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Tips For Finding A Diagnosis

Tips For Finding A Diagnosis

Experiencing symptoms that make it impossible to work or function normally is a pervasive force that negatively impacts your life. When you are unable to get a diagnosis from medical professionals, this can add more stress to your illness. Along with being unable to get the proper treatment you need, it is also a struggle to get approval from your insurance company for the benefits you deserve. Why Is This Happening? Medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPs) are one of the most common problems in modern medical practice, accounting for somewhere between 15% to  30%...
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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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Medical Professional Survey Infographic

Medical Professional Survey Infographic

Share Lawyers commissioned a survey of healthcare professionals and talked to them about the experience of their patients. We found out the most commonly diagnosed conditions in their practice, and about how people feel during their medical consults. The results were surprising. Of all the healthcare professionals we spoke to, 81% thought patients want an experienced lawyer after receiving a serious medical diagnosis, and 51% of healthcare professionals have received inquiries from their patients about legal issues. What these results show us is consistent with what we...
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Ask A Lawyer: Medical Marijuana and Your Rights

Ask A Lawyer: Medical Marijuana and Your Rights

  Q: My doctor prescribed me medical marijuana drops for my arthritis pain, but the insurance company says that I am not seeking treatment, so they do not have to pay me.  What can I do? A: If conventional medicine suggests that no further active treatment will help you to overcome your disability, then you do not have to do more than what your own physicians can offer you in that regard. If your doctors feel that there is some medication that you ought to take, and you do not take it, then that could be construed as failure to be in active treatment. Legally, if the...
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Raising Awareness Has a Positive Impact for Those with Chronic Illnesses

Raising Awareness Has a Positive Impact for Those with Chronic Illnesses

  During the Tragically Hip’s farewell concert last August, Gord Downie’s unmistakable voice was heard coast to coast. The concert was broadcast into the homes of millions of Canadians, and thousands more flocked to Kingston to witness the legendary and prolific musician’s last-ever performance. The news of Gord Downie’s terminal brain cancer diagnosis last May left many fans shocked and saddened. His decision to do one final tour across the country, however, and the subsequent donations to cancer research it has encouraged, is an uplifting part of what will likely...