Long Term & Short Term Disability

In the uncertain terrain of disability claims, the importance of having a reliable and experienced legal ally cannot be overstated. Bergel Magence Personal Injury Lawyers offer the expertise you need, providing comprehensive guidance every step of the way.

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An injury, whether in a slip and fall or motor vehicle accident, can cause immense hardship for victims in numerous ways. Aside from experiencing physical effects, victims are often burdened with worry and concern about their medical bills, employment status, and general income loss. The legal team at Bergel Magence can help alleviate the disruption and uncertainty you may feel if you are suffering from a short or long-term disability, and ensure that you get the maximum compensation that you need and deserve.

Long-term and short-term disability coverage is typically obtained through your employer’s extended medical benefits plan. Such insurance can also be purchased privately. It would seem to be logical that if you become injured and unable to work, that long-term or short-term disability plan should kick in, and cover all your necessary living and medical expenses. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Oftentimes the insurers attempt to deny claims or stop payments prematurely. This can lead to additional hardship and can inhibit a successful recovery.

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Why Choose Bergel Magence ?

If your long-term or short-term disability claim is denied, it is not the end of the road. Bergel Magence personal injury lawyers have had numerous long-term and short-term disability claim denials reversed, ensuring that our clients are able to continue their lives worry-free, and with the financial and medical resources they need in order to begin the process of rebuilding their lives.

Understanding Disability Claims

Dealing with a disability can be a challenging experience, and navigating the complexities of disability claims can add another layer of stress. By understanding what disability claims are, the processes involved, and the common hurdles you might encounter, you can arm yourself with the knowledge to effectively manage your claim.

What is a Disability Claim?

A disability claim is a request for income assistance filed by an individual who cannot work due to a disability. The claim seeks benefits from a private insurance policy or a government program, such as the Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits. The aim is to replace a portion of your income when a physical or mental disability prevents you from working.

Types of Disability Claims

There are two main types of disability claims: short-term and long-term.

  • Short-term Disability Claims: These claims cover a period of disability that’s temporary in nature. Benefits generally last for a few weeks to a few months, but it can vary depending on the specific policy.

  • Long-term Disability Claims: These claims come into play when a disability is expected to last for a longer period, usually a minimum of six months. Long-term disability benefits aim to provide financial stability for individuals who are unable to return to work for an extended period due to their disability.

The Process of Filing a Disability Claim

Navigating the process of filing a disability claim can be intricate. Here’s a simplified overview:

  1. Initial Consultation: This usually involves discussing your situation with your healthcare provider or a disability lawyer to understand your options and eligibility.

  2. Gathering Medical Evidence: Your claim hinges on the medical evidence that demonstrates your disability and the impact it has on your ability to work. This might involve medical records, diagnostic tests, and doctor’s opinions.

  3. Filing the Claim: The claim form, typically provided by your insurer or the government program, needs to be completed. It requires personal, employment, and medical information.

  4. Follow-up and Communication: Keep in touch with the entity you’re claiming from. Ensure all their questions are answered, and provide additional information if requested.

Common Reasons for Denied Disability Claims

Despite your best efforts, your claim may be denied. Understanding the common reasons for denial can help you effectively address them. These may include:

  • Insufficient Medical Evidence: This is one of the most common reasons for claim denial. If the documentation provided doesn’t adequately establish your disability or its impact on your ability to work, your claim may be denied.

  • Non-compliance with Treatment: If you’re not following the prescribed treatment regimen, insurers might deny your claim on the grounds that you’re not taking appropriate steps to manage your disability.

  • Inconsistencies in the Claim: Any inconsistencies between what you state in your claim and what’s evident in your medical records or other documents can lead to denial.

Understanding disability rights and claims is the first step towards making a successful application. And remember, having a trusted disability lawyer, like the team at Bergel Magence, can be instrumental in guiding you through the process and overcoming hurdles along the way.

Qualifying for Long Term Disability Benefits in Toronto

When facing long-term disability, your financial security is of paramount concern. In Toronto, long-term disability benefits are designed to provide you with financial support when you’re unable to work due to a serious health condition.

Eligibility Criteria

Qualifying for these benefits isn’t automatic, and you’ll need to meet certain eligibility criteria. These include:

  • Medical Evidence: Your disability must be medically verifiable. This usually involves providing medical reports or assessments from healthcare professionals that indicate the nature, severity, and expected duration of your condition.

  • Employment History: The majority of long-term disability insurance plans require you to have a certain length of employment or work hours logged before you can make a claim.

  • Waiting Period: There’s typically a waiting period – often referred to as the ‘elimination period’ – before you can begin receiving benefits. The duration varies from one policy to another, usually ranging from 90 to 180 days.

  • Inability to Work: Generally, to qualify for long-term disability benefits, you must be unable to perform the duties of your own job, or any job for which you are reasonably suited by education, training, or experience.

Making a Claim For Benefits

If you find yourself in need of long-term disability benefits, there’s a structured process to follow:

Medical Documentation

This is the bedrock of your claim. Gather comprehensive medical evidence from your healthcare providers that attest to your disability and inability to work.

Inform your Employer

It’s crucial to promptly inform your employer about your situation and initiate the claim process with your disability insurer.

Complete the Claim Forms

Fill out all necessary claim forms provided by your insurer. Be thorough, consistent, and truthful in providing the requested information.

Follow your Treatment Plan

Continue with your prescribed treatment and medical appointments. Non-compliance could negatively impact your claim.

Maintain Communication

Keep an open line of communication with your insurer, employer, and healthcare providers during the claim process.

Benefits of Hiring a Disability Lawyer

If you’re facing a long-term disability claim, the journey can feel overwhelming and fraught with complications. Hiring a disability injury lawyer though, such as those from Bergel Magence Personal Injury Lawyers, can turn the tide in your favor. Let’s explore why.

Understanding the Complex Legal Landscape

The world of disability law is a labyrinth of legalese, regulations, and intricate processes. A disability lawyer is trained to understand this complex landscape and to guide you through it. They can interpret policy terms, explain your rights, and advise you on the best course of action for your specific circumstances. Their knowledge and experience can give you the clarity you need and make the process less intimidating.

Assistance with Claim Preparation

A disability claim is not just about filling out forms; it’s about creating a convincing case that underscores your need for support. Lawyers can help you gather comprehensive medical evidence, ensure consistency in your claim, and guide you in completing the forms effectively. Their keen eye for detail can help identify potential pitfalls and strengthen your claim.

Advocacy during the Appeal Process

Claim denials are not uncommon in the realm of disability benefits, but they’re not the end of the line. Disability lawyers are your advocates during the appeal process. They can evaluate the reasons for the denial, assist in gathering additional supporting evidence, and present a persuasive appeal on your behalf.

Representation in Court

If your claim reaches the lawsuit stage, having a disability lawyer by your side is invaluable. They can craft a compelling legal argument, represent you in court, and passionately advocate for your rights. This level of representation can significantly increase your chances of a favorable outcome.

Peace of Mind

Beyond the tangible benefits, there’s an immeasurable advantage to having a disability lawyer – peace of mind. The reassurance of knowing you have an expert fighting for your rights, guiding you through each step, and taking on the heavy lifting can alleviate much of financial burden and the stress associated with a disability claim. This allows you to focus on your health and recovery, knowing your claim is in capable hands.

Maximizing Your Financial Benefits

Disability lawyers can help you maximize your financial benefits. They understand the value of claims like yours and can help ensure you’re not short-changed in the settlement process. They’ll fight to ensure that you receive the full benefits to which you’re entitled, aiming for a financial outcome that addresses your needs.

No Upfront Fees

Many disability lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay unless you win your claim. This can make legal representation more accessible to you, regardless of your financial situation.

Denial of Long Term Disability Benefits

Unfortunately, not all claims for long-term disability benefits are accepted on the first application. If your claim is denied, don’t panic; you have options.

Understanding the Reasons for Denial

Understanding why your claim was denied is crucial. Common reasons include lack of medical evidence, inconsistencies in the claim, or non-compliance with treatment plans. Other reasons might include disputes between insurance companies about whether you are “totally disabled” or not, or an insurer’s belief that you can still perform some form of work.

Filing an Appeal

Most insurers provide an internal appeal process. The appeal should address the reasons given for the denial and provide additional supporting evidence.

Seeking Legal Help

If your appeal is also denied, it might be time to seek legal assistance. Experienced disability lawyers can guide you through the complex legal process and help build a compelling case.

Filing a Lawsuit

If all else fails, filing a lawsuit might be your final recourse. Your lawyer can guide you in this process, advocating for your rights in court.

Denial of a claim is not the end of the road. With tenacity, the right information, and a solid legal team, you can still access the benefits you need. Remember, Bergel Magence Personal Injury Lawyers is always here to help you navigate this challenging journey.

At Bergel Magence Personal Injury Lawyers, we stand as pillars of support in your journey towards receiving your long term disability benefits. Our experienced disability law firm, backed by years of experience in handling disability claims, will provide the knowledgeable guidance you need. We specialize in various cases, including chronic pain and critical illness insurance disputes.

We take a meticulous, client-focused approach to each case, simplifying the process for you while maximizing your chances of a successful insurance company claim. We don’t just work for you, we work with you – your victory is ours.

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Bergel Magence LLP has been helping accident victims obtain substantial awards for nearly five decades. Below you will find just a handful of examples of awards that we have recently negotiated or won for our clients.

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$8.0 Million

for a passenger in a car who was rendered quadriplegic as a result of a motor vehicle accident

$3.6 Million

for a teenage boy who sustained a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident

$1.8 Million

for a teenage boy with developmental delay who suffered a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident

$1.8 Million

for an unemployed visitor to Canada who suffered a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident

$1.3 Million

for our client who suffered fractures to his ankle, knee, neck and pneumothorax in a motor vehicle accident

$1.1 Million

for our client who suffered multiple fractures in a motor vehicle accident

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