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Travel Diary – Noor’s Story

Travel Diary – Noor’s Story

Born and raised in Malaysia, Noor had spent most of her adult life as a childcare worker in Halifax, Nova Scotia until her Crohn’s disease forced her to stop working. She enjoyed her work, but she didn’t get to make it home to Malaysia nearly as often as she’d like. At the very least, she wished she got to spend more time with her family and always felt left out whenever they got together for a big event back home. That’s why she was determined to make it back to Malaysia for the most recent family reunion. One of Noor’s cousins had fallen sick; a relative that she had...
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LTD Benefits Revoked After  Trip Surveillance

LTD Benefits Revoked After Trip Surveillance

For Charlie, time away from work was hardly a vacation. He had been forced to stop working as the front desk concierge at a condo building in downtown Calgary, and his condition was yet to improve more than a year after filing a long term disability claim. His doctors had diagnosed him with arthritis – their expertise had allowed him to get his claim approved – but so far they hadn’t found a way to reduce his symptoms. Until then, there was simply no way he could even consider going back to work. On most days, he could barely make it downstairs without suffering...
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Why is the Insurance Company Sending me to an Independent Medical Assessment?

Why is the Insurance Company Sending me to an Independent Medical Assessmen...

At Share Lawyers, we often get asked by our clients why their insurance companies are sending them for an independent medical assessment. Many of us have never come across the term independent medical examination (IME) before, and need clarification about what it is, and why it happens.  IMEs exist to provide an unbiased medical examination for evidence in legal matters. Most often, these occur in cases related to disability, personal injury and motor vehicle accidents.  It is specifically conducted by a medical professional who has never previously offered care...
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How Celebrities Change the Profile of Mental Illness

How Celebrities Change the Profile of Mental Illness

A mental health issue like anxiety or depression is a perfectly legitimate basis for a disability claim, especially if it interferes with regular workplace responsibilities. Unfortunately, people have powerful misconceptions about what a person with depression is supposed to look like, and can be dismissive of those who don’t fit the expected profile. That can be particularly true in the case of celebrities, many of whom have been increasingly forthcoming about their struggles with mental health. Justin Bieber, for instance, recently took to Instagram to reveal that he...
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Managing Mental Health: Life After Your Disability Settlement

Managing Mental Health: Life After Your Disability Settlement

Throughout the legal process of fighting for your disability benefits, it might seem as though everything will be easy once the legal battle is over. Adjusting back into a regular daily routine can seem like the light at the end of the tunnel. However, this can often end up being a stressful period. Managing a disability can be daunting, and when it is related to mental health, there are many factors to consider. In order to benefit from the services and support available, it is important to know your rights.  The Ontario Human Rights Code provides for equal...