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The fast pace of his high-pressure job as vice president of one of Toronto's top advertising agencies took its toll on 56-year-old Jeremy Chandler. When he turned to his insurance provider for disability benefits in his time of need, they refused to pay. In response, Jeremy hired Share Lawyers to fight his benefits.
Jeremy had enjoyed great success in his over twenty years in advertising and had climbed the corporate ladder all the way up to one of the most coveted positions at his agency. His success didn't come without a price, however. After many years burning the candle at both ends, Jeremy began to crumble under the pressure.
70-hour work weeks caused Jeremy to develop insomnia and, subsequently depression and anxiety. That's when his dependence on alcohol began.
What started out as a single scotch to "take the edge off" after a long day, turned into a few drinks, and then a few more, until the bottle was empty at the end of each night. When his marriage of 16 years fell apart and his wife moved out, the grief put Jeremy over the edge.
Alcohol, it seemed, was his only constant companion. His drinking began to affect his work, and people began to take notice. Fortunately, there was a turning point. Jeremy's employer told him his job was on the line if he did not seek help immediately, so Jeremy made the decision to enter rehab.
Jeremy acknowledged that he had an addiction and committed to treatment fully. After a 90-day stay in rehab, Jeremy returned to work. Unfortunately, he dove right into his previous workload and relapsed. His doctor told him he needed more time away from his job.
With no income, Jeremy had to apply for his LTD benefits.continued on page 2