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Virtual Hearings, Mediations and the COVID-19 Pandemic;  Blog on: Online Courts and the Future of Justice, Richard Susskind

Virtual Hearings, Mediations and the COVID-19 Pandemic; Blog on: Online Cou...

Several months have now passed since mediations, discoveries and some hearings have been conducted by videoconferencing. Richard Susskind’s book, Online Courts and the Future of Justice¹ came out months before the pandemic, but what he has to say is all the more current given the current restrictions and limitations on having litigants assemble physically in one location to deal with their cases. The book is an academic treatise on Mr. Susskind’s research and views regarding how Online Courts can be the solution to expanding access to justice throughout the world....
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How To Help Loved Ones During COVID-19

How To Help Loved Ones During COVID-19

As the world adjusts to the new, albeit temporary normal of COVID-19, we are learning how to go about our daily lives while practicing safe self-isolation and adhering to proper social distancing standards. But what if you have a loved one with a disability that needs your help? There is no simple trick, but there are options that can help.  Grocery Delivery Services Major supermarkets have invaluable resources such as online grocery ordering either for pickup or delivery, depending on the location. Loblaws’ Instacart service, Longo’s Grocery Gateway, No...
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Denial Of PTSD Based on Insufficient Medical Evidence

Denial Of PTSD Based on Insufficient Medical Evidence

Jessica was always a creature of habit. A fan of routine, she’d been following the same one every day for the past decade. She’d start her day with a coffee and a lift to work from her husband. She’d sit on the same park bench every lunch, and then walk home when the day was done to get her exercise in. In fact, it was this walk home that was her favourite part of her day as it gave her time to relax and focus on herself.  Then, one day, she was attacked on her evening walk home. Someone had crept out from behind a nearby building, grabbed her, and threatened her...
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Ben Affleck & The Struggles Of Addiction

Ben Affleck & The Struggles Of Addiction

Ben Affleck has been in the news lately, and not just because of his latest film, The Way Back; he’s speaking publicly about his alcoholism and his family’s history with addiction. He sat down with Diane Sawyer, who’d interviewed him and Matt Damon on the release of Good Will Hunting nearly 22 years prior, to speak frankly about his addiction, his regrets, and what he’s doing to lead a healthier life.  He speaks frankly about his addiction, saying that he’d been to rehab nearly 20 years ago and, after two years sober, felt he was ready to reintroduce alcohol into his...
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After an LTD Settlement – Embracing Life with Chronic Back Pain

After an LTD Settlement – Embracing Life with Chronic Back Pain

Jacob, 33, had spent the better part of a year working the rigours of Toronto’s numerous hi-rise construction projects when one day he suddenly had excruciating back pain, too much to bear and an ambulance was called.  He had suffered from mild back pain for the last couple of years, yet it had never stopped him from working. At the emergency room Jacob was told that he had herniated several discs in his back and he also suffered from Degenerative Disc Disease.  Jacob made use of his short-term disability benefits in the hopes that some time off would...
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Long Term Disabilities & the Importance of Being Believed

Long Term Disabilities & the Importance of Being Believed

A long term disability claim usually represents the culmination of a much lengthier medical process. People can exhibit symptoms for months or even years before they become severe enough to force them away from work, and most will usually go through many doctor’s appointments and many rounds of testing in an effort to diagnose (and treat) the problem before they make it to that point.   That’s why it can be so devastating when a disability claim gets rejected. In most cases, those months and years of testing will be well documented. If an insurance company then...
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A Day In The Life With Multiple Sclerosis

A Day In The Life With Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can make the most fundamental daily tasks seem monumental. It can be a profoundly isolating experience, whether you live alone or with a family, feeling trapped in your own body.  Anna*, a client of ours, generously agreed to give us a glimpse at what her day-to-day experience with Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS) was like before she applied for long term disability benefits. A 46-year-old 5th-grade teacher at a local public school, she lived with her husband and just recently sent her twin sons off to University.  We met Anna six months...
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When it Comes to COVID-19 Pop Culture Shapes the Conversation

When it Comes to COVID-19 Pop Culture Shapes the Conversation

When Tom Hanks first announced that he and wife Rita Wilson had been diagnosed with COVID-19, it fundamentally altered the shape of the coronavirus discussion in North America. Before that, the media had focused primarily on the other side of the world, where the virus had already had a devastating impact in China, Italy and elsewhere. As one of the most beloved (and recognizable) actors of his generation, Tom Hanks served as a reality check. He made the disease seem less anonymous and indicated that no one would be immune to the pandemic. Hanks and Wilson have since...