Ames office: 515-233-2052

Thornton & Coy, P.L.L.C. - Attorneys | Ames, IA

Ankeny office: 515-964-1825


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If you are not able to work due to a disability, you may be entitled to social security disability benefits. Call the office of Jonathan Coy to set up a free consultation.


When meeting with an attorney from our firm, you should bring recent medical records from your physician, hospital, counselor, or psychologist. You should also bring your current medications. An attorney from our office will sit down with you to review the severity of your disability, explain the process for applying for social security benefits, and explain the costs involved in hiring our office to represent you.

You will only pay attorney fees if you are awarded Social Security benefits.

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Social Security Disability FAQs

Thornton & Coy P.L.L.C. is happy to provide you with guidance through the process of applying for Social Security benefits or in filing a claim or appeal.


Below are some frequently asked questions about the application process, Social Security benefits, and other Social Security matters that often arise.

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I am no longer able to work. How do I apply for social security benefits?

Our office will represent you in your appeal before the Social Security Administration on a contingency fee basis. This means that we won't be paid for our services unless we win your case. If our office wins your case, federal regulation allows us to collect up to $6,000 or 25 percent of your back benefits received, whichever amount is lower. If we do not receive a favorable ruling, then you owe us nothing.

How much will it cost to hire Jonathan Coy for my social security appeal?

If you have received an unfavorable ruling at either the initial or reconsideration level, contact the law firm of Jonathan Coy immediately to discuss your case and see if an appeal is appropriate. During your consultation, you and the attorney will review the Social Security Administration's ruling, your medical records, and any other relevant information to determine if you should appeal your claim.

The Social Security Administration has denied me benefits. What do I do next?

It can take some time to receive a favorable ruling. If we file an initial claim, you can expect to receive a ruling within 90 days. A reconsideration appeal can take the same amount of time and up to a year for your case to be heard before an administrative law judge. When you do receive a favorable ruling, you will receive back benefits from the date you first qualified for benefits (i.e. the day you became disabled) to the present.

How long will it take the Social Security Administration to process my claim?

In certain circumstances, the Social Security Administration may grant a case priority if delaying the decision would result in a loss of housing. If you are facing an eviction, be sure to tell Jonathan so that appropriate action can be taken.

I am facing an eviction if I do not receive benefits soon. Is there anything that can be done?

515-233-2052  Ames

515-964-1825  Ankeny

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