The CPP disability application process is not easy. Only 40% of initial applications are accepted. Many people give up if their initial application is denied, without exploring appeal options.
You don’t need to go through the process alone. A CPP disability lawyer can guide you through the appeals process, increasing the chances of winning your CPP disability claim.
Benefits of having legal representation for CPP disability claims
If you are applying for CPP disability benefits or appealing a denial, working with an experienced lawyer offers many benefits.
First and foremost, hiring a lawyer relieves you from having to stress and struggle with an appeal on your own. You have enough on your plate dealing with the day-to-day challenges of living with a serious injury or illness. Your lawyer will handle the paperwork, help gather supporting medical evidence, and ensure that deadlines aren’t missed.
Second, having legal representation will arm you with the knowledge you need to win your claim. Your lawyer can review your case and tell you:
whether you meet the eligibility requirements to qualify for CPP disability benefits
what you need to do to meet the requirements
what medical documentation or other evidence you need to present a strong application or appeal
whether you qualify for a lump sum retroactive payment in addition to ongoing monthly payments
ways to minimize or eliminate any “red flags” in your case.
The bottom line is that having a skilled CPP disability lawyer on your side will increase the likelihood of a successful claim and increase the chances of your claim being approved as quickly as possible.
At what stage should you get legal representation for CPP disability claims?
A CPP disability lawyer can help you at any stage of your claim. If you are working through the application process, your lawyer can give you vital information and know-how to strengthen your application. Most claims are denied not because the applicant isn’t disabled, but because of the way they presented their application.
If you have already applied and been denied, don’t give up! Reach out to a skilled disability lawyer as soon as possible. You have options, and your lawyer can explain them to you, as well as the deadlines that apply at each stage.
First, you can request a reconsideration if your application for CPP disability benefits has been denied. A “Reconsideration Appeal” is brought directly to Service Canada. The reconsideration is decided by Service Canada’s medical adjudicators, who re-assess your claim, including reviewing your original application and any new information or documentation submitted. The medical adjudicator can request more information from you and can even request that you see another doctor.
If your reconsideration appeal is denied, you can appeal to the Social Security Tribunal of Canada. The Tribunal is separate from Service Canada. At this stage, your appeal will be decided by a single Tribunal member. A hearing with witnesses may be required. The hearing is your chance to provide testimony and evidence to support your case. Your lawyer will make written and/or oral submissions on your behalf.
If your appeal to the Social Security Tribunal is denied, you may be able to appeal to the Social Security Tribunal’s Appeal Division. In rare cases, you may also have the right to appeal to the Provincial Court, then the Supreme Court of Canada.
At all stages, your lawyer will be there to gather critical evidence and help you put the best, strongest case forward. Remember that most CPP disability claims are denied due to the way they are presented; your lawyer will ensure that your claim is tailored to hit all the key points and satisfy the CPP disability eligibility requirements.
Looking for trusted legal representation for CPP disability claims?
It’s not easy to manage a CPP disability application or appeal while dealing with the challenges of a serious injury or illness. The good news is that you don’t have to navigate the process on your own. Get in touch today for professional help with your CPP claim.
Ludwar Law Firm has extensive experience representing clients with disability claims in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Our clients appreciate that we take the time to explain each of their options, what is required to make a disability claim, and what to expect during the claims process. Our legal expertise has helped win even difficult CPP disability claims involving depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia.
If you have already brought a CPP disability application and have been denied, we can help you appeal.
Note that there is no requirement that your lawyer be located within your province. Our firm handles CPP disability cases across Canada. We offer virtual consultations and can deliver all services remotely, including appearing at the Social Security Tribunal hearing, which is typically held via phone or videoconference. That means you can have the benefit of working with a CPP disability lawyer without ever having to leave your home.
We welcome you to contact us today to schedule your free consultation. We’ll help you get the CPP disability benefits you deserve.