Maria’s fears began isolating her from both her husband
and her daughter.
Maria, worried about her condition, went to see a
doctor, and was diagnosed with postpartum depression.
She began treatment for her symptoms, but was worried
about the medication she was taking. However, Maria
felt like she was on the right path to enjoy the rest of the
time with her daughter. She was still not back to work
yet, but was confident that the medication would have
her back at work in a month or two.
INSURANCE COMPANY DENIES PRIVATE
Unfortunately, Maria’s daughter was not interacting
with her or her husband the way babies normally do.
She was not playing games, mimicking expressions or
gestures, and even engaging with toys, songs, or games
that Maria showed her. She would barely laugh, smile,
or even make eye contact. Concerned, Maria took her to
the doctor, and they felt she should be monitored for a
potential autism diagnosis.
After hearing this news, Maria felt her depression
come back again. She had no motivation to go back to
work, had trouble sleeping, and found that she had no
appetite, so she was very weak. After talking with her
husband, Maria decided to put in a claim for disability
benefits with her private policy provider.
The insurance company denied Maria’s claim based
on the fact that she was self-employed, insisting that
because she worked from home, her situation had not
drastically changed from when she applied to for the
policy. They stated that if she was well enough to take
care of her daughter, she should be well enough to work
HOW SHARE LAWYERS HELPED
Frustrated with her insurer, worried about both her
daughter’s condition and her own, and overwhelmed
with the expenses of raising a new baby, Maria thought
all hope was lost. She said as much to her sister when
they were out for coffee, and her sister mentioned
getting in contact with Share Lawyers. Maria was
doubtful, saying that she had no way to afford a lawyer
to look over her claim. Maria’s sister told her that there
were no fees unless they recovered money for her,
and encouraged her to go to a consultation. The Share
Lawyers team immediately got to work on Maria’s case,
assembling all the proper documentation.
At mediation a settlement was reached, allowing Maria
to focus on her family, without worrying about work.
In the meantime, Maria knows that she will get back to
work in the future, but wants to focus on healing and
making sure her daughter and husband are as healthy
and happy as possible.
IN PERSON: MARIA D’URSO
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All names and identifying details have been changed to protect the
confidentiality of all involved.
The Share Lawyers Team celebrated
the beautiful summer weather, and
all the hard work they do with a visit
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