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Legalization of Marijuana in Canada & Long Term Disability Claims

Legalization of Marijuana in Canada & Long Term Disability Claims

It is now old news that Canada has become the 2nd country in the world to legalize marijuana, as noted in this CNN article. The Canadian government has done this in order to normalize the market for marijuana and to allow the Canadian economy to benefit from this new legal market. Legalization has created a significant demand for legal services to address the numerous issues for society at large, as noted in a recent article by Jim Middlemiss in Canadian Lawyer magazine. While the feeding frenzy in the business world ramps up, society is trying to grapple with how to deal...
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Defendant’s Refusal to Mediate Results in Increased Costs Award

Defendant’s Refusal to Mediate Results in Increased Costs Award

A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice suggests that while mediation may not be mandatory in every court jurisdiction in Ontario, a party’s failure to participate (usually the insurance company or self-insured employer in a disability insurance case), could result in an increased cost award at the end of the trial. In the case of Canfield v. Brockville Ontario Speedway[i], which was released on May 28, 2018, Mr. Justice Mew awarded additional costs against the defendants where they unreasonably refused to participate in mediation that had been proposed...
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Not All Mobility Disabilities Can Be Seen

Not All Mobility Disabilities Can Be Seen

What do you think of when you think about a person with disabilities? Can you see their disability? What often comes to mind is someone with physical signs of disability – maybe a wheelchair, hearing device, visible limp, or cane. According to the World Health Organization, over 15% of the world’s population identifies with having a hidden disability. Mobile disabilities or impairments refers to the inability to use one or more of following: use of arms or legs, lack of strength to walk, grasp, or lift heavy objects. While these kinds of disabilities can be caused...
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Ask a Lawyer: Mobility

Ask a Lawyer: Mobility

We understand that as medical conditions develop or worsen, an individual’s mobility can drastically change. We hear from clients every day who are unsure of what steps they can take either before filing a long term disability claim or after they have been denied. We have compiled several common questions that are available on the Ask A Lawyer section of our website. If I have a Private Policy, am I entitled to disability benefits if I work at a different occupation? The policy wording is crucial. Many private policies are sold as paying out benefits if you cannot work in...
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A Mobility Disability Is More Than Just Not Being Able To Get Around

A Mobility Disability Is More Than Just Not Being Able To Get Around

At Share Lawyers we understand that mobility issues after an illness or injury can have an effect on more than just your ability to work. Often when long term disability benefits are denied, it’s on the basis that the person filing is capable of working based on their physical abilities. All too often they do not take into account the emotional and psychological effects of disability and mobility and how that plays a role in one’s capability to work and live. Those with mobility disabilities can find it challenging to work, but also to complete tasks like cleaning,...