As SSD attorneys, we have over 60 combined years of experience representing client’s with disabilities. Contact Cannon Disability Law to put our experience to work for you. Our attorneys and our staff work hard to provide every client with excellent representation. As your legal team, our goal is to ease the process of obtaining disability benefits. We will help you at each level of appeal. Also, we will work with you to explain the medical evidence you need to prove your disability to the SSA.
Our clients come from every walk of life. In other words, we represent coal miners, pilots, waitresses, janitors, attorneys, teachers, secretaries and doctors. No matter what your job or disability, we can help you at every appeal level.
We will also help you file your application for disability benefits. Sometimes, it isn’t easy to answer all of Social Security’s questions. That is where we come in. Our specialists can help you understand what the SSA is really asking you about your disabling impairments. We can help you explain your medical condition and how to effects your ability to work a full-time job. You need to replace your income to support your family. If you can no longer work due to disability, we are your disability benefits team.
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We help you file your application for benefits and fill out confusing disability forms. You can file online at the Social Security website. In addition, proving disability to the judge is our speciality. In the past 30 years, our attorneys have won thousands of cases at the hearing level. We also win cases at the Appeals Council and in Federal District Court. We work with our clients as part of a team effort. Therefore, we are successful. Look at our record, we have won over 20,000 Social Security Disability and SSI cases. Better yet, over our 30 years in business, we have won over $100 million in past-due and ongoing disability benefits for our clients.
SSD ATTORNEYS ARE EXPERTS AT DISABILITY LAW
We know what it takes to win disability cases with the SSA. For example, we know how important it is for you to find a supportive doctor and then to obtain medical records. We explain all of the information you need to submit to win your case. Above all, it is important to have the support of your doctor. You are encouraged to have a good relationship with your doctor and ask for help in your case. If you don’t have a doctor, we will do our best to help you find a free or low-cost health clinic. You will need to prove to the SSA that you are disabled. And for that, you need medical records and a statement about disability from your doctor.
You do not want to leave winning your disability claim to chance. Your future income and your ability to support yourself and your family is at stake. Hire a representative who keeps up to date on the law. We are members of NOSSCR, which is a national organization of attorneys and representatives. NOSSCR dedicates itself to assisting disability claimant’s and their representatives during the disability process. We attend NOSSCR conferences every year to make sure we are up to date on the law that effects your claim. Also, as members of NOSSCR, we are contacting your Congressional representatives to ask them to change disability law to be in favor of you, our clients. It is the people who have disabilities that need our help to make sure that the law will not change to take away their disability benefits.
MEDICARE AND MEDICAID BENEFITS
Additionally, your ability to receive Medicaid and Medicare depends upon whether or not you are successful with your disability claim. Even your future retirement benefits are at risk if you do not win benefits. You also need to be able to hire an attorney without worrying about whether or not you can pay the attorney fee. At Cannon Disability Law, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means if you do not win benefits, you do not owe an attorney fee. Therefore, hiring us to represent you creates no financial risk for you. Again, you only pay an attorney fee if and when we win your SSD & SSI case.
MEDICAL RECORDS AND COSTS IN YOUR DISABILITY CASE
Please note, as your SSD attorneys, we will do everything in our power to collect your medical records at no or low cost to you. If you become our client, we do charge a flat office fee to cover the office supplies and expenses that we incur during the time we represent you. For example, this fee covers the charge of mailing or sending medical records through the mail. It also covers long-distance phone calls, faxing letters, making photocopies, and preparing and storing your disability file. Our fee for these office services is usually under $100, even if your case takes more than two years to complete. This is the fee you pay to our office whether we win or lose your case. You are also required to pay the fee to obtain a copy of your medical records.
BE PREPARED TO HELP US OBTAIN A COPY OF YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS
It usually costs money to obtain a copy of medical records. We will need a copy of all of your medical records. This includes records from Emergency Room visits, progress notes from visits to your doctor, and any hospital admissions. If you have any special tests, like an MRI, Xray, CT scan, or EKG, we will need a copy of that test. Likewise, we will also need records from your mental health therapist, your psychologist, and your psychiatrist. If you have any one-time psychological examinations, we need a copy of that too.
You should budget at least $100 to obtain a copy of your records. We will work with you to get copies of your records, but we will need your help. Sometimes, doctors will provide a free copy directly to you. Other times, they use an expensive company to send a copy. We try to keep costs low for you by asking you to get your own records. If you cannot do it, then we will do it for you. However we obtain the records, you will need to pay the doctor’s copy fee.
SSD ATTORNEYS WORK ON A CONTINGENCY FEE BASIS
If you worry about the cost of hiring our firm, don’t. We work on a contingency basis. This means that we only charge an attorney fee if we win your disability case. If we do not win your case, you will not owe any attorney fee. You will still have to pay the costs of your claim. You must pay the costs if you win or lose your case. However, as noted above, we do what we can to make sure your costs are low.
SSD attorney fees are set by law at 25% of your back benefit, with a “cap” or limit of $6000, whichever is less. This means that even if we win your case at a hearing, then we cannot charge more than $6000 in attorney fees. Normally, our fee is less than the $6000 cap. For example, if your back benefit is $10,000, our attorney fee would be $2500, which is 25% of your back benefit. If we win your case, then you pay whatever fee is less. For example, if you won $100,000 in back benefits, 25% of the back benefit would be $25,000. However, you would not pay $25,000, you would pay the cap of $6000. If that doesn’t make sense, call our office and we will explain it.
WHAT IS THE ATTORNEY FEE IF THE CASE GOES PAST THE HEARING STAGE?
Our attorney fee does go up if we need to appeal your case past the hearing stage. For example, if you lose your hearing, you can appeal to the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council reviews appeals from all over the country. It can take many months to obtain an answer from the Appeals Council. They have the option of denying review, remanding the case back the the administrative law judge, or granting the case. Most often they deny review.
However, if they feel the judge has made a mistake they may remand the case to have another hearing, usually with the same judge. If we appeal your case to the Appeals Council, then we have the option of charging up to 25% of your back benefit if we win the case and the ALJ approves our fee.
We also charge 25% of the back benefit if we appeal your case to Federal Court. Additionally, you must pay the cost of the filing fee if we take the case to Federal Court. The Federal Court charges a filing fee for every new case that is filed. It can take a number of years to litigate a disability case in Federal Court. Hopefully, you will not need to appeal your case and wait years to win your disability benefits.
SSD ATTORNEYS AT CANNON DISABILITY LAW MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
Remember, if you are not able to collect your own medical records and your doctor charges a fee to collect those records, you will have to pay that medical record bill. Most doctors are willing to provide you with your own medical records at no cost. However, if we have to collect the record for you, then there may be a fee. The doctor’s fee is your responsibility, whether we win or lose the case.
Ask yourself, when you hire a representative, what it is you are looking for. We think you should want a firm that you can work with and who cares about you. Also, find a firm who understands Social Security’s rules and regulations.
In short, you need a disability advocate on your side to win benefits and replace your income. While our office is in Salt Lake City, as disability attorneys, we can represent you wherever you live. We represent clients in Salt Lake City, St. George, Logan, and Cedar City. Find out more about Utah disability benefits here. Also, we represent clients throughout Nevada. Find out more about Nevada disability benefits here. In California, we represent clients in Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego, Pasadena, and Sacramento. Find out more about California disability benefits here. Likewise, we represent clients in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction. Find out more about Colorado disability benefits here.We are the SSD attorneys and disability advocates near you. As part of your disability team, you can rely on our legal experience.