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Denied Disability Claim For Addiction

Denied Disability Claim For Addiction

Applications for disability benefits with invisible illnesses are often held to higher levels of scrutiny. Addictions — alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, etc are considered invisible illnesses, and are often heavily scrutinized. Leonard, a 43-year-old web developer, learned this the hard way.  Leonard was walking home when he was involved in a car accident. Someone ran a red light and hit him as he was crossing the street. Thankfully, it was a small residential area, so the car wasn’t moving fast enough to cause any broken bone but Leonard suffered severe whiplash, a...
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Denied Due to Lack of Evidence

Denied Due to Lack of Evidence

Wayne enjoyed his work as a digital marketing strategist, but he would not have described the job as a physically demanding one. He started to rethink that stance after his health took a turn for the worse when he turned 35. At first, his symptoms were relatively minor. He might be tired one day and sore on another, but for the most part it just felt like an extension of the regular aches and pains that most people dealt with during their adulthood. Unfortunately, those symptoms gradually became more intense over the course of several months. Before long, Wayne was...
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Fibromyalgia Denied With Not Enough Proof

Fibromyalgia Denied With Not Enough Proof

Carter was used to a little bit of pain. He spent a lot of time on his feet in his day job as a building manager, and things just hurt more at 50 than they did at 20. That’s why he wasn’t too concerned when he started to experience mild but recurring pain that spread from his right leg to his lower back. It was unpleasant, but not entirely unexpected. Unfortunately, those symptoms persisted, and his efforts to diagnose the problem were largely ineffective. Based on the location of the pain, Carter thought it might have something to do with a bad fall that he had...
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Supporting A Loved One With Anxiety/Depression

Supporting A Loved One With Anxiety/Depression

Mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety can be insidious conditions. Invisible illnesses, they’re easily dismissed, the severity of their symptoms easily diminished. That’s why it’s vitally important to know how to help those with depression or anxiety, whether they’re a friend or a loved one.  The first step in helping someone is knowing what they’re up against. That means doing as much research as possible, learning what you can about their conditions, and then being open to learning more as time goes on. The first and possibly one of the most important...
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Why It’s So Important to Listen & Empathize With Our Clients

Why It’s So Important to Listen & Empathize With Our Clients

At the most basic level, a disability is a disruption. Those who develop a condition in their adulthood can suddenly find themselves struggling with everyday tasks, and are physically or mentally unable to do as much as they did when they were younger. It can be incredibly demoralizing to be forced to confront those limitations, and no one feels that more acutely than the person wading through a to-do list that never seems to get any smaller. Unfortunately, many bystanders are simply unwilling or unable to empathize with that struggle. They have no broader understanding...
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Workplace Allergies Not Supported by Long Term Disability

Workplace Allergies Not Supported by Long Term Disability

By the time he was 42, Connor had learned to appreciate his job as a warehouse worker in Hamilton. There weren’t many other jobs he could do with his lack of formal training, but he had managed to carve out a place for himself on the floor.   His world started to unravel when he developed a serious allergy to one of the cleaning chemicals used in the building. He was regularly breaking out in hives and often had trouble breathing, and the symptoms persisted after he started wearing work gloves and a mask. His doctor told him that allergies like this can begin at...