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Heavy Lifting: Denied Claim For Construction Worker With Anxiety

Heavy Lifting: Denied Claim For Construction Worker With Anxiety

Tyler had never been one to shy away from manual labour. He was strong and in good physical health, and construction work seemed like a good way to leverage his abilities. Or at least, that’s the way it had seemed when he first took the job when he was 29 years old. As a single father, Tyler needed a steady source of income to provide for his son. He didn’t realize how much of an impact his mental health could have on his physical performance. Tyler had struggled with depression when he was younger, but his flare-ups had always seemed relatively minor. His mental health...
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Why is My Employer Giving Me a Deadline? Frustrated Contracts and Disability Claims

Why is My Employer Giving Me a Deadline? Frustrated Contracts and Disabilit...

When you are forced to go off work due to illness or injury, it isn’t a happy time for you or your employer.   For employers having employees off on a disability claim creates a difficult situation where employers may have to scramble to ensure that your work gets done. If your claim is denied for short term or long-term disability benefits, an employer will often put pressure on you to return to the workplace or risk losing your job.  In order to reduce costs and minimize disruption in the workplace, employers may choose to try to end the relationship with...
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The Memory of a Classroom: Debbie’s Story

The Memory of a Classroom: Debbie’s Story

Debbie was relieved when the doctors first told her that she had a concussion. She’d always been under the impression that concussions were relatively minor, so she figured she’d be back on her feet and back in the classroom in a matter of days. Unfortunately, Debbie didn’t yet realize that no two concussions are the same. Some people do indeed recover quickly with few long-term side effects. Other people experience persistent symptoms that can last for months – or even years – beyond the initial trauma. Debbie would eventually learn that she was in the latter camp. She...
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Chronic Pain: Invisible but Very Real

Chronic Pain: Invisible but Very Real

At first, Josie was grateful. She had walked away from the crash relatively unscathed, and the injuries she sustained healed over the next few weeks. Any car accident could be harrowing, but she was a young and otherwise healthy college student and had been able to bounce back without too many lasting consequences. Or at least, that’s the way it had seemed at the time. She would eventually learn that the collision had done more permanent damage than she had initially realized, though it would still be several years before her symptoms truly started to manifest. It began...
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What Happens After an LTD Settlement? Relief

What Happens After an LTD Settlement? Relief

It had been Ryan’s dream to be a professional football player since he first laid eyes on the gridiron as a young boy. Following years of dedication, hard work, and a few college championships, Ryan, now 34, found himself playing ball as a semi-pro quarterback in the NFC. He was well on his way to the CFL when his dreams were shattered by a devastating back injury he sustained during practice. The years of hard work and pressures of the sport had taken a toll on Ryan’s body and his mind – and he had been struggling with recurring bouts of depression over...
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How To Safely Seek Medical Attention During COVID-19

How To Safely Seek Medical Attention During COVID-19

Currently, it can be difficult to know how to go about seeing your physician for anything non-COVID-19 related. The current government mandates for how to handle symptoms of the virus have been clearly laid out. But what do you do if a pre-existing condition is worsening? Or what if you find yourself with new symptoms and need to see your family doctor or go into the emergency department of your nearest hospital? We’ve put together some guidelines and advice from several different clinics and hospitals to help guide you through your various health care needs during these...