My law firm gets calls from people all across Ontario with respect to Long Term Disability claims. The questions cover a wide range of topics from:
- Am I entitled to LTD benefits?
- What can I do if the LTD insurer denies my claim?
- How can I apply for LTD benefits?
- Is it too late to sue?
- Should I appeal the LTD insurer’s decision not to pay LTD benefits?
- How many times should I appeal the insurer’s LTD denial?
- How much is my LTD case worth?
- How do LTD benefits work?
- Where can I get my LTD application paper work and how do I fill it in?
One of the reasons people have so many questions when it comes to their LTD claim, is because few people have ever read their LTD policies; LTD claims are the exception for employees; not the norm; and people simply don’t understand how these benefits work.
In fact, we even have people calling our office for completely different reasons (car accident, slip and fall, motorcycle accident), only to find out months, or sometimes years later that they have long term disability coverage through their employer! Some people don’t even know they’re covered!!!
As an aside, this awareness of your rights dovetails in to personal injury lawyer advertising. Insurers don’t want to see lawyers advertise. To be fair, some well connected personal injury law firms don’t want to see other personal injury law firms advertise either (but that’s a different topic).One of the reasons which insurers don’t want to see personal injury lawyers advertise, is so that the general public is kept in the dark when it comes to understanding their rights. The later an injured accident victim, or LTD claimant understands their rights, the better for an insurer.
Case in point: The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Usanovic v. Penncorp Life Assurance Company also known as La Capitale Financial Security Insurance Company 2017 ON CA 395 (CanLII). This Ontario Court of Appeal decision was released on May 18, 2017.