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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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A Painful Awakening, Living with Fibromyalgia

A Painful Awakening, Living with Fibromyalgia

As a remote online support specialist, Joseph knew his job wasn’t physically demanding. And yet, he was always trying to rub the tension out of his arms and legs, and his lower back would usually be sore (sometimes agonizingly so) when he finally clocked out at the end of the day. Things finally reached a breaking point shortly after Joseph turned 37. Though his pain had been getting worse for several years, it had never prevented Joseph from doing his job. He decided to consult his doctor for tests only after his performance at work began to suffer. ...
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Denied Claim For Contractor With Opioid Addiction

Denied Claim For Contractor With Opioid Addiction

All too often, long-term disability benefit claims are questioned when the cause is listed as addiction. Whether the addiction is in relation to a substance, an activity, or behaviour, it takes a strict adherence of application guidelines and practices for the claim to even be considered. Chief among those requirements is, perhaps one of its most limiting, the need to be enrolled in or show proof of enrollment in a rehabilitation program. Nevertheless, according to the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) “mental health issues and addictions are ‘disabilities’ that are...
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A Nurse’s Denied Disability With Multiple Sclerosis

A Nurse’s Denied Disability With Multiple Sclerosis

Like many chronic condition diagnoses, a multiple sclerosis diagnosis can change a person’s life. In many ways, it can mean anticipating flare-ups of chronic pain and discomfort at any given time throughout the day. Lauren, a 45-year-old Nurse Practitioner working at a busy medical clinic and single mother with two teenage boys, leads a chaotic but fulfilling life. Having worked at the clinic for nearly 15 years, she loved her job and managed to work around its long, tiring hours on top of taking care of her home and her children. But one day that started to change. While...
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Mental Health In The Black Community

Mental Health In The Black Community

As North Americans continue to fight for racial equality following the murder of George Floyd, various shocking statistics have come to light about disparities regarding access to resources for the Black community. Chief among those are the statistics that strongly support claims of severe disparities in terms of quality and access to mental health care for the Black community in both Canada and the United States.  Factoring in the trauma of the pandemic and the ensuing hardship of self-isolation creates a profound need for mental health services for everyone....