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Managing Stress with a Disability: Life After Your Settlement

Managing Stress with a Disability: Life After Your Settlement

After your settlement, there will be a feeling of great relief. However, the calm after the storm comes with its own set of challenges.  Adjusting to life with a disability is never easy. Change is difficult, and finding ways to cope with certain limitations is a challenge. Learning to accept your disability is a process, filled with highs and lows. Experts encourage those in this situation to allow themselves a period of mourning. Experiencing sadness and frustration is normal, and should not be suppressed. Allowing yourself to feel and express yourself honestly...
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Why is the Insurance Company Sending me to an Independent Medical Assessment?

Why is the Insurance Company Sending me to an Independent Medical Assessmen...

At Share Lawyers, we often get asked by our clients why their insurance companies are sending them for an independent medical assessment. Many of us have never come across the term independent medical examination (IME) before, and need clarification about what it is, and why it happens.  IMEs exist to provide an unbiased medical examination for evidence in legal matters. Most often, these occur in cases related to disability, personal injury and motor vehicle accidents.  It is specifically conducted by a medical professional who has never previously offered care...
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Managing Mental Health: Life After Your Disability Settlement

Managing Mental Health: Life After Your Disability Settlement

Throughout the legal process of fighting for your disability benefits, it might seem as though everything will be easy once the legal battle is over. Adjusting back into a regular daily routine can seem like the light at the end of the tunnel. However, this can often end up being a stressful period. Managing a disability can be daunting, and when it is related to mental health, there are many factors to consider. In order to benefit from the services and support available, it is important to know your rights.  The Ontario Human Rights Code provides for equal...
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Ask A Lawyer: Crohn’s and Colitis

Ask A Lawyer: Crohn’s and Colitis

Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis can present in different symptoms depending on the individual. Usually those affected are diagnosed between the ages of 15-30, but flare ups and variance in symptoms are very common. When your Crohn’s disease and colitis are making it too difficult to work, and you are applying for short or long term benefits so you can take the time to focus and be well, it can be challenging when you face a denied claim from your insurance provider. Share Lawyers is here with some answers when it comes to some questions you might have when dealing with...
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Ask a Lawyer About Chronic Pain

Ask a Lawyer About Chronic Pain

In this blog post, Share Lawyers’ lawyers answer questions from potential clients with chronic pain. Read on to learn more about particular issues surrounding chronic pain disability. Q: I suffer from chronic pain that stops me from working. My specialist suspects Lyme disease, but we don’t have a firm diagnosis yet. Should I wait for my diagnosis before I apply for long-term disability benefits? A: If you have symptoms that prevent you from working, and you have doctors that support your disability, you should not wait for a diagnosis. Submit your claim as soon as...
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Disabilities That Often Go Overlooked

Disabilities That Often Go Overlooked

Some conditions that qualify for disability coverage may surprise you. While some disabilities are conditions that you wouldn’t necessarily expect –  they all negatively impact the lives of the people who have them. At Share Lawyers, we know that the people who have disabilities need care and support, and will often need expert legal assistance to ensure that their claims are approved. These disabilities are serious and hinder those who have them in their daily lives. Scarring You might be surprised to learn that scarring can qualify as a disability. People...