Dubious medical opinions skew disability benefits

Mechanic denied short-term benefits before lay-off
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/05/2014

When Bryan Kaardal — an instrument mechanic at Catalyst Paper in Elk Falls, B.C. — went on short-term disability leave, there were some discrepancies involving his doctors, translating to confusion surrounding such benefits.

In 2001, Kaardal was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). At the time, he was under the care of both a neurologist and a family doctor. After being on leave for some time — receiving short-term disability benefits — Kaardal returned to work with approval from his doctors.

But he could no longer perform his duties as an instrument mechanic and instead his employer accommodated his return to work under a new position in the shop and engineering department.