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How Do I Convince My Insurance Provider to Approve My Claim?

How Do I Convince My Insurance Provider to Approve My Claim?

When it comes to a long term disability claim, the diagnosis is only half the battle. You still need to get your insurance company to approve your disability. Most providers will be hesitant to do so and will scrutinize your application to find a way to invalidate your claim and avoid paying benefits. So what can you do to make sure your claim makes it through the rigorous review process? Generally speaking, more evidence is always better. X-rays, CAT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, and other test results can all serve as irrefutable evidence of a medical condition. If you can...
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Important Information for Travellers on Long Term Disability

Important Information for Travellers on Long Term Disability

Those who travel know how important it is to be well prepared. From carry-on regulations to size requirements to packing lists, the more you plan for in advance, the smoother your travels will be.  For individuals on Long Term Disability (LTD), good organization will not only make travel easier but can be a necessary component for being able to travel at all. This is because the stakes are often high. One’s insurance company, for instance, may see travel as being inconsistent with being disabled from gainful employment. Planning for this is imperative.  The most...
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Mental Illnesses and Support in the Workplace

Mental Illnesses and Support in the Workplace

Over the course of five years sharing an office, Ian and Sam had become good friends. They attended one another’s weddings, went to the occasional baseball game together, and while they weren’t extremely close, they got along well and were happy to have developed such a nice camaraderie at work.  In September of 2018, Ian was absent for two weeks. After a few days, Sam was concerned and sent Ian an email. Ian simply stated that he wasn’t feeling well, and hoped to be back to work soon. After his return to the office, Sam checked in with him again, seeing how he was...
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The Provincial Stance on PTSD in the Workplace

The Provincial Stance on PTSD in the Workplace

Soldiers and first responders are not the only people who experience traumatic events in the workplace. More and more provinces are beginning to recognize that post-traumatic stress disorder can result from adverse conditions in a number of different jobs and are passing legislation that offers unique protections to affected employees. Unfortunately, the strength of such benefits can vary depending on the province and the profession, with much of the support being directed to first responders. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Firefighters, paramedics and police...
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Ask a Lawyer: Returning To Work [VIDEO]

https://www.sharelawyers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Alison-1.mp4 Returning to work after a serious injury or illness can seem daunting. Questions abound; how will you know when you’re physically and mentally ready to return? Should you push yourself to go back to work earlier than your doctor recommends? Is your job at risk if you stay away for too long? Here we weigh in on the process of returning to work, including the pitfalls of returning too soon, listening to the doctor’s orders, and how a little effort can go a long way. When we think about the process of...
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Talking About Mental Health at Work

Talking About Mental Health at Work

It’s hard enough having mental illness, but the prospect of talking about it at work can seem almost too much to bear. While it’s usually straightforward to explain that you need time off for the flu, the stigma around mental illness makes it far more difficult to address symptoms of depression in a similar manner. One of our clients, Sandra, recently experienced this exact scenario. While Sandra’s depression is often controlled by medication and cognitive behavioural therapy, it can fluctuate during particularly challenging life events. Five years ago during a...