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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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Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Disability in Television

Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Disability in Television

There’s a long history of problematic representation of persons with disabilities in film and television. From being portrayed as villainous or helpless (see Darth Vader and Tiny Tim) to being used as inspiration fodder or the butt of a joke (Forrest Gump), persons with disabilities have often been used as plot devices rather than being portrayed as human beings. However, despite this long-standing trend, things are changing.  Arguably one of the best television shows of all time, Breaking Bad, did wonders for representations of people with disabilities with the...
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Should I Assume I’m Under Surveillance By The Insurance Company?

Should I Assume I’m Under Surveillance By The Insurance Company?

When you apply for disability insurance, it’s quite common for the insurance company to put you under surveillance. Now, if you don’t know what that means, the term “surveillance” can be a little daunting, even downright frightening. So what does being under surveillance entail and what do you need to know to protect yourself?  What it means is that they’re keeping an eye on your day-to-day activity to make sure you’re not lying or exaggerating your claim of illness and disability. They may keep an eye on your social media accounts and the accounts of your friends and...
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[VIDEO] Invisible Disabilities & Insurance Claims: What You Need To Know

[VIDEO] Invisible Disabilities & Insurance Claims: What You Need To Kn...

When it comes to filing a claim for disability benefits, some ailments are easier to prove than others. Invisible disabilities, for example, are notoriously difficult to demonstrate which can make proving the necessity of benefits that much harder. So just what constitutes an invisible disability? And what do you need to know to successfully apply for disability benefits when you have one?  “The reason they refer to them as an invisible disability,” says Associate Lawyer Allison Gilmour, “is because it’s something that doesn’t necessarily show up on a medical test....
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Travel Diary – Noor’s Story

Travel Diary – Noor’s Story

Born and raised in Malaysia, Noor had spent most of her adult life as a childcare worker in Halifax, Nova Scotia until her Crohn’s disease forced her to stop working. She enjoyed her work, but she didn’t get to make it home to Malaysia nearly as often as she’d like. At the very least, she wished she got to spend more time with her family and always felt left out whenever they got together for a big event back home. That’s why she was determined to make it back to Malaysia for the most recent family reunion. One of Noor’s cousins had fallen sick; a relative that she had...
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LTD Benefits Revoked After  Trip Surveillance

LTD Benefits Revoked After Trip Surveillance

For Charlie, time away from work was hardly a vacation. He had been forced to stop working as the front desk concierge at a condo building in downtown Calgary, and his condition was yet to improve more than a year after filing a long term disability claim. His doctors had diagnosed him with arthritis – their expertise had allowed him to get his claim approved – but so far they hadn’t found a way to reduce his symptoms. Until then, there was simply no way he could even consider going back to work. On most days, he could barely make it downstairs without suffering...