Friday, May 30, 2008



The following post contains some pretty strong opinions and a few nasty words ;o)

They did it to me AGAIN! AGAIN! What other word can you use for large insurance companies but SOBs! It seems that every road that I try, I run into a roadblock :o( I guess it's a good thing that I didn't boast about my meeting with P on Wednesday.

I'm sorry it's taken me this long to get an update to you but I've come down with a nasty chest cold and considering all the stress that I have been under, I guess that's no surprise. Luckily I managed to be composed early Wednesday morning. I have to say that I'm quite proud of my even temperament and ability to stand my ground. I think some of the meds were still in place from the night before ;o) LOL!

So, there was N, P, HR (my employer) and myself in this meeting. It began with P yakking away and I let her have her say. It probably helped that N sat between us, especially when she told HR that I was coming back to work solely on my 'mental' capability. WTF? Who gave her the right to tell my employer the reason I was out on leave?

When it came my turn to speak, I explained to HR what Manulife was basing their conclusions on. At this point it was out of the bag, so I figured what the Hell. I showed HR the letter from my specialist at the hospital stating he could only rate my mental health and not my physical. I also produced my work terms along with a note from my GP stating that I was only to return part-time. Little did I know, but I guess I had produced a few good hands because N said that P was furious and had uttered few comments of her own :oP

I went on to say that the Functional Abilities Evaluation (FAE) that was done last year was a joke and that it was inconclusive. It was also noted that I had kept VERY good records of those two days and that I had the evidence to back this up. I told HR and P that I was NOT going to start back to work on July 7 until this was all handled and figured out. DH and I decided I was not going to make the same mistakes that I did last time.

Secretly, on the side, I had made contact with a law firm in Ontario that specializes in cases like this and is quite well-known. They had taken all my information over the phone and things were looking pretty good until today when they called me back. Because the LTD was taken out in NB and not ON, they couldn't do anything for me because of jurisdiction restrictions. ARGH! So because I live in the armpit of the country, I am hindered from having a successful lawyer represent me. Un-be-lie-va-ble. UNBELIEVABLE! Honestly, there is NO hope for the little guy and that is very sad and very depressing :o(

Okay, so where does that leave me? Honestly, I don't know. I'm going to send another letter to LTD but I know it will just be another head-hitting-the-wall attempt that will get me nowhere. HR has stated they can offer me part-time work but I know the kinds of problems I'm going to run into based on last year. Why would they want someone around that can't really fit back in due to physical restrictions? I understand it, I really do. I have to wonder if my employer finds it just as frustrating as I do when it comes to dealing with these insurance companies. Then again, maybe they don't give a rat's ass. Who knows. They're a large corporation as well so what do they care?


Karen said...

awwww Cathey I'm sorry to hear all of this ((((((((((hugs))))))))

~Tammy said...

I'm so sorry to hear this is not going well. I've been thinking of you and how your meeting turned out.

I hope that something figures out so this can be solved in your favour and soon. This P sounds like quite a piece of work!

Could the Ontario lawyer firm offer you no one in NB that could help you?

Sending you big hugs!

Anonymous said...

I kinda got a bit lost along the way there, but I get the gist. I think you're being very nice just refering to them as SOBs. I could think of better things to call them.

I hope you do manage to get a lawyer in your part of the country. It's about time the 'little guy' won!

'Berta said...

Cathey, I think I heard that head-hitting-the-wall thump! That's too bad about about the lawyer - too many rules!

We care, so hang in there and take a big bite out of someone's butt!

Jocelyn said...

Oh, Cathey, I am sorry to read this! I had hoped all would go well. I will still keep my fingers crossed for you--maybe there will be a ray of sunshine.

As for the strong language warning--we're all adults here, let 'er rip! I'm sure you're more upset than you let on!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry you're going through this again, Cathey. Did the lawyers you contacted know anyone in the armpit of Canada?

Chiloe said...

It's really really bad what an insurance company can do to you ... Here workers have more rights ... I hope you can find a solution that can fit you ...

Sending you a lots of hugs ;) {{{{hugs}}}}

Paisley said...

What an ordeal! I was so hoping by some miracle everything would work out for you. Keep after 'em, Cathey! Sometimes the little guy wins, and then they sell the movie rights to their story and retire!

Lori-Ann said...

What else can is say but, "Burocracy sucks!!" right along with polititians who make these retarded rules!!

I know it seems like one step forward and 2 steps back, but paisley might be onto something. Maybe the reason they are fighting you so hard is because it will open the door to changes that would allow more persons in a situation like yours to benefit.

If LTD had their way, nearly no one could get help. Do you think that's their goal?

I say... be a big royal pain... if not just to get even with P, hehehe.

Sonda in OR said...

That makes for a sucky day!!! Sorry to hear about it...I was hoping for more favorable results.

Stitch Wizard said...

Oh Cathey I am sooooo sorry you are having problems too!! Geeze is it the time of year, or something in the air or what. It has been very stressful for me this past week and now just total devastation. I thank you so much for your really nice comment in my blog though! I didn't realize you too have been going through things too. I just hope things get better and better for you soon! Hugs Debby

Rachel S said...

I am keeping you in my thoughts. I hope you'll find someone who can help you get through this.

Sharon said...

Cathey, sorry to hear this! Don't give up-keep going at them! {{{hugs}}}