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Success Story: Linda Pomelo

Linda had grown up a child of the late 80s. While she’d watch her mother get ready to go out to parties, she’d admire the perfumes she’d lavish on herself; Poison by Christian Dior; Opium by Yves Saint Laurent; Obsession by Calvin Klein; even the classic Chanel No. 5. They all stuck in her mind as the ultimate symbols of femininity. As she grew up, her infatuation with perfume continued to grow.

All her life, Linda had been prone to migraines. She could never seem to predict what would bring them on. Doctors and specialists alike couldn’t seem to pin down precisely what the problem was. She simply resigned herself to the idea that they were a part of the fabric of her life. She went to university, and things started to get worse. She’d miss classes, struggled with labs and assignments, and frequently found herself having a hard time keeping up. But she pushed through, got her degree, and entered the workforce.

When she started her first job as an administrative assistant, she loved it. It was just the challenge she’d wanted all throughout school. But the migraines seemed to get worse. Still, there was an element of randomness to them. They happened sporadically, and the triggers seemed inconsistent. After several years, they became more frequent, more constant, and she started missing work. Her boss suggested she take some time off to recover, and so she did.

In that time, she had no choice but to stay indoors and try to cope with the crippling pain. After several weeks she felt better and decided to return to work. Getting ready that morning, she dabbed on a touch of her favourite perfume and finished getting dressed. Within seconds of applying the perfume, she started to notice a migraine coming on. How had she never noticed it before? Wearing perfume nearly all her life, or being surrounded by it because of her mother, it never occurred to her that this could be what was making her sick. She rushed to the washroom to rinse off the perfume, and almost immediately the headache began to dissipate. She called into work sick and went straight to her doctor with her hypothesis. She’d been sent for allergy testing before, but fragrance never seemed to make the list of things to watch for. This time, however, they knew what to look for.

She reacted almost immediately. It was undeniable: Linda was allergic to perfume. She needed time to figure out what to do next. She applied for short-term disability through her insurance but her claim was denied. They simply didn’t think her perfume allergy was severe enough to merit disability coverage. Her boss was outraged and decided to help in any way she could.

That’s when she found Share Lawyers. While scouring the internet for options, Linda’s boss saw a blog from Share Lawyers. She immediately went to the site, saw our work, and told Linda to call us. Just a couple of short days after she did, we set up our first meeting.

Thankfully, we’ve been able to work with Linda towards getting her the benefits she needs to figure out her next steps in life. We’ve been able to help her get the necessary medical documentation to prove that her allergy is sufficiently debilitating and to assist her in the process of fighting for her benefits. Fragrance sensitivity and perfume intolerance are not to be taken lightly and can have very severe side effects. At Share Lawyers, we want to ensure that your needs are met and that your claims are believed.

*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.

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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.

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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.

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