GWL Cuts Off Disability Benefits at Change of Definition Point for Drywaller with a Rotator Cuff Injury

GWL Cuts Off Disability Benefits at Change of Definition Point for Drywaller with a Rotator Cuff Injury

A 46-year-old non-unionized drywaller with a full-thickness rotator cuff tear was cut off his disability benefits after 24 months. His insurance company, Great West Life, insisted that his injury did not prevent him from seeking alternative employment in a new occupation.

Share Lawyers argued that the limited range of motion and chronic pain caused by the initial injury and subsequent arthroscopic surgery, which was unsuccessful, significantly reduced the plaintiff’s ability to perform an alternative occupation that was reasonably suited to him based on his skills, education and experience.

The case went to mediation and a settlement was reached with Great West Life. Our client was able to use the settlement money to cover his expenses for an extended time period until he could retrain for a career that was less demanding physically and would not aggravate his shoulder.*

*Identifying details have been changed for confidentiality purposes.

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