"A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn." — Helen Keller
At MK Disability Lawyers, we are dedicated to the practice of long-term disability litigation. Together, our three partners have devoted their entire careers to long-term disability litigation. We bring over three decades of specialized experience litigating disability claims to the representation of our clients throughout Ontario. As a result, we are extremely knowledgeable about the ins and outs of litigating long-term disability claims and how to get the best possible results for our clients, in any scenario. While we take our work extremely seriously, we believe in treating our clients with compassion and respect at every turn. We know how trying litigation can be and we understand that each client is facing their own unique struggle. In addition to seeking a favourable resolution in each file, our primary goal is always to make the litigation process as stress-free as possible for each person we represent.
Simply put, long-term disability litigation is what we do, and it is all that we do. We chose to focus our firm on this area of law because we are passionate about seeking justice for clients facing the unfair denial or termination of claims when legitimate health concerns prevent them from working and earning an income. We have the experience and the skills necessary to provide clients with exemplary results.
The partners at MK Disability Lawyers have dedicated their entire careers, spanning decades, to long-term disability litigation. They formed MK Disability Lawyers with a shared passion and commitment to seek justice for those who have been unfairly denied legitimate disability claims. Our partners bring a wealth of experience to representing our clients. Courtney Mulqueen has been litigating long-term disability claims for nearly 20 years. She spent the first half of her career as a lawyer acting as in-house counsel for national insurance companies before shifting to representing plaintiffs at a leading disability law firm and founding MK Disability Lawyers. She knows how these insurance companies work and how they defend their claim decisions. Rupa Karyampudi began litigating long-term disability claims for plaintiffs at a leading disability law firm in Toronto before founding MK Disability Lawyers. Rupa has the added experience of disputing other related-disability claims for disabled plaintiffs. Leanne Goldstein has represented disabled plaintiffs at leading disability law firms for over 20 years before joining MK Disability Lawyers as a Partner. She brings with her the experience of pushing long-term disability disputes beyond mediation to trial, if necessary. As a result of our experience, we are exceptionally well-prepared when we go up against insurance companies in court, mediation or at settlement negotiations. We have seen these matters play out from every angle, and we use this insight to the benefit of our clients.
Our firm offers a keen sensitivity to the unique struggles and stigmas faced by various marginalized groups, particularly when dealing with a disability. We understand that some clients may face additional stigma around mental health issues due to their culture, gender or industry. This can compound the stress of an already challenging time and we are conscious of that, making sure to accommodate the particular needs of each client in any way we can. We have also represented a significant number of clients who are part of the LGBTQ community, who, as a group, face higher rates of mental health struggles due to discrimination and other societal factors.
We are a culturally diverse firm and we provide a welcoming environment to all of our clients. We make an effort to anticipate any potential challenges upfront, such as potential language barriers so that we can find a solution. When necessary, we make use of professional translators in order to ensure that our clients can fully communicate with us, and us with them. We understand that most clients are highly stressed, being unemployed and facing litigation against a large insurance company, all the while dealing with a physical and/or psychological disability. Our goal is always to make our clients as comfortable as possible throughout the process, from start to finish. In short, we have got your back no matter your race, sexual orientation, gender identity or the nature of your disability and no matter how intimidating your insurance company may appear to be.
MK Disability Lawyers is a proudly women-led firm, run by three female partners who value our relationships with our clients and understand the importance of communication. We prioritize empathy and compassion in our approach to serving all of our clients. We know that some topics might be sensitive for our clients and we intuitively understand the need to be approachable and attentive.
We leverage our powerful communications skills to persuade insurance companies to overturn inequitable decisions and use our well-developed problem-solving abilities to dissect complex issues. As effective multi-taskers, we are able to analyze the needs of our clients while zealously pushing cases forward to resolution.
The nature of practicing disability law means that many of our clients are dealing with physical and/or psychological limitations or challenges. For their convenience, we are proud to offer two locations in the GTA; one in Markham next to the Markham-Stouffville Hospital, and another in Toronto, conveniently located right on the subway line. We also serve clients throughout Ontario, many of whom live in areas not geographically proximate to either of our locations or clients with serious mobility issues, limiting their ability to travel even short distances. Our firm uses several technological resources to better serve these clients no matter where they are located in the province or what their limitations may be. We can meet with clients remotely via phone or video conferencing, and we employ DocuSign® technology to facilitate the obtaining of signatures on time-sensitive documents. We are careful not to burden clients with unnecessary office visits just to obtain a signature. In some cases, we can even travel to a client for significant steps in the resolution process, such as discovery or mediation.
We strive to make litigation as smooth as possible for each of our clients. To that end, we can also assist our clients with any concurrent legal matters pertaining to their disabling condition, such as:
Having us handle the long-term disability (“LTD”) and all disability-related claims means we can coordinate the timing of various proceedings to maximize settlements while saving you money, time and stress. For example, if a civil matter reaches a settlement first, it could have the effect of reducing the amount of the related long-term disability claim. Having MK Disability Lawyers manage all related claims also means our clients will save money on medical records, reports and assessments and saves clients the time and stress of having to deal with two or more law firms.
MK Disability Lawyers represents clients from across a wide range of industries in challenging disability claim denials against all of the major insurance providers in Canada. We have extensive experience and a deep understanding of long-term disability claims and how the insurance companies operate. We provide clients with personalized service respecting a range of disabilities, including:
"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." — Martin Luther King Jr.
MK Disability Lawyers is a firm completely dedicated to providing clients with accessible and compassionate legal guidance through the process of litigating a long-term disability claim. Our experienced disability litigation lawyers will thoroughly review your circumstances with you and advise you on the best path forward. To arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced disability lawyers, please complete the online form, or call us at 844-697-4600.
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