TORONTO, ON – 01-16-2018 (Press Release Jet) — Share Lawyers, Toronto’s leading disability firm, is happy to announce a settlement for Sheila, who reached out when her company denied her full-time long-term disability benefits, after she was diagnosed and could no longer work.
Sheila started working at a large food manufacturing company when she was just 20 years old. She began as an administrative assistant, but worked her way up to a logistics manager position.
Sheila began falling sick frequently. She noticed she was getting coughs, colds, and the flu almost back-to-back. This made her job all the more stressful, as she never felt like she was fully recovered. She felt awful and tired all the time.
She was never one to complain, and between work and family, she didn’t make time to see a doctor about her symptoms. Her husband, Clayton, became frustrated after watching his wife lose weight, suffer night sweats, and cough constantly. He finally insisted she go to her doctor, and she agreed.
After her doctor conducted a biopsy, Sheila was diagnosed with stage 3 of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The cancer had progressed to both lymph nodes on either side of her diaphragm, and her doctor insisted she stop working. She would need to receive chemotherapy and possibly radiation.
“I didn’t anticipate how terrible the treatment would make me feel,” Sheila reveals. She was vomiting frequently, lost most of her hair, and had terrible mouth sores and difficulty swallowing. “It made working absolutely impossible.”
Sheila applied for benefits during this time. As she had gone down to part-time work, her company’s insurance policy was willing to give her the health benefits of a part-time employee. Her last 20 years of working full-time were completely ignored. The insurance company was only focused on the fact she’d been working part-time – while cancer stricken – for six months, and decided that’s how she would be covered.
“I was devastated. I only went part-time because I didn’t want to let the company down. They did not repay the favour.”
Emotionally and physically exhausted, Sheila broke down while talking with one of the nurses while receiving a course of chemotherapy. “I felt helpless and discarded – what was I going to do?”
The nurse had heard about other patients who had struggled with this kind of situation before. Fortunately, she knew about Share Lawyers and their dedication to working for those who have been denied long-term benefits. The nurse gave Sheila a pamphlet on Share Lawyers, which she shared with Clayton, who called immediately.
We at Share Lawyers know Sheila was entitled to her long-term benefits. We worked with her and her physician to challenge the insurance company’s decision to deny her full benefits.
We are happy to say we were able to reach a favourable ruling, where the insurance company agreed to give Sheila the benefits she and her family needed while she recovered.
*All names and identifying details have been changed to protect the confidentiality of all involved.
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