Toronto’s leading disability law firm, Share Lawyers, is thrilled to announce a win for their client, Jason, who was denied his long-term disability benefits.
After being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Toronto-based chef Jason applied for long-term disability benefits and his insurance company denied his claim.
“Being a chef means that I work with my hands,” said Jason. “After I consulted with a medical specialist, I knew I had to take time off and take care of myself.”
Jason had initially applied for short-term disability while he underwent treatment. Becoming an executive chef had always been his career goal, and after rising through the ranks he knew a promotion was in sight. However, his recovery did not go as planned and symptoms worsened. Jason had to put his health first and think about leaving his profession.
“I was devastated,” said Jason. “I didn’t know what to do next, or how I would support myself. That’s why I applied for long-term disability.”
The insurance company denied his claim because he had mentioned on his initial application that he was planning to go back to work. Instead of accepting the insurance company’s decision, Jason decided to pursue legal action and contacted Share Lawyers.
“I’m so glad I did,” he said. “They really listened, and made me feel confident in the case before proceeding.”
A settlement was reached, which will help Jason as he seeks further treatment and thinks about other options for his future.
“The team is so pleased that we were able to support Jason,” said Share Lawyers President David Share. “Moving on from your career for health reasons is challenging, and we’re glad we can support him in making this transition easier.”