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DID Service Canada or an insurance company deny your disability claim? DO YOU NEED TO win your APPEAL? Not sure what your next step should be?

If you answered YES, then call us at 888-732-0470 for a free phone consultation. We are a disability claim law firm focused exclusively on helping Canadians win disability payments from insurance companies and the CPP disability program. Our disability lawyers have successfully represented clients in Ottawa and its surrounding communities. 

If you are like most people,  it took a long time for you make the decision to take an extended sick leave from work. You tried everything to keep working. Your doctor supports you. You have put yourself at great financial risk. You have risked your future career advancement by taking a sick leave. This is why it is so infuriating when the insurance agent arbitrarily denied your claim. Saying there is no evidence of a serious illness, or some other vague reason. Just like that. 

You have every right to feel angry and demeaned by their decision. Even if they didn't come out and say it, they are basically treating you like a liar or some scam artist. You did everything you thought you were supposed to do. Now you aren't so sure what it will take to win.

It is easy to doubt yourself and want to give up, but now is the time to take action. You can turn this around and win payment of benefits, even if the insurance company or Service Canada has denied your claim or appeals. There are ways to force them to pay you, even if they don't want to. We have learned how to do this by working with hundreds of people who have been denied disability benefits. 

We are a national disability claim law firm with an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Our founder David Brannen is a former occupational therapist turned disability lawyer, and author of the book A Beginner's Guide to Disability Insurance Claims in Canada and the CPP Disability Claim Appeal Blueprint. Our team has handled just about every type of disability claim you can imagine. 

The most important thing you can do is have the right plan for success. If you have learned anything by now, it's that being honest and legitimately disabled is not enough. Having a supportive doctor is not enough. You need to avoid the critical mistakes that will undermine your appeals and take the actions we see in every successful disability appeal.


If the insurance company has denied your short or long-term disability insurance claim, it is important to understand your rights and obligations. Depending on your situation, there could be many obligations and deadlines that apply to you. It is important that you take action to secure your employment rights while appealing the denial of disability insurance benefits.

A disability lawyer can help you in the following ways:

  • show you how to enforce your employment rights so you don't lose your job or medical benefits while appealing the disability insurance denial
  • get your claim file from the insurance company and analyze it to identify the "real" reasons your claim was denied and what actions are needed to win the appeal
  • identify mistakes made by the insurance company
  • identify the best strategy and action plan for your situation
  • take over communications with the insurance company so you don't have to deal with them anymore
  • write to your doctor to obtain a medical report that addresses the key issues need to win your appeal
  • write an appeal letter that argues why your claim should be approved
  • file a lawsuit against the insurance company for wrongful denial of disability benefits, infliction of mental distress, and other financial losses


If Service Canada has denied your application for CPP disability benefits, it is critical that you not miss the 90-day deadline to appeal. Your appeal strategy will be different depending on whether you are doing a Reconsideration Appeal (with Service Canada) or a Tribunal Appeal (to the Social Security Tribunal).

You must take special care when appealing your case to the Social Security Tribunal. There are technical requirements you must meet. There are tight deadlines for requesting the appeal and getting in documents before the hearing. Your tribunal hearing is essentially your "last kick at the can" so you have to get it right. Consult a disability lawyer early on in the process. If you wait until your hearing is fast approaching, or worse yet after you have lost your hearing, it may be too late for the lawyer to help you.

A disability lawyer can help you in the following ways:

  • get a complete copy of your CPP disability claim file from Service Canada
  • identify the best strategy and action plan for your situation
  • identify the gaps in evidence that need to be filled
  • obtain medical records, reports and other documents needed to win your appeal
  • prepare a persuasive written arguments (appeal letters and briefs) for why your claim should be approved
  • prepare you to testify at the Social Security Tribunal Hearing
  • attend your Social Security Tribunal Hearing to present the evidence and make oral arguments

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No matter what type of disability appeal you are involved with, you can maximize your chances of success by following the right strategy and plan.

Follow these four steps to turn things around:

1. Call us toll free at 888-732-0470 or fill out the form on this page to request a free consultation with our disability appeal support team.

2. We will discuss your appeal options and answer your questions. 

3. We propose a plan for how to maximize your chances of winning your appeal in the fastest time possible.

4. You follow our plan to appeal your denial or hire us to do it for you (a no-win, no-fee basis).

Don't put this off any longer. Call us now at 888-732-0470 to schedule your free consultation with our disability appeal support team. Or fill out the form on this page to request a consultation.



After speaking with us, you will learn:

  • the real reasons why your disability claim was denied
  • the steps you can take to maximize your chances of success with your appeal
  • how to protect your employment rights so you don't get fired while appealing the disability claim denial
  • when it makes sense to hire a disability lawyer


If your claim has already been denied, then your current plan isn't working. You need to change the dynamic of your claim and appeals process. Your success depends on the actions you are taking and the narrative you create for your case. Every day you are taking actions and creating a narrative for your case...but is it the right narrative? You and your doctors have good intentions, but you could be reinforcing negative beliefs the insurance company already has about you. When this happens, you can expect more delays and a greater uphill battle to get the denial overturned. 


Hiring a lawyer is not easy. It's an important decision that you need to make carefully. Unfortunately many people dealing with a disability denial will rush the decision to hire a lawyer. This is understandable. You are under financial pressure. You can't bear any more phone calls with the insurance representative. You just want someone to take this burden off of your shoulders. A good lawyer can help with all of these things, but you have to make sure you choose a lawyer who is the right fit for you.

We have written a guide about how to hire a lawyer for a disability appeal. It includes and easy to follow 7 step process, which is the same process that many lawyers use when they have to hire a lawyer. We recommend you read this guide before you make a final decision on hiring a lawyer for a disability appeal.

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