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Update on Wiles v. Sun Life – Limitation Periods and Relief from Forfeiture – Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Summary Dismissal of Claim

Update on Wiles v. Sun Life – Limitation Periods and Relief from Forfeiture...

Several months ago, I wrote a blog regarding this case where I suggested that perhaps the summary judgment decision would be reviewed by the Ontario Court of Appeal. The OCA released their decision on September 19, 2018, upholding the dismissal granted by Justice Taylor. Taylor, J. had dismissed the lawsuit against both Sun Life and the employer on the basis that the one-year limitation period in Sun Life’s LTD policy had been missed, and on the basis that Ms. Wiles failure to submit a timely LTD application did not provide the necessary criteria for granting relief from...
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Family Physician Denied Benefits

Family Physician Denied Benefits

As a family physician, Erica can’t even count the number of patients who have asked her to support some kind of long-term disability claim. It’s a lot more common than people think. The causes and conditions vary – she’s dealt with everything from heart disease to the lingering after-effects of car crashes – but in each case, the symptoms are very real. Her patients have chronic medical issues that prevent them from doing their jobs, and they need a professional medical opinion to make sure their claims get honoured by an insurance company. Yet Erica didn’t fully...
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From Stigma to Success: Manitoba Nurse Triumphs After Burn Out

From Stigma to Success: Manitoba Nurse Triumphs After Burn Out

Share Lawyers represents many clients who suffer from mental health disorders and are denied benefits. 2016 was a tough year for Jennifer. As a 27-year-old nurse at a small Brandon hospital facing a number of cutbacks, Jennifer’s workload was becoming untenable. When she approached human resources about her growing stress, she was told to make the best of it – like everyone else on staff. Though she tried for several months to follow this advice, she started displaying symptoms of burnout – such as insomnia, forgetfulness, and irritability. Uncomfortable with...
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Share Lawyers are in Your Corner

Share Lawyers are in Your Corner

Here at Share Lawyers, we take pride in getting people the help they need and deserve. Simeon was denied long-term disability benefits while unable to work due to immobilizing arthritis. His condition made simple tasks nearly impossible. Simeon called us after seeing reviews online from other clients who we have had the privilege to help. While working with us, he felt secure, and was much more comfortable navigating his steps forward. We kept him updated every step of the way. “Share Lawyers are a dedicated, friendly and a professional group of people. Their commitment...
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Talking About Mental Health at Work

Talking About Mental Health at Work

It’s hard enough having mental illness, but the prospect of talking about it at work can seem almost too much to bear. While it’s usually straightforward to explain that you need time off for the flu, the stigma around mental illness makes it far more difficult to address symptoms of depression in a similar manner. One of our clients, Sandra, recently experienced this exact scenario. While Sandra’s depression is often controlled by medication and cognitive behavioural therapy, it can fluctuate during particularly challenging life events. Five years ago during a...
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Postpartum Depression – Is This a Disability?

Postpartum Depression – Is This a Disability?

When we think of a debilitating condition, we often think of something physical. As a result, mental illnesses often go unattended, ignored, maligned, and sometimes even brushed aside. But according to CAMH – the Center for Addiction and Mental Health – in a given year, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience some form of mental illness. By the time they reach the age of 40, it’s estimated that 1 in 2 Canadians have, or have had, a mental illness. Those numbers are staggering, and cannot be ignored. Postpartum depression is no exception, and, according to the...