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Addiction and Access to Disability Benefits

Addiction and Access to Disability Benefits

It’s easy to recognize diseases like MS and Parkinson’s as a disability. These conditions affect movement, mobility, and even cognitive function. Sometimes more difficult to accept is addiction as a disability. Many of us have never dealt with addiction personally, with a friend or loved one. For that reason, addiction can seem like a series of bad decisions rather than a legitimate illness. Stigma around addiction is strong, and often based around a misunderstanding of the disease and its causes. Addiction Defined Addiction is medically defined as: “A primary, chronic...
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Disability Insurance Claim Lawyers Win Client Settlement

Disability Insurance Claim Lawyers Win Client Settlement

Share Lawyers took Kathy’s disability insurance claim case and helped her along an unpleasant legal journey. She’s happy that she connected with us for our services, and so are we. Thanks, Kathy! Kathy’s Disability Insurance Claim “Suing someone is not a pleasant experience, but Share Lawyers made the process as painless as possible. Everyone I dealt with was very supportive and professional. In particular, Shira was excellent at explaining the process to me and was always readily available. I am glad it’s over and I’m glad I contacted Share Lawyers!” –Kathy...
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Is Addiction a Disability? Questions about Gambling, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Is Addiction a Disability? Questions about Gambling, Alcoholism and Drug Ab...

Addition is a complicated illness with a considerable amount of negative stigma. Unfortunately, the common misconceptions of addiction can prevent those suffering from this disease from seeking the help they not only need, but the disability benefits that they may be entitled to. We hope that the following answers provided by the legal experts at Share Lawyers help to illuminate some of this misunderstanding. Are addictions such as alcoholism and drug abuse covered under most health insurance policies? Having an addiction is generally recognized to be an illness. Whether...
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What Impact Does Manulife’s Disappointing Financial Results Have on Disability Claimants?

What Impact Does Manulife’s Disappointing Financial Results Have on Disabil...

A report in the August 5, 2016 edition of the Globe and Mail, entitled The close: Stocks steady as jobs data awaited, Manulife sinks focuses on worse-than-expected financial results for Manulife for their second quarter earnings. There is no discussion about the outcomes of claims; however, ways to improve financial results and to return more value to investors is always front and center for large insurers like Manulife. As Canadian investors, we all want our financial institutions to remain strong and able to fulfill their investment goals, as well as, fulfill the...
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Celebrities Living with Long-Term Disabilities: Diabetes

Celebrities Living with Long-Term Disabilities: Diabetes

One of the most well-known invisible illnesses is Diabetes. There are 11 million Canadians living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. This means that someone you know is likely affected by the disease. Diabetes is a chronic and sometimes fatal disease where the body cannot produce enough insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it creates. There are three types of diabetes, but the most commonly known are Type 1 and Type 2.  Type 1 Diabetes Type 1 diabetes is incurable but manageable; with Type 1 the immune system attacks and kills beta cells of the pancreas and either no...