The lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates are experienced with Disability, Personal Injury and Employment claims.
Aaron Waxman & Associates is a proud sponsor of The Tema Conter Memorial Trust (TEMA), an organization that helps Canada’s front line responders/first responders: paramedics, police officers, RCMP, firefighters and military personnel. TEMA provides aid to those who have developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of tragic events and frightening events they have witnessed or experienced.
This year, our firm is the title sponsor of the 14th Annual Heroes Tribute Gala, “Behind The Mask” which is taking place on February 28, 2015 at the Royal Banquet and Conference Centre in Woodbridge and an event to recognize the contribution first line responders make to society and the impact PTSD has on them.
PTSD occurs after a person has experienced exposure to trauma. It can happen after a person has felt that his or her life is in danger and/or felt the threat of death or serious injury. PTSD causes a person to re-experience the traumatic event over and over again and to develop nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, avoidant behaviour, mood changes and other such symptoms.
In many cases, a person may show signs of PTSD within 3 months of the traumatic event, but sometimes it may be years before the symptoms of PTSD develop.
First responders, due to the nature their professions, are often exposed to situations that can cause them to develop PTSD.
According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious anxiety disorder. CAMH explains that trauma is a natural emotional to a situation involving the threat of death or serious injury to oneself or another, but for some, the thoughts and memories of these events remain, long after the events have passed.
Specific signs and symptoms of PTSD as identified by CAMH are:
First responders are not the only group of people who are susceptible to PTSD. As PTSD is a response to traumatic life events, victims of car accidents, violent crimes, workplace stress or bullying or who have witnessed a family member or friend harmed can develop PTSD.
As long-term disability lawyers, we recognize that there are various types of injuries and illnesses, either physical, psychological, or a combination of both that can render a personal unable to work. The symptoms of PTSD can interfere with various aspects of a person’s life. PTSD can affect a person’s ability to interact with others, ability to focus and concentrate, energy levels, ability to sleep, ability to participate in society and to function in general.
If you have made an application for short-term or long-term disability benefits and your application was denied, or if you have been receiving benefits and your benefits have been terminated, you can fight your insurance company’s decision. It is important to contact a disability lawyer as soon as possible and find out your rights as an insured person.
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