[VIDEO] Teachers, Chronic Pain, & the Importance of Disability Benefits

[VIDEO] Teachers, Chronic Pain, & the Importance of Disability Benefits

The need for disability benefits can feel unnecessary. To the average person who has never experienced physical or mental impairments, it can be incomprehensible. But the fact is that some disabilities actively inhibit your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. If you can’t function normally during your daily routines, going to work and performing to a set standard will also be next to impossible. Teachers who suffer from chronic pain are an excellent example of why disability benefits are so necessary. 

Most teachers spend their days on their feet in front of their class. A deceptively physically demanding job, teaching requires you to be standing most of the day, walking in between desks, bending over to help students with their work, or standing on hard concrete floors in front of a massive lecture hall for hours on end. Whether they teach kindergarten or a Master’s program, teachers and professors have a lot of physical demands in their daily jobs. Throw a chronic pain condition into the mix, and work suddenly becomes impossible. 

Chronic pain can manifest in many different ways depending on the job of the affected person. For teachers, we often see chronic pain include back pain, headaches, arthritis, or neurogenic pain. Sometimes the chronic pain can occur because of a prior injury. Sometimes, it’s due to a different condition such as fibromyalgia or even chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Regardless of the cause, any diagnosis of chronic pain means that a teacher cannot do their job and perform optimally. With chronic pain, you can’t stand in a classroom for eight hours a day. You can’t be actively engaged with the material when your mind is preoccupied with pain. You can’t provide your students with the feedback and the help they need to succeed academically, either. These are the very fundamental tasks of being a teacher, none of which can happen if the person in question is in agony throughout their day. 

Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop insurance companies from denying claims for chronic pain, even for teachers. At Share Lawyers, we handle a lot of denied claims from teachers and have seen every excuse in the book to deny someone their benefits. 

So what can you do if you find yourself in this situation?

Samantha Share, one of our Lawyers, weighed in on the matter saying “the advice I would give to somebody who’s suffering from chronic pain or fibromyalgia who’s been denied their long-term disability claim is to call Share Lawyers. We’ve had a lot of experience dealing with these types of claims, fighting insurance companies on denials, and we will get you a positive outcome for your case.”  

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 Great-West Life, Desjardins, Manulife, RBC Insurance, Sun Life, and many more. We offer free consultations and there are no fees unless we win your case. Find out if you have a disability case.