Do You Have a Disability Case?
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What Do I Do If I Don’t Have a Diagnosis?

What Do I Do If I Don’t Have a Diagnosis?

In most long-term disability cases, people will experience symptoms long before they receive an official diagnosis. Those symptoms send people to the doctor in the first place, and they can become quite severe before anyone can identify a cause. As it relates to work, that means that you are eligible for long-term disability benefits even if your condition has not yet been diagnosed. In order to receive benefits, you simply need to demonstrate that your medical issues prevent you from doing your job. In that regard, an official diagnosis does not make a condition any more...
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Day In The Life: A Past Car Accident Comes Back to Haunt the Present

Day In The Life: A Past Car Accident Comes Back to Haunt the Present

Milton, 47, owned a hair salon. But despite the success of his business, things had not always gone smoothly for him. Eight years ago, Milton had been involved in a hit and run car accident. He suffered a concussion as well as neck injuries. Although he eventually recovered, his wife recently noticed that he was becoming very forgetful, which was unusual for him. Milton also began to experience cognitive problems. These issues were negatively impacting his daily life at work and at home. Milton’s wife urged him to see a doctor, and he made an appointment to see what may...
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Five Things You Can Do To Help Your Chronic Pain

Five Things You Can Do To Help Your Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be so debilitating it can feel like it dominates every aspect of your life. Here are some steps you can take to deal with your chronic pain. Exercise Although it may seem counterproductive, exercise can help with chronic pain. Exercise produces endorphins, which act on the opiate receptors in our brains. Endorphins help to reduce pain and increase pleasure, causing a feeling of well-being. Ask your doctor about what kinds of exercise might be best for your specific situation. They can give you advice on the best types of physical activities to help...
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I Have Diabetes: Am I Eligible for Disability Benefits?

I Have Diabetes: Am I Eligible for Disability Benefits?

As far as the law is concerned, diabetes is much like any other medical condition. If the disease limits your ability to do your job, it can be grounds for a short or long term disability claim. So, how can diabetes impact you at work? To a certain extent, the answer will depend on the specific nature of your job. For example, many people with diabetes experience numbness in their extremities. If you have a physical job that requires you to spend long hours on your feet – or one that needs fine motor skills with your hands – that can make it nearly impossible to perform...
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An Office Manager Without An Office: Denied Claim For Migraines

An Office Manager Without An Office: Denied Claim For Migraines

Celine is a 32 year old office manager that felt like she could handle anything the job could throw at her.  Like many workplaces, Celine’s employer had closed its offices in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and transitioned to a work from home environment at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was understandable, but it completely upended her day-to-day routine, as well as the basic demands of the job and the workflow processes she had developed over the years. This took a toll on Celine’s health. While Celine had experienced migraines in the past, they...
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A Good Patient Advocate Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

A Good Patient Advocate Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

When it comes to healthcare, communication is vital. Doctors and nurses need an accurate description of a patient’s symptoms in order to make a diagnosis and provide the appropriate care. This is particularly vital for people with disabilities, who could be taking other medications or experiencing complications that could factor into a doctor’s analysis. Unfortunately, those same disabilities can also make it more difficult to communicate, especially if the healthcare staff is not familiar with the patient.   That’s why it’s important for people with...