added to his embarrassment. He often called in sick to avoid sharing his condition with his coworkers because the pain and regular bathroom visits made it nearly impossible to concentrate on work.

Symptoms worsen

That put him in a difficult situation when his Crohn’s took a turn for the worse. In the past, his relapses seldom lasted more than a day or two and were rare enough to avoid any awkward conversations. Now he was flaring up with far more frequency, which kept him out of the office for days and weeks at a time. He tried working remotely when he could but he was running out of sick days and people in the office were beginning to notice.

Meanwhile, Everett had no idea when the symptoms would subside. The tricks he used to mitigate the effects of the disease no longer seemed to be effective. Until he knew why – and he might never know – he had no timetable for his return to work.

Out of desperation, Everett filed a long term disability claim after he used his final sick day. Everett had been reticent to take such a drastic step but it seemed like the only way he’d get the time he needed to get his condition under control.

Long term disability benefits denied

His desperation turned to panic when the insurance company rejected Everett’s claim. They argued that his Crohn’s was not severe enough to keep him away from work, ignoring the fact that his symptoms could be so unpredictable that he couldn’t spend more than ten minutes sitting at his desk.

Everett knew he was too ill to go into the office but with his disability claim denied, he didn’t feel he had any other option. Luckily for Everett, his neighbour saw a Share Lawyers video on Instagram and decided to forward it to him. Everett called and scheduled a consultation, and was thrilled to learn that his Crohn’s gave him legitimate grounds for a disability claim.

Share Lawyers took on his case and won

Share Lawyers was able to help him gather the extensive medical records he had accrued over the course of 25 years with Crohn’s. They knew exactly what he needed from his doctors, using his various surgeries and treatments to document the history of his condition.

The evidence gave Everett a much stronger case as he moved to have the insurance company’s decision overturned. Thanks to Share Lawyers, he’s finally in a position to receive the benefits he deserves.

*All names and identifying details have been changed to protect the confidentiality of all involved.

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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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