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Why is the Insurance Company Sending me to an Independent Medical Assessment?

Why is the Insurance Company Sending me to an Independent Medical Assessmen...

At Share Lawyers, we often get asked by our clients why their insurance companies are sending them for an independent medical assessment. Many of us have never come across the term independent medical examination (IME) before, and need clarification about what it is, and why it happens.  IMEs exist to provide an unbiased medical examination for evidence in legal matters. Most often, these occur in cases related to disability, personal injury and motor vehicle accidents.  It is specifically conducted by a medical professional who has never previously offered care...
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PTSD: The Facts

PTSD: The Facts

For those of us who have not experienced Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), understanding the difference between an acutely stressful time and having the disorder can be confusing. Everyone faces difficult and frightening situations throughout life to varying degrees. Though over time the emotional impact of these experiences usually fade, PTSD can last much longer and can have serious consequences on one’s life.  Events that are categorized as traumatic generally fall under the categories of crimes, natural disasters, accidents, war, conflict, or other...
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Heart Attacks on the Big Screen Leave a False Impression of Real-Life Symptoms

Heart Attacks on the Big Screen Leave a False Impression of Real-Life Sympt...

When we think of heart attacks, we often find ourselves picturing scenes from the movies. We remember that moment in Something’s Gotta Give where Harry (Jack Nicholson) collapses in pain after fooling around with his girlfriend, Marin (Amanda Pete). He flails about, wincing in pain, trying to deter Erica (Diane Keaton) from performing CPR. We think of the moment in The Godfather when Don Vito Corleone collapses suddenly while playing with his grandson in the tomato garden, dying almost instantly. We may even think of the silliness from Monty Python And The Holy Grail...
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How to Find the Right Mental Health Specialist

How to Find the Right Mental Health Specialist

Mental health often manifests without any physical symptoms. This can make it difficult to diagnose, which in turn can make it even more difficult to get a long-term disability claim recognized. Unlike a broken arm or a torn ACL, there’s simply no way to make an irrefutable mental health diagnosis based on an x-ray or an MRI. That’s why getting the support of a medical professional is absolutely essential when filing a long-term disability claim related to your mental health. A trained therapist will be able to corroborate your experience and verify that you have a...
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When a Claim is Unclear, a Denial is Even More Likely

When a Claim is Unclear, a Denial is Even More Likely

We first met Walter when he was 37 years old. After a year of struggling with his mental health, he was looking for support for himself and his family. He was grateful to have found us, and we were lucky to be a part of his journey. As a truck driver, it was important for Walter to be fully engaged while driving. He was dealing with potentially dangerous situations on a daily basis, and there was little room for error. He had always been confident and focused at his job, but had recently begun to experience bouts of acute anxiety. Tasks that had seemed straightforward to...
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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...