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Denied Long-Term Disability Lawyer St. Catharines

If your long term disability benefits have been denied or cut-off, call our disability claims lawyers in St. Catharines to learn your rights. If you become disabled because of injury or illness and you are covered by private or group disability insurance (i.e. through your employer) you most likely have a policy which mandates that you must suffer a “total disability” in order to collect your pre-determined monthly benefit.  It is important that you speak to a lawyer to discuss your long-term disability policy and your entitlement to benefits. Don’t give up the fight.

Long-term disability policies are meant to protect a person who is unable to work due to a serious injury or a severe illness (whether psychological or physical). The overall purpose of these policies are to help protect an a person who is sick or injured by providing them with a pre-determined stipulated monthly disability benefit in lieu of lost income. If your long-term disability claim has been denied or cut-off, our disability lawyers in St. Catharines will help you get your monthly income back on track.

Long-Term Disability (LTD) – Am I entitled to monthly income benefits?

Long-term disability generally obligates an insurance company to provide disability claimants predetermined monthly payouts (either a fixed amount or a portion of the salary). Benefits are handed out under the condition that the claimant satisfies the policy definitions of “total disability.”

Unfortunately, according to most LTD policies in Canada, a claimant has “total disability” when they are not able to function at their own job during the first two years of the injury or illness. Beyond that time-frame, a claimant does not meet the requirement for “total disability” if their injury or illness still allows them to perform tasks (at any job) that is marginally related to their experience and education. At this point, most disability insurers will deny any long-term disability benefits. Do not let this deter you from pursuing what you are owed. Entrust your case to experienced disability lawyers in St. Catharines. Lalande & Company Lawyers will be with you every step of the way and aggressively pursue the case till its conclusion. We will help get your monthly income reinstated.

Dealing with Disability Insurers? Let us fight for your Benefits.

It is important that if you are sick or injured, you should try and deal with your disability claim on your own.

When Ontario disability insurers see that a claimant is unrepresented they will often try to expedite the claims process as quickly as they can before the claimant catches  on and retains a denied disability lawyers.  They may recommend you to their own team of in-house medical practitioners — qualified or not in your area of particular disability– to perform so called “independent” medical assessments. Other tactics include surveillance or monitoring your activities to obtain “proof” that your medical records are inaccurate or falsified. They may also go so far as to suggest that you “choose” to be disabled or you simply do not want to work.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a serious illness or injury, objective or not, which prevents you you from making a living, the last thing you need is fighting to prove your totally disabled as per your insurance policy. Most insurance policies in Ontario has a similar definition of “disability” – being that you must be totally disabled from any occupation for which you are reasonably suited by education, training and experience after 24 months.  During the first 2 yeas you must only be disabled from doing you “own occupation” –  which allows many claims to be paid for at least  and then terminated at the 24 month mark.

Do I qualify for Long Term Disability? Ask a St. Catharines Denied Long-Term Disability Lawyer.

Our St-Catharines disability lawyers have extensive experience in handling disability cases with the biggest disability insurance companies in Canada. We represent claimants suffering from injuries, as well as mental illness including(but not limited to):

  • Chronic pain (e.g. fibromyalgia, muscle pain, etc.)
  • Car Accident Related Injuries
  • Motorcycle Accident Injuries
  • Fractures and Broken Bones
  • Laminectomy
  • Back pain and neck pain
  • Mental Illness
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Joint replacement or arthroplasty
  • Early onset of neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s)
  • Orthopedic trauma
  • HIV
  • Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Loss of vision
  • Cardiac disorders
  • Vertigo or constant dizziness
  • Psychological and psychiatric disability (e.g. anxiety, depression, and PTSD).

Contacting a St. Catharines Disability Lawyer

Denied disability benefits in or around St. Catharines is surprisingly common. Like many disability policyholders, you were probably a part of a group disability plan or you probably purchased a private plan,  expecting that you would have no problem getting benefits if you became sick or hurt.  You now feel like your disability is your adversary. If you need to speak to a St-Catharines disability specialist free of charge please please contact us at 905-333-8888 today or speak to our live chat operator to set up an appointment.   As for travelling to our office: If you reside a fair distance away from our office, you do not have to inconvenience yourself the journey.  Give us a call and we will gladly travel to your area and meet you.  As for the consultation fees, you never pay for a consultation or to file your legal claim. We will never ask you for money upfront.

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