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

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

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...
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Connection Between Fibromyalgia & Stress

Connection Between Fibromyalgia & Stress

One of the most stressful aspects of living with a chronic condition is dealing with the unknown. In many situations, symptoms can vary and change over time, as can the effectiveness of various treatments. Without a clear path for dealing with pain, a person can become anxious, stressed, and depressed.  Fibromyalgia is one such condition. It is long-term and causes pain and tenderness throughout the body. When symptoms temporarily increase in severity, it is called a flare-up. Due to the nature of fibromyalgia, flare-ups can make many activities in day to day life...
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Own Occupation vs. Any Occupation

Own Occupation vs. Any Occupation

Own Occupation In most cases when a claim is approved for disability benefits it will fall under the own occupation category, at least for the first few months up to approximately two years. This means that the claimant is unable to perform the specific occupation they had when they became unable to work. However, there are many nuances involved in establishing total disability during this period. Norwood on Life Insurance Law in Canada states, “Total disability in the legal sense does not require that the insured be incapable of all work activity, only that the medical...
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Conditions That Are Difficult to Diagnose: Part I

Conditions That Are Difficult to Diagnose: Part I

Most people suffering from mysterious symptoms find it is difficult or impossible to work. Along with their symptoms, they experience stress from not knowing what they are suffering from or how to treat it, making it difficult to focus in the workplace. In many cases, their symptoms are accompanied by a long and frustrating road to finding a diagnosis – if one is ever found. To help our clients find their best treatment, Share Lawyers is creating a two-part series including information and resources about conditions that are difficult to diagnose, often missed by...
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Ask a Lawyer: Fibromyalgia

Ask a Lawyer: Fibromyalgia

Read about specific issues surrounding Fibromyalgia and disabilities claims. Q: Is Fibromyalgia considered a disability in Ontario? A: Yes, fibromyalgia is considered a disability in Ontario. Fibromyalgia is one of several ‘invisible disabilities’ that require certain specific medical criteria to be considered a valid diagnosis.   Q: My friends and family have told me that insurance companies do not pay long-term disability claims to people suffering from fibromyalgia. I recently applied and haven’t heard anything yet. What can I expect? A: Insurance companies tend...
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A Roundup of Our Top 3 Blogs About Fibromyalgia

A Roundup of Our Top 3 Blogs About Fibromyalgia

It’s not ‘all in your head’! Fibromyalgia is a debilitating disorder that affects a small percentage of people. It can difficult to diagnose and treat. We’ve talked a lot about fibromyalgia on our blog. If you suspect that you have fibromyalgia and want to pursue the disability benefits that you deserve, here are three must-read blog posts to check out that will give you some insight into fibromyalgia and disability law. The Pain is Real In this blog post on fibromyalgia, we discuss the nature of fibromyalgia, including the fact that it is a valid physiological and...