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Managing Stress While Living with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis

Managing Stress While Living with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis

Like many chronic illnesses, living with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis can be extremely stressful. While stress does not cause the condition, it can certainly make symptoms worse. There are, however, many lifestyle changes that can help manage these symptoms and make life easier.  A 2010 Canadian study found that after working with 552 patients with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis over the course of a year, the risk of symptoms flaring increased when the patients were feeling stressed. For this reason, it is exceedingly important for patients to manage their...
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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...
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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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I need a vacation. Will that interfere with my disability benefits?

I need a vacation. Will that interfere with my disability benefits?

Life doesn’t stop when you file a disability claim. The stresses of treatment and recovery can be just as taxing as the stresses of the workplace, and people struggling with a disability deserve a vacation just as much as anyone else. Depending on your condition, your doctor could even recommend a relaxing getaway as something that would be beneficial to your health! However, you will want to make sure you go through the proper channels. If you book a trip without any concern for the potential ramifications, there’s a chance that you could jeopardize your disability...
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[VIDEO] Why Do Insurance Companies Deny Claims?

[VIDEO] Why Do Insurance Companies Deny Claims?

Having your disability claim denied can be a difficult and often discouraging experience but it’s important to keep in mind some key facts about the insurance process. “The short answer,” says Kirk Sloane, Lawyer at Share Lawyers, “is they don’t really want to pay you, didn’t really want to pay you, and are always looking for a reason to stop paying you.”  Unfortunately, insurance companies do not want to pay out anything if they can avoid it. So the reality is that they’re looking for reasons to deny claims from the get-go. In some cases, they may have an easier time...
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Did You Know? Canadians and Back Pain

Did You Know? Canadians and Back Pain

Medical conditions like multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease can be debilitating, but they’re also relatively rare. Back pain, on the other hand, affects nearly everybody. Approximately 85% of the workforce will experience back pain at some point during their careers, with 50% of Canadians being affected in an average six-month period. That means that a full half of the working public is struggling with back pain at any given point in time; a figure that has an outsized impact on Canada’s public health. Lower back pain carries an annual price tag somewhere between $6...