IN BUSINESS FOR OVER 30 YEARS
As SSD attorneys, we have over 30 years of experience helping our clients win their SSDI and SSI cases. Cannon Disability Law is the oldest private law firm in Utah to practice Social Security law exclusively. Contact Cannon Disability Law to put our legal experience to work for you. Our attorneys and staff work hard to give every one of our clients the benefit of our legal experience.
As your legal team, our goal is to ease the process of filing for and winning SSDI and SSI benefits. We will help you at each level of appeal. Also, we will work with you to obtain the medical evidence you need to prove to the SSa that you deserve benefits. Learn more here about what you need from your doctor to prove you deserve benefits.
OUR CLIENTS COME FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE
Our clients come from every walk of life. In other words, we represent coal miners, pilots, attorneys, teachers, and doctors. No matter what your job was or what physical or mental condition you have, we can help you at every appeal level.
We will also help you file your application for disability benefits. We also help you appeal any denial from the SSA. Sometimes, it isn’t easy to answer all of Social Security’s questions. That is where we come in. Our attorneys and staff can help you understand what the SSA is really asking you about your mental and physical condition.
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 illness, we are your legal team.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR LAWYERS AND STAFF
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We help you file your application for benefits and fill out SSA’s forms. You can file online at the Social Security website. In addition, proving to the SSA that you should be paid benefits is why you hire us.
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 very successful. What do we mean by team effort? We mean that we can’t win your case without you. You must go to the doctor on a monthly basis. Also, you must ask you doctor to support your SSDI and SSI claim. If you don’t go to the doctor and get treatment, then we will not have evidence to prove you cannot work. Therefore, part of winning your case is up to you.
WORK WITH US AS PART OF YOUR WINNING TEAM
Look at our record, we have won over 20,000 Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income cases. Better yet, over our 30 years in business, we have won over $100 million in ongoing and past due SSDI and SSI benefits for our clients. Why did all of those clients win their benefits? Because they worked with us as a team and went to the doctor so we could get medical evidence of their severe mental and physical conditions.
Even though we put in a lot of effort, we don’t win every case. However, if we do not win your case, it is our hope that your experience in going through the Social Security process has been made easier with our help.
SSD ATTORNEYS ARE EXPERTS AT DISABILITY LAW
We know what it takes to win SSDI and SSI cases with the SSA. For example, we know how important it is for you to find a good doctor and obtain medical records about your condition. We explain all of the information you need to submit to win your case. Find out more about the importance of medical records in your disability 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 they should pay you benefits for your medical condition. And for that, you need medical records. You will also need a statement about your mental and physical condition from your doctor.
You do not want to leave winning your SSD and SSI claim to chance. Your future income and your ability to support yourself and your family is at stake. Hire a law firm who keeps up to date on the law.
OUR SSD ATTORNEYS ARE MEMBERS OF NOSSCR
We are members of NOSSCR, which is a national organization of attorneys and representatives. NOSSCR helps people seeking SSD and SSI benefits and their attorneys during the Social Security 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 help to make sure that the law will not change to take away their benefits.
MEDICARE AND MEDICAID BENEFITS
Additionally, your ability to receive Medicaid and Medicare depends upon whether you win your SSD and SSI case. Medicaid benefits differ from state to state. However, you can learn more about Medicaid benefits here.
Also, you can learn more about your Medicare benefits here on our website. Andria Summers in our office can help you understand your Medicare options. She offers her Medicare advice for free, which is another service we provide for our clients. 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 an office fee to cover the office supplies and costs 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 the cost of phone calls, faxing letters, and making copies of records. Additionally, it covers us preparing and storing a copy of your file.
Our fee for these office costs is usually under $70, even if your case takes more than two years to complete. The costs of your case, especially obtaining your medical records, are yours to pay whether we win or lose your case. If there are costs in your claim, it is usually paying for medical records.
At your SSA hearing, your medical records will be what the ALJ reviews to determine if you should win benefits. The ALJ may call a medical expert to testify about your medical records. Find out more here about the role of the medical expert at your hearing. If you do not have medical records, then you will not be able to win benefits. There may also be a vocational expert at your hearing. Learn more about the role of the vocational expert here.
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 stays.
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 counselor, your psychologist, and your medical doctor. If you have any one time psychological exams, 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 of your records. Learn more about here the importance of medical records in your case.
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 copy fee that the doctor charges. If you want to learn more about what information your attorney needs to win your case, read here.
OUR 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 SSD 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 and the majority of the costs will be paying for your medical records.
SSD attorney fees are set by law at 25% of your back benefit, with a “cap” or limit of $7200, what ever amount is less. This means that even if we win your case at a hearing, then we cannot charge more than the attorney fee cap. Normally, our fee is less than the maximum SSA attorney fee cap.
Our attorney fee will be $7200 or whatever is less between the cap and 25% of the past due benefit. If you have more questions about how attorney fees work in your case, then read our article, “Attorney Fees in Disability Cases.”
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, sending the case back to the SSA judge to fix any mistakes, or they can grant the case and award benefits. However, 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. It can take a number of years to appeal the SSA judge’s decision to Federal Court. Hopefully, you will not need to appeal your case and wait years to win your 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 fee your doctor charges for records is your responsibility, whether we win or lose the case.
Ask yourself when you hire a lawyer, 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.
You must replace your income. Therefore, you need a law firm with experience on your side to win benefits.
STATES WHERE WE REPRESENT OUR CLIENTS
Our main office is in Salt Lake City. But, we can represent you wherever you live. We represent clients in St. George, Las Vegas, and Cedar City. Find out more about Utah disability benefits here.
Also, we represent clients in Nevada. Find out more about Nevada disability benefits here. In California, we represent clients in San Francisco, San Diego, and Sacramento. Learn more about California disability benefits here. In each of these states, we have a list of free and low cost clinics for both mental and physical conditions. That way anyone can find a doctor to help them with their benefits.
Likewise, we represent clients in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction. Read more about Colorado disability benefits here. We are the best SSD attorneys near you. Find out about Idaho disability benefits here. Because we are on your team, you can rely on our legal experience to win your benefits.