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Cystic Fibrosis Resources

Cystic Fibrosis Resources

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that can be fatal affecting the digestive system and the lungs. At present there is no cure. There is an estimated one in every 3,600 children born in Canada with CF and more than 4,100 Canadian children, adolescents, and adults with cystic fibrosis attend CF clinics. CF occurs when a child inherits two defective copies of the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis- one from each parent. Approximately 1 in 25 Canadians carry a one of these defective gene copies and do not have CF or any of the related symptoms. What Are Its...
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Ask A Lawyer: Cystic Fibrosis

Ask A Lawyer: Cystic Fibrosis

At Share Lawyers, we know that when your long-term disability insurance is denied, it can be an overwhelming and stressful experience. For those with Cystic Fibrosis, it may have been possible for you to work for quite some time, but as your disease progresses symptoms tend to worsen and you need the support of long-term disability benefits to help you take the time to focus on your health. We have compiled a list of relevant questions with answers when it comes to disability insurance claims and Cystic Fibrosis that may help clarify some confusion for you.   I’ve had...
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Emerging Treatments for Crohn’s and Colitis

Emerging Treatments for Crohn’s and Colitis

Medical records Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis date back to the late 1800s. The exact cause of these conditions are still unknown, however, they have been linked to a combination of environmental factors, immune function and bacterial factors, as well as a patient’s genetic susceptibility to developing the disease. There are approximately 233,000 Canadians living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Nearly half of them, 104,000, live with ulcerative colitis and 129,000 live with Crohn’s disease. Treatments and drug therapies do not follow a “one size fits all” model...
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Conditions That Are Difficult to Diagnose: Part I

Conditions That Are Difficult to Diagnose: Part I

Most people suffering from mysterious symptoms find it is difficult or impossible to work. Along with their symptoms, they experience stress from not knowing what they are suffering from or how to treat it, making it difficult to focus in the workplace. In many cases, their symptoms are accompanied by a long and frustrating road to finding a diagnosis – if one is ever found. To help our clients find their best treatment, Share Lawyers is creating a two-part series including information and resources about conditions that are difficult to diagnose, often missed by...
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A Roundup of Our Top 3 Blogs About Independent Medical Examinations

A Roundup of Our Top 3 Blogs About Independent Medical Examinations

Have you been asked to undergo a medical examination as part of your disability claim? What should you do? Along with FCEs (Functional Capacity Evaluations) and techniques such as unannounced home visits and covert surveillance, one of the primary investigative tools insurers use when assessing a disability claim, and particularly in high-benefit long-term disability claims, are IMEs or Independent Medical Examinations. We’ve discussed IMEs quite a bit on the Share Lawyers blog, but it’s important for you to know what your rights are when dealing with an insurer who...
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Denied Disability for Head Trauma

Denied Disability for Head Trauma

Joel is a 41-year-old former warehouse manager and part-time DJ. For years Joel burned the candle at both ends, working hard on weekdays and DJing regularly at weddings and parties on the weekends. After pulling a number of late nights, Joel was so tired that he slipped in the shower and hit his head. Luckily for Joel, his employer let him take a month off to recuperate. After taking some time to rest, Joel returned to work. Three short months later, Joel had a seizure while working late. His doctor ordered an MRI and an EEG but both examinations came back negative. After...