[VIDEO] Should You Handle Your Own Disability Claim?

[VIDEO] Should You Handle Your Own Disability Claim?

Imagine you’ve just been denied your long-term disability benefits after having already been unable to work for a couple of months. You’re stressed, tired, and unwell, thus necessitating the very benefits you’ve just been denied. What do you do now? You fight. But fighting against a denied disability claim on your own is a considerable mistake. It’s important to recognize just why it’s imperative to hire a disability lawyer to help you dispute your denied claim rather than taking the burden on entirely yourself.

“There are lots of areas in a disability case that are not as apparent as a client or someone who doesn’t practice in this area might understand,” says Steven Muller, Vice President of Share Lawyers. “That’s why a specialist or someone who does [understand] this area is probably the best way to go for a client.”

In a dispute such as this, there are many potential pitfalls you can fall victim to. Ultimately, the insurance companies are not going to try and make this case easy for you, let alone a team of lawyers that they are most certainly anticipating. They will do what they need to within the confines of the law to win their case, no matter what.

Sophisticated insurance companies with sophisticated actors on staff will do the best they can to take advantage of you. To them, a client representing themselves looks like a sitting duck. They know the ins and outs of the law and have the wherewithal to confuse you, intimidate you, and ultimately potentially hurt you in the long run.

In most cases, clients simply don’t know what to expect from these proceedings. They’re long, complicated endeavours that can be severely draining and compromising even to the most physically-abled individual. But the whole point of this case is to get your disability benefits due to illness or injury. Ultimately, your wellbeing and recovery should be your primary goal, full-stop. You should be putting your energy towards trying to re-enter the workforce rather than investing countless hours, resources, and energy you ultimately don’t have into what always amounts to an abusive process.

Hiring a disability lawyer means we take the brunt of that abuse for you as we’re equipped to handle it. After all, that’s our job! We meet with the insurance companies so you don’t have to. In these situations, there is a marked power dynamic at play, and the insurance companies have all of the power. Having a lawyer involved can help equalize that power imbalance.

And don’t let the fear of financial strain deter you. With Share Lawyers, we do not take a cent until your case is won. There are no retainers, no upfront fees, and no payments to be made until everything is over. We’re here to take the pressure off of you so that you can put your energy towards your care and recovery. Let us help you.  

Has your long-term disability claim been denied? Contact Share Lawyers and put our experience to work for you. We have recently settled cases against Standard Life, Desjardins, Manulife, RBC Insurance, Sun Life, and much more. We offer free consultations and there are no fees unless we win your case. Find out if you have a disability case.