Denied Disability Benefits? Next Steps.
In Ontario, there are two major programs that offer financial aid for disabled individuals:
Specific next steps depend on which type of disability benefit program you applied for. Please click above to learn more. In general, however, if you were denied disability benefits, the next steps are:
- Request a review of the decision, providing legal and other arguments to support your case and additional medical information that may be available.
- If that doesn’t work, appeal the decision. ODSP appeals go to the Social Benefits Tribunal, and CPP-D appeals go to the Social Security Tribunal.
- The Tribunal would then schedule a hearing of your appeal.
- Before the hearing date, additional arguments and medical information can be forwarded to the tribunal for consideration.
- The hearing is held, after which the Tribunal issues its decision.
How We Help with Your Appeal
In general, in both the ODSP and CPP-D appeals, to be successful, we need to:
- Show that you meet the legal definition of a disabled individual as it is prescribed by the particular disability program.
- Provide medical information to support your claim to disability.
To this end, the role of our paralegal services in helping you appeal your ODSP or CPP-D decision is to:
- Analyze your original application and decision of the disability program to understand the specific reasons why you were denied disability benefits.
- Analyze your medical situation, communicate with your doctors, and suggest specialists for you to see to obtain strong medical evidence of your condition(s)
- Request specific medical information we need from your doctors
- Prepare a submission to combine all the medical data we gathered with legal arguments to show the Tribunal that you meet the definition of a disabled person.
- Represent you at the disability appeal hearing, and help guide you through the role of a witness
We have had great success with appeals from denial of disability benefits under both the ODSP and CPP programs. Oftentimes, our clients are granted the disability benefits they deserve even without hearing, based only on our submission. Please contact us for an evaluation of your case.