Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

If you become sick or injured severely enough that you can’t work, one of your most pressing concerns will likely be how you can keep earning income to pay your bills or support your loved ones. But with many different government benefits and insurance benefits available though your private or group insurance, you may be […]

In our last post, we began discussing the ways that insurers monitor and use claimants’ social media for the purposes of denying applications or cutting off benefits. Here are three more important things to understand about how insurers look at your online activities. Privacy Settings May Not Matter It is wise to set your social […]

We’ve written before about the potential pitfalls of participating on social media while you have an active disability insurance claim. Now more than ever, insurers monitor claimants’ online activities because it is an inexpensive way to gather information, and so many people use at least one social media platform, like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. In […]

Independent Medical Exams (IMEs) are a standard part of insurance claims. An IME is an exam that’s arranged and paid for by the insurer. It’s meant to be a neutral second opinion about your disability or health condition, and is performed by someone who has not previously been involved in your case or assessment in […]

The fight for CPP Disability benefits can be a long and tough one for many sick and injured Ontarians. Over our last few posts we’ve talked about the various levels of appeal you can pursue if Service Canada rejects your application, from reconsideration request, to SST–General Division, to the SST–Appeal Division. In today’s post we’re […]

We’ve talked about the process for appealing denied CPP Disability benefits on the blog before – from asking Service Canada to reconsider their decision, to appealing to the SST–General Division. Today we’re going to talk about what you can do if your SST–General Division appeal is denied. How you can access the Appeal Division depends […]

If you’ve been denied CPP Disability benefits and have appealed that decision all the way to the Social Services Tribunal–General Division level, you may have your case heard in a hearing. As we discussed in our last post, the Tribunal Member assigned to your case may make their decision in a number of different ways, […]

You’ve applied for CPP Disability, but Service Canada rejects your application. You then apply to  Service Canada with a request for reconsideration, but that gets rejected too. What options are you left with? Your next step is to appeal to the Social Security Tribunal–General Division. Here’s an overview of the process. Filing the Notice of […]

A significant disability affects every part of your life–including your ability to support yourself. That’s why it’s vital that you get all the benefits you are entitled to. We’ve talked about the various types of disability benefits available to Ontarians before, and in today’s post we’re going to go in-depth on the CPP Post-Retirement Disability […]

To be eligible for CPP Disability benefits, you must meet three main eligibility criteria: be under 65 years of age meet the CPP contribution requirements (through working years or provisions for staying home to care for children, contributions from a former spouse, or other mechanism for credits) have a severe and prolonged disability Today, we’re […]