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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...
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Post-Settlement – Life After Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-Settlement – Life After Post-Concussion Syndrome

When Sara, 40, slipped on the ice last winter while skating with her family, she hit her head. She blacked out for a few seconds and woke up feeling dizzy and nauseated. Her family took her to the emergency department where they ran some tests and found out that she had a concussion. It didn’t seem too serious at first, so she pushed herself to get back to her normal routine almost immediately. Within a day she was getting violently ill at work, suffering splitting headaches, and often lost track of what she was saying mid-sentence. She had developed post-concussion...
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The Challenges of Life with Epilepsy

The Challenges of Life with Epilepsy

While epilepsy is frequently associated with physical seizures, the condition is, in fact, a brain disorder that involves abnormal bursts of electrical activity. Those bursts can and do trigger seizures, but the severity and frequency will vary from individual to individual. That means that epilepsy will manifest differently depending on the circumstances. Many patients are able to lead relatively unencumbered lives, with seizures occurring at a rate of less than one per year. Others experience multiple seizures every day, which can make it far more difficult to hold a...
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How Do I Convince My Insurance Provider to Approve My Claim?

How Do I Convince My Insurance Provider to Approve My Claim?

When it comes to a long term disability claim, the diagnosis is only half the battle. You still need to get your insurance company to approve your disability. Most providers will be hesitant to do so and will scrutinize your application to find a way to invalidate your claim and avoid paying benefits. So what can you do to make sure your claim makes it through the rigorous review process? Generally speaking, more evidence is always better. X-rays, CAT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, and other test results can all serve as irrefutable evidence of a medical condition. If you can...
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Managing Pressure & Denied Disability Benefits

Managing Pressure & Denied Disability Benefits

Mark grew up in Cambridge, Ontario, and spent his entire life there. He loved being close to family and friends. He had a great community and a nice life. He had a stable job as an Assembly-Plant Quality Monitor, and his supervisors appreciated his hard work. He was well-liked amongst his colleagues.  Throughout his 20s and 30s, Mark experienced acute bouts of depression. Now, at age 53, it had been years since he’d had an episode and he generally felt stable and secure in his mental health. However, over the last few months, he had been more lethargic than usual....