Anyone who has thrown their back out for a week or two, experienced whiplash in a motor vehicle accident or suffered through another painful affliction quickly gains insight into how devastating it can be to live with pain day in and day out for months or years at a time. For those who experience chronic pain syndrome, this is their daily reality, affecting every aspect of their lives, including their ability to perform at work for months or even years.
In addition to the physical pain and discomfort, which can vary in intensity, chronic pain also takes a toll on a person’s mental well-being. It is common for those afflicted with chronic pain to also experience psychological issues such as anxiety, depression or even addiction issues. Self-medication is an ongoing issue for many who suffer from pain on a regular basis, contributing to the drastic increase in opioid addiction in North America in recent years.
Having a long-term disability claim for chronic pain denied or terminated can be an extremely defeating scenario. When a person is unable to work effectively and earn an income, these benefits can make all the difference in a person’s ability to manage their lives. At MK Disability Lawyers, we have helped many clients suffering from chronic pain syndrome effectively manage a dispute with their insurance provider and secure the benefits they need in order to manage their cost of living so that they can focus on their well-being.
Chronic pain syndrome is an umbrella term for a variety of debilitating conditions that cause the sufferer to experience regular physical pain for an extended period of time, generally at least 3 to 6 months. While the cause may not always be pinpointed, there are a number of factors that have been known to contribute to chronic pain, including:
Similar to many other conditions, chronic pain is not something that can be diagnosed with a simple medical assessment or test. While the cause may be clearly related to a condition, such as the ones noted above, in many cases there is no known source for the pain. Doctors will generally need to assess a patient’s symptoms and rule out other potential causes before settling on a diagnosis of chronic pain syndrome. This can make for a prolonged and challenging process of obtaining a diagnosis and can also increase the difficulty of establishing sufficient medical evidence for a long-term disability claim.
At MK Disability Lawyers, our partners have dedicated their careers to the field of long-term disability law. With over 50 years of combined experience, we have worked on both sides of long-term disability disputes, representing both insurance claimants and providers. We have a thorough understanding of the decision-making and dispute-management processes at Canada’s major insurance companies and we know how best to challenge them with respect to a variety of conditions.
While we are dogged in our approach with insurance companies on our clients’ behalf, we are extremely sensitive to our clients’ needs. We regularly employ a number of accommodations in order to help clients manage their disputes with as little inconvenience to them as possible. We are able to meet remotely with clients across the province, and even employ technology to allow clients to sign documentation from home instantaneously. This allows us to keep the momentum of a dispute moving forward even if a client is unable to leave home or travel. Our offices are designed with our clients’ needs in mind as well. With two convenient locations, we provide accessible environments that allow our clients to move around with ease.
At MK Disability Lawyers, we do our best to take on the stress of dealing with our clients’ long-term disability disputes, so they don’t have to. We are sensitive to the individual needs of clients dealing with chronic pain syndrome and will accommodate them in a variety of ways to the best of our ability. If you have had a long-term disability claim for chronic pain syndrome denied or terminated, we can help. To arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced disability lawyers, please complete the online form, or call us at 844-697-4600.