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Success Story: Gianna Colombo

38 year-old Gianna Colombo lived in her cozy home town of Lindsay, Ontario. After college, Gianna was hired as an Administrative Assistant for the local high school, and was seen as a well-respected member of her community. Gianna’s family and friends all lived close by. Life was great, that is, until her father suddenly passed away followed by her mother six months later. Her life was turned upside-down.

Symptoms Of Depression Cause Concern Among Friends

Reeling from the death of her parents, work became increasingly difficult and Gianna often felt hopeless and confused. Gianna’s friends were very concerned and they convinced her to make an appointment with her family physician.

Episodes Of Debilitating Chronic Pain Affect Work

A few weeks later, Gianna began to suffer from episodes of severe pain. The attacks would target the muscles in her neck, arms and lower back causing them to knot and cramp. To make matters worse, Gianna was having difficulty sleeping and her constant state of fatigue was beginning to affect her performance at work. Gianna’s doctor referred her to a rheumatologist who diagnosed Gianna with Fibromyalgia, a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.

Insurance Company Stalls, Local Lawyer Suggests A New Approach

With her chronic pain and anxiety mounting, Gianna took a leave of absence from work and applied for disability through her insurance company. Soon after applying, Gianna was told that the insurance company needed more information and medical evidence to support her claim. Exhausted, Gianna turned to an old family friend who was a lawyer in town.

With her lawyer`s aide, Gianna submitted medical documentation, and her lawyer wrote a few letters to support her claim. Each time she was met with the same response, “further medical evidence required”. After several months, Gianna felt hopeless. Her medical condition left her feeling physically and emotionally exhausted, and without her disability benefits, Gianna was suffering financially too. Fed up with her insurance company, Gianna`s lawyer suggested that she call Ontario’s leaders in disability litigation, Share Lawyers.

How Share Lawyers Helped

Gianna called Share Lawyers as she was unable to travel the long distance from Lindsay to Toronto and was happy to have a telephone consultation with associate lawyer, Samantha Share. Gianna was relieved to hear that the firm had represented countless clients in disability claims involving Fibromyalgia, and that they would not require any fees unless they settled her case. Gianna felt like she had the support she needed to fight for the benefits she deserved. Share Lawyers worked diligently and kept Gianna involved every step of the way. Approximately one year after Gianna`s initial consultation, ShareLawyers had successfully negotiated a fair and substantial settlement, and Gianna was finally able to focus on her health treatment and grieve for her loved ones.

*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.

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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