Share Perspectives : Issue 45, July 2014 - page 2

TOTAL DISABILITY? PROVE IT.
For the next two years, Tomas appealed the denial
by cooperating with the insurance company’s never-
ending requests for medical documentation from
doctors, physiotherapists and chiropractors. Every one
of his efforts was met with the same response from the
insurance company - FURTHER MEDICAL EVIDENCE
REQUIRED. He tried to return to work but this only
made the pain worse. Almost two years after the first
surgery an MRI indicated an even larger sequestered
disc pressing against the sciatic nerve. The insurance
company would not accept the MRI as sufficient medical
evidence. They also claimed that because Tomas could
check his email for a few minutes each day that he
was not totally disabled. The pain was so intense and
disabling a second surgery was performed.
Frustrated and discouraged, and made to feel like a
fraud by the insurance company, Tomas was about to
cancel his policy and give up. Then he saw an ad for
Share Lawyers in a magazine.
He called and explained his situation on the phone.
Wendy Hamilton immediately offered sympathy and
validation. She explained that total disability does not
mean a person can’t do anything. There was hope. She
also explained he would only pay Share Lawyers if they
won his case.
HOW SHARE LAWYERS HELPED
An appointment was set with David Share, who
reviewed Tomas’medical and financial records. David
accepted his case and explained the legal process and
fees. A tremendous burden was lifted from Tomas’
shoulders. The Share Team worked diligently on behalf
of Tomas and kept him informed throughout every
step of the case. Just two months later they reached a
settlement with the insurance company. Tomas received
all back payments from the past two years and the
insurance company agreed to continue paying him his
monthly benefits. Share Lawyers restored his family’s
safety net.
SP
IN PERSON:
Tomas Halkias
(continued from page 1)
Laugh!
A pregnant woman gets into a car accident and falls into a deep
coma.
Asleep for nearly six months, she wakes up and sees that she is no
longer pregnant. Frantically, she asks the doctor about her baby.
The doctor replies, “Ma’am, you had twins! A boy and a girl. The
babies are fine. Your brother came in and named them.”
The woman thinks to herself, “Oh no, not my brother—he’s an
idiot!” Expecting the worst, she asks the doctor, “Well, what’s the
girl’s name?”
“Denise,” the doctor says.
The new mother thinks,
“Wow, that’s not a bad name!
Guess I was wrong about my
brother. I like Denise!”Then
she asks the doctor, “What’s
the boy’s name?”
The doctor replies, “DeNephew.”
“Happiness is not
something ready-made.
It comes from your own
actions.”
- Dalai Lama
INSPIRATION:
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