Category: Disability Insurance

Long term disability claimants who have their claim denied or had their benefits cut off are in a really tough position. At Van Dyke Law Office, we know that it’s not easy to be involved in a lawsuit when you’re not feeling well. In this clip, you will hear Frank Van Dyke explain why commencing […]

Did you hear the story of Samuel Archibald? He’s a Canadian author who made headlines when he went public after his disability claim for depression was denied because the insurer said photos he’d posted on Instagram and other social media sites showed he looked active, in shape and happy. Unfortunately, as Mr. Archibald discovered when […]

A recent case raises an interesting issue:  For the purposes of suing an insurer for ceasing to pay disability benefits, does your right to sue start on the date those benefits are cut off, or only after the insurer definitively advises that your ongoing claim is being denied? In Pepper v. Sanmina-Sci Systems (Canada) Inc. […]

Any person who makes a claim for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits must supply medical evidence that he or she has a “disability” which is “severe and prolonged”. This is routinely done through expert evidence provided by a qualified, impartial doctor to whom the claimant has been referred by other treating physicians.  Essentially, this […]

In a recent case called Cvetkovski v. Canada (Attorney General), a 50-year-old man who had applied unsuccessfully for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits. He had a long history of psychological disorders which made it difficult to relate to others, and left him with low energy or motivation to do his job.  To try to cope […]