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Depression and Anxiety

What is depression and anxiety disability law?

Did you know that mental illness is the leading cause of disability in the workplace? Despite many employers vowing to provide mental health resources, access to support remains scarce. 

A disability claim is designed to provide the support you need during this difficult time so that you can focus on your well-being. But the road to claiming mental health disability benefits is paved with prejudice against the “invisibility” of psychological illnesses and their very real physical, emotional, and financial impacts.

At Zayouna Law Firm, your mental health matters. You need disability benefits to support your mental health journey — and we’re here to help you recover them. You should not suffer in further distress due to a denied disability claim.

Why You Need a Depression and Anxiety Lawyer

Problems with Disability Benefits for Depression and Anxiety

Disability insurance is designed to provide income replacement when you cannot work, and allows for time and resources to focus on your well-being. 

But disability insurance is not a perfect system. Instead of helping you cope with the impact of a mental health disability, it is challenging and overwhelming to navigate on your own. This limits your ability to access supports you are entitled to, and exacerbates your mental health struggles.

Insurance providers are quick to promise disability benefits, but slow to pay them out, if not deny a claim completely — especially for “invisible” illnesses that are difficult to prove, such as anxiety and depression.

File a Mental Health Disability Lawsuit

A denied disability claim should not seal your fate. Our experienced depression and anxiety lawyers advocate for you through a lawsuit against your insurance provider. Taking legal action for this wrongful denial can resolve your disability claim, and ensure that your rightful disability benefits are paid out. 

We can also help you seek damages for the added pain and suffering caused by a denied claim. With a successful mental health disability claim, you can finally ensure income replacement and access crucial mental health resources.

Causes for Depression and Anxiety Disability Lawsuits

Mental health struggles can affect anyone at any point in their life. Traumatic events such as an accident, illness, the loss of a loved one, or workplace stress and harassment can trigger depression and anxiety. 

Often, the resulting devastating emotional and mental burden affects your ability to perform daily activities and the duties of your employment, concentrate, and interact with people. If you were denied disability benefits, our lawyers can help you file a lawsuit based on these grounds:

  • Depression: Diagnosed based on symptoms such as feelings of sadness, suicidal ideation, lack of motivation, loss of interest in activities formerly enjoyed, difficulty concentrating, and changes in appetite, sleep patterns, and mood.
  • Anxiety: Diagnosed based on physical symptoms such as nausea, racing heart, sweating and shaking, agoraphobia, decreased appetite, anxiety attacks, and difficulties with sleeping and cognition.
  • Suffering from a denied disability claim: For insurance companies, a diagnosis and experiencing these symptoms are not enough. They require extensive documentation of your diagnosis, the appropriate treatment you are undergoing, and proof that depression and/or anxiety affect your employment. Fulfilling these requirements comes on top of your existing struggles, further compounding your suffering.

Our Depression and Anxiety Disability Claim Process

At Zayouna Law Firm, we know the impacts of “invisible” disabilities like depression and anxiety. Our lawyers are dedicated to representing you in court and taking action against a wrongful denial by your insurance provider. We advocate for your disability benefits and mental health.

  1. Consultation: We offer a free consultation to discuss your disability and denied benefits claim. We can explain why your insurer denied it and advise you of your legal options.
  1. File your depression and anxiety lawsuit: Working with mental health professionals and occupational industry experts, our depression and anxiety lawyers prove your disability in court and your inability to work to claim the disability benefits you deserve.
  1. Resolution: We are dedicated to your best outcome — disability support and improved quality of life. Our mission is to restore your quality of life with access to income replacement and crucial mental health resources. With our contingent fee scheme, we only charge when we win.

We are Your Depression and Anxiety Disability Lawyers

At Zayouna Law Firm, we are mental health advocates. We understand the struggles of living with depression and anxiety, and we want you to know that you are not alone. Through our vast legal expertise in disability law and dedication to client advocacy, we can ensure you are fully supported on your mental health journey.

  • Results: Your well-being is our success. We have represented and successfully resolved countless disability claims for depression and anxiety. We don’t stop until we win — you receive the disability benefits you deserve, and your quality of life improves.
  • Relationships: As members of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Ontario Bar Association, we are pillars of the legal community. But more importantly, we are your pillars of support. Our commitment is constant communication and your full participation, ensuring you can make informed decisions on your claim.
  • Recovery: Your recovery is our mission — recovered disability benefits and ongoing mental health support. Outside the courtroom, we connect you with mental health professionals to ensure your total well-being.

Depression and Anxiety Disability Lawsuit FAQs

The insurance claims process is highly detailed and dependent on exhaustive evidence. Insurers adhere strictly to the terms of a policy, and look closely at factors that can impact a claim, resulting in its denial. 

Many insurance providers cite incomplete applications, a lack of medical evidence, and failure to be under the care of an appropriate physician in denial letters. A disability lawyer can examine and interpret these reasons, and in the process, advise you if you have a viable claim.

Yes, you can dispute the denial. You can appeal directly to the insurance company and commence a lawsuit for the denied disability benefits. It is in your best interest to consult a depression and anxiety lawyer as soon as you receive the denial letter. This helps ensure that your legal claim is filed within the limitation period and the claim is expedited.

An experienced lawyer can interpret your insurance policy and the denial letter and advise you on your best course of action, as well as your rights and obligations. To build a strong claim, we compile the extensive evidence you need, such as medical information and documentation on the impact of your diagnosis on your ability to perform your duties at work.

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