Many of our clients who are injured or disabled are dealing with a lot of disruption in their lives. They may be juggling family, financial, physical and emotional difficulties as they try to recover or adapt to their injuries.
The last thing they need is to deal with lengthy insurance policies, confusing forms and unfamiliar language, or have to figure out what kind of documentation, medical and personal information to share. Knowing that missing deadlines, or putting in the wrong information, can delay or derail financial help that they need, adds more stress to an already stressful situation.
At Romeo PitaroInjury and Litigation Lawyers, we guide our clients through this process, helping to take the stress away.
Step By Step
Whatever kind of benefits you are getting, the general benefits process is usually the same.
- Notify your employer about your inability to work.
- Obtain the package of forms from your employer. This usually includes a package of forms asking for details about your employment and personal details, as well as medical forms for your doctor and other health care professionals in your case to complete.
- Submit your form and documentation.
- If your application is denied in full or in part, there is usually an internal process for appeal. The short-term and long-term benefits appeals are usually simpler than Canada Pension Plan benefits, which often require more detailed documentation and proof of disability.
- If the appeal is unsatisfactory, you may want to put in a claim and negotiate for a satisfactory settlement, or go to court.
If you have recently become disabled, it’s good to get advice before you hit roadblocks which may take away time and energy from your recovery or process of adaptation to your new circumstances.
If you have been denied, consulting an experienced lawyer can help you determine if you should appeal or not. Some denials are based on mistakes or misunderstandings about your condition, or missed deadlines.
We are willing to come in at any stage in the process and explain your options, and help you fight for the benefits you deserve.