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Client Connect Newsletter - February 2024

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Facing Challenges with Resilience and Support 

In February, our attention turns to the theme of resilience, an indispensable quality when navigating the intricate landscape of long term disability claims. This month, we shine a spotlight on the remarkable strength and courage required to confront and triumph over the multifaceted challenges that individuals enduring long term disability often encounter.

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Recognizing Strength in Adversity 

Our "Resilience Spotlight" is more than an award; it's a celebration of the extraordinary bravery shown by individuals within our community. Every story shared serves as a beacon of hope and a testament to the enduring strength of the human spirit.

This Month's Inspiration: Sarah (anonymous)

Our client "Sarah" exemplifies unparalleled courage and determination. Sarah, a distinguished doctor who has dedicated her life to treating others, was sadly diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer over a year ago, and her recent CT scan revealed the discovery of cancerous growth in her lung. The treatment necessary has been difficult and caused further complications, including hospitalizations. Even while dealing with grave illness, Sarah has remained nothing but kind, positive, and compassionate, a true example of grace in the face of adversity.

Despite the toll of her rigorous treatments and symptoms, Sarah has been determined to complete continuing education classes to keep her license active and pursue volunteering opportunities in her community.  Her unwavering optimism and unwavering spirit have touched the hearts of many, serving as a source of inspiration for those facing similar struggles.

What truly sets Sarah apart is her innate ability to care for others, even amidst her own challenges. She consistently extends a helping hand to those in need, demonstrating compassion and empathy beyond measure. Whether it's offering words of encouragement, lending a listening ear, or providing unwavering support, Sarah's kindness knows no bounds.

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A Community of Shared Experiences

In "Peer Perspectives," we believe in the power of shared experiences. Hearing from others who are walking a similar path can be incredibly validating and comforting. It's not just about sharing advice; it's about building a community of understanding and support.

Your stories and insights offer real-life perspectives about the disability process that can inspire and guide others in similar situations. By sharing your experiences, you contribute to a collective wisdom that enriches our entire community.

February's Insights: Coping with Setbacks 

This month, we explore resilience in the face of setbacks. Your personal stories and advice offer invaluable insights and a source of strength for our community.

Q: What specific strategies or actions do you recommend to stay resilient and focused when encountering setbacks directly related to your disability claim?

    • "I lean on my family and friends for emotional support. In addition, I stay connected and reach out to the paralegal and lawyer working in my case." - Anonymous
    • "This has been one of my most challenging experience in my life where I have little control except my mindset. I am a woman of faith and trusting in God through this process even when I experience challenges through my health and disability. I know that HE is in control, and this too shall come to pass. Also, I remind myself that in every situation, there are lessons to be learned to make me and others stronger and better. This includes providing doctors what they need to support your case, how to document your symptoms in a relevant way, focus on my health as the lawyers focus on getting the approval that is needed, and sharing my experiences so that others can learn from me. Sometimes I feel down because it may appear from the denials, etc. that others can't see that you are unwell and unfit to work. You know yourself best and you have to be your best advocate. I know myself. I would rather be working, making an impact on people’s lives, and earning a better living. I know that I am not ready to return to work in my current condition and that is why I plan on fighting. Celebrating the small wins/things like time with family, having a roof over your head, food to eat, etc. There are individuals who do not have these basic things. While this experience is challenging, we are still blessed/favored in other ways." - Anonymous
    • "I stay focused on the strength of my claim. I make sure that my doctors stay focused on the simple truth of my condition and that their notes address the basic questions of 'What is my diagnosis? What objective findings prove my diagnosis? What are my symptoms of those diagnosis?', and finally, 'What are the limitations of the diagnosis, symptoms, and treatments, that prevent me from performing the duties of my profession?'. I know that if my medical notes have fully and clearly answered those questions, temporary setbacks become just that...temporary. The key is to keep it simple and not clutter the claim with irrelevant information." - Anonymous

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Stories of Perseverance

Every victory, big or small, is a significant milestone worth celebrating. In "Victory Vignettes," we share stories of perseverance and achievement that remind us of the potential for positive outcomes.

A Story of Determination: Maria (anonymous) 

Maria's journey is a testament to perseverance and the transformative power of overcoming challenges. In the face of severe racism and sexism in her workplace, Maria found herself enduring insurmountable challenges that took a toll on her mental health, leading to a serious psychiatric breakdown. However, amidst the darkness, Maria's story takes a turn towards triumph, thanks to the timely intervention and support from our team.

After a devastating denial of her disability claim, Maria reached out to us for assistance with her appeal. Recognizing the urgency of her situation, we immediately leaped into action, devising a strategy to get her claim denial reversed. We coordinated with Maria's doctors to obtain additional evidence of her condition, successfully rebuffed her insurance company's attempts to drag out the decision by forcing her to undergo an examination with one of their doctors, and offered Maria the guidance and support she desperately needed each step of the way. Our efforts proved successful, and Maria's insurance company reversed their decision and approved her for long term disability.

Maria is a shining example of hope and motivation, demonstrating the strength and tenacity of the human spirit. Her triumph reminds us that even when faced with challenges, justice can be achieved by those who refuse to be silenced. 


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Harnessing Resilience in the Face of Disability Claim Challenges 

In line with February's theme, here are tips for fostering resilience during the long term disability claim process:

  1. Acknowledge Your Feelings: Recognize and accept your emotions about your disability and the claim process. It's okay to feel frustrated or overwhelmed at times. Acknowledging these feelings is the first step in coping effectively.

  2. Set Realistic Expectations: Understand the nature of the disability claim process. It can be lengthy and complex, so setting realistic expectations helps in managing stress and staying resilient.

  3. Focus on What You Can Control: Concentrate on aspects of your claim and life that you can influence. This includes adhering to treatment plans, keeping detailed records, and following your attorney's advice.

  4. Seek Support: Don't hesitate to reach out to friends, family, or support groups for emotional support. Sharing your experiences and hearing the stories of others can provide comfort and strength.

  5. Celebrate Small Victories: The path to a successful claim can be long. Celebrate small achievements along the way, whether it's a positive doctor’s report or a successfully submitted piece of documentation.

  6. Practice Self-Care: Engage in activities that promote physical and mental well-being. This might include exercise, hobbies, or simply taking time for yourself.

  7. Stay Informed: Understanding the process and staying informed about your case can make you feel more empowered. Ask questions and stay engaged with your attorney to understand the status and trajectory of your claim.

  8. Maintain a Positive Outlook: Try to maintain a positive attitude. Positivity can be a powerful tool in coping with the ups and downs of the disability claim process

These tips aim to strengthen you, helping you navigate the challenges of your disability claim with strength and determination.

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Finding Resilience in Challenging Times 

This month, we recommend a book that offers guidance and inspiration for those facing adversity, especially in the realm of long term disability claims. Readers will discover insightful strategies for overcoming challenges and transforming them into opportunities for personal growth and development.


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"Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy" by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

About the Book: "Option B" by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO, and psychologist Adam Grant, is a powerful exploration of facing adversity and building resilience. Born from Sandberg's personal experience of losing her husband unexpectedly, the book delves into how to cope with devastating loss, overcome hardships, and rediscover joy. It combines personal narratives with scientific insights, offering readers practical advice on building resilience in themselves and others.

Why It’s Relevant: For our clients navigating the complexities of long term disability, "Option B" offers both solace and practical strategies. It addresses the emotional and psychological aspects of dealing with unexpected life changes and provides a roadmap for recovering from setbacks and moving forward with strength. The book's emphasis on inner strength is particularly resonant for anyone working through difficult times and looking for ways to adapt and thrive.

Why You Might Find It Inspiring: "Option B" not only shares a story of overcoming adversity but also equips readers with the tools to face their own challenges. It encourages embracing inner strength, discovering fortitude in challenging circumstances, and, importantly, finding joy even in the darkest times. As you navigate your own challenges, let this book be a source of strength and a reminder that there is always a path forward.

"Option B" is an excellent companion for anyone looking to build their capacity to withstand and grow from life’s challenges.


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March: "Navigating Insurer Medical Examinations "

Riemer Hess wants to know: What advice would you give to someone preparing to undergo examination by an insurance company doctor?

Share your insights anonymously by clicking the Microsoft forms link below.


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Embracing Resilience Together

In our journey of overcoming challenges, let us remember that strength often emerges from facing them together. As a community, we stand ready to support one another through every obstacle and triumph.

Looking Ahead to March 

We're excited to explore "Navigating Insurer Medical Examinations" next month. Your participation is invaluable to our community. 

Additional Notes

  •  Our newsletter is tailored for easy reading in all formats, including an accessible online version.

  • Your feedback is essential for us to continually improve.

  • We uphold the highest standards of confidentiality and privacy.

This update highlights our recent successes and ongoing efforts in advocating for our clients. As always, we encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns about the Firm or your claim. We are here to help.

This content does not constitute legal advice, nor should it be used as a substitute for consultation with a qualified attorney.  Always consult with a long term disability attorney for guidance.

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