Mental Health Disability Claims: the Ins and Outs From the Perspective of a Disability Lawyer

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Ethics Salon facilitated by Martin Willemse


Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM
Location: Cloverdale Recreation Centre, Workshop 206 (6188 - 176th Street, Surrey, BC V3S 4E7)

Registration Deadline: February 23, 2019

After February 23, 2019 you can still register by calling BCPA at 604-730-0501.


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About the Ethics Salon:

DSM-5 (a) avoids defining addiction (referring only to
the generic “Substance Use Disorders”), (b) includes the
following degrees of such disorders — mild, moderate, and
severe, (c) expands the “addiction” umbrella for the first time
to include non-substance (behavioral) addictions, beginning
with gambling, (d) suggests the likelihood that other such
addictions will soon be added (e.g., Internet, videos, sex,
eating/obesity), (e) fields claims from important psychiatric
figures that this document is not sufficiently rooted in
neuroscience. Psychologists must be prepared for a new
— but shifting — concept of addiction, so as to be true
to psychological theory and evidence-based techniques,
responsive to the range of clinical addictive problems clients
may present, and make use of the soundest scientific
concepts. Stanton Peele’s workshop will address these

Concepts covered:

  • Legal definition of total disability
  • Different examples of how “total disability” is defined in insurance policies;
  • “Own occupation” vs. “Own job” in a long term disability claim: potential pitfalls when completing medical forms for long term disability patients in cases of workplace harassment / bullying;
  • Duties of an insured who is making a claim for long term disability benefits, including a duty to mitigate and being under the regular care of a physician;
  • What does the term “physician” mean in an insurance policy;
  • Diagnosis vs. function in a long term disability claim: what to focus on when completing medical forms and providing updates to insurers;
  • What are subjective conditions and what evidence is required in support of a long term disability claim based on a mental health illness or condition;
  • Limitation periods;
  • A case study: a 2014 decision of a denied long term disability case based on anxiety and depression and how the Court assessed the evidence; and
  • Changes to the Worksafe BC legislation with respect to workplace harassment and bullying claims together with a case study.


About the Facilitator:

Martin Willemse is a disability lawyer who represents individuals who have had their disability claims denied by private insurers pursuant to group disability policies or private disability policies. He is listed as a legal resource by the Fibromyalgia / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Society of BC, and has worked closely with PainBC and other non-profit organizations assisting and representing their members with denied disability claims. He is a previous moderator of Ethics Salons in Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria.


February 27th, 2019 6:30 PM   through   8:30 PM
Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Room: Workshop 206
6188 - 176 Street
Surrey, BC V3S 4E7
Phone: 604-598-7963
Ethics Salon Fee $ 10.00