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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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Insurance Company Denies Benefits for Client with Bipolar Disorder

Insurance Company Denies Benefits for Client with Bipolar Disorder

Lester, 31 years old, grew up suffering from ADD and cluster migraines. His symptoms were manageable throughout childhood and even adolescence, however they got more difficult as he aged. Lester trained as a computer software salesman, found a job, and worked his way up the ladder at a company he respected. Sometimes, though not often, cluster migraines would affect his productivity; when this happened he had to go home from work and spend time away from a computer screen. In 2015, Lester was making a six-figure salary for the first time in his life, but with this...
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How is Diabetes Depicted in the Media?

How is Diabetes Depicted in the Media?

TV shows and movies are an important and entertaining part of many of our lives, but they don’t always offer an accurate portrayal of people living with serious or chronic medical conditions. Nuanced or realistic portrayals of serious issues are simply not always possible due to the constraints of the film and television format, namely the fact that directors and producers usually have less than two hours to tell a complete story. There’s also the important fact that movies and TV are a form of escapism for many viewers. Most people don’t want to see real-life when they...
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Chronic Pain – Not Good Enough For LTD?

Chronic Pain – Not Good Enough For LTD?

  Alessandro is a 41-year-old tailor who worked at his family’s business – a high-end suit shop – ever since he was a teenager. As soon as he graduated high school, he began to work full-time at the shop. After a few years, the shop was bought out by a larger company, but the new owners happily kept Alessandro as an employee. He had the right amount of passion and a good reputation with a lot of local clients. Throughout many years of intricate and exhausting handiwork, Alessandro experienced bouts of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but his symptoms were usually...
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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...