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How Long Does a Long Term Disability Case Take?

How Long Does a Long Term Disability Case Take?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get from clients, is how long will my disability insurance case take?   Most people who contact us have been without financial support their disability benefits were supposed to offer for some time, and they are facing a mounting number of bills and uncertainty regarding their finances. So, obviously, how long it takes is very important to people whose benefits have been denied or cut-off. It should come as no surprise that the insurance company is in no particular rush to get these cases settled.  They undoubtedly hope that...
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The Provincial Stance on PTSD in the Workplace

The Provincial Stance on PTSD in the Workplace

Soldiers and first responders are not the only people who experience traumatic events in the workplace. More and more provinces are beginning to recognize that post-traumatic stress disorder can result from adverse conditions in a number of different jobs and are passing legislation that offers unique protections to affected employees. Unfortunately, the strength of such benefits can vary depending on the province and the profession, with much of the support being directed to first responders. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Firefighters, paramedics and police...
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A Day in the Life: Living with Bipolar Disorder

A Day in the Life: Living with Bipolar Disorder

Living with bipolar disorder is challenging on many different levels. Over time, the disorder takes on different forms, affecting one’s physical, mental and emotional health. Like most mental health conditions, much of society is under-informed when it comes to understanding what bipolar disorder actually is. It can be exceedingly difficult to function within regular social norms, and relationships are affected as symptoms shift and change over time. Bipolar disorder can be tough to manage, but there are many resources available to help – both for those who have the...
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Ask a Lawyer: Returning To Work [VIDEO]

https://www.sharelawyers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Alison-1.mp4 Returning to work after a serious injury or illness can seem daunting. Questions abound; how will you know when you’re physically and mentally ready to return? Should you push yourself to go back to work earlier than your doctor recommends? Is your job at risk if you stay away for too long? Here we weigh in on the process of returning to work, including the pitfalls of returning too soon, listening to the doctor’s orders, and how a little effort can go a long way. When we think about the process of...
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Defining Disability: Hearing & Vision Loss

Defining Disability: Hearing & Vision Loss

Defining what falls under the category of disability, especially when dealing with insurance companies, is often tricky. At Share Lawyers, we have managed thousands of cases involving the clarification of what legally can be defined as a disability. Within these, hearing and vision loss pose their own unique set of challenges. Recent statistics show that over one million Canadians suffer from hearing loss. The definition of hearing loss ranges from minor problems to complete deafness. While there are numerous reasons it can occur, the major causes are age-related issues...
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Supporting Mental Health: Toronto Resources

Supporting Mental Health: Toronto Resources

If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health concerns, it can be difficult to know where to turn. However, there are many invaluable resources at our disposal. Below, we have compiled a list of organizations that you can turn to in crisis, as well as places to go if you would like to volunteer in supporting others. The Canadian Mental Health Association is a great starting point for finding services, workshops and events. Whether you are looking for in-person, phone, text, or online support, there are tools available for a variety of needs. Distress Centres of...
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Representation is Essential in Mental Health Support

Representation is Essential in Mental Health Support

Generally speaking, the public is more aware of mental health issues than ever before, thanks in large part to the advocacy of celebrities like Empire star Taraji P. Henson who have been quite candid about their struggles with mental health. “I suffer from depression,” Henson said in an interview with Variety. “My anxiety is kicking up even more every day, and I’ve never really dealt with anxiety like that. It’s something new.” Despite the advances, any discussion of mental health still carries an extremely powerful stigma in certain communities.  That’s why Henson has...
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Denied Benefits for Fibromyalgia Pain

Denied Benefits for Fibromyalgia Pain

At 36, Jane felt older than her age. As she entered her late 30s, she knew that taking care of her body would become an increasingly vital priority in her life. Like many of her friends, she put an emphasis on eating healthy, being active, and ensuring that she got the right amount of vitamins and nutrients. However, even though she had a generally healthy lifestyle, something felt off. While her friends complained of occasional back pain and less energy than they had in their 20s, her issues seemed more severe. She began to suffer from constant fatigue, problems with her...