How Much Does A Disability Attorney Cost – Any Hidden Cost?

March 9th, 2010

You need Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and you know that the chances of having your claim approved by the Social Security Administrative are higher if you are represented by an attorney. You want to know how much a Disability Attorney charges and if there are any hidden costs.

A disability attorney will receive 25% of your back pay as a fee for representing your case. Currently, this amount has a maximum cap of $6,000. This fee structure is regulated by the Social Security Administration and applies to all attorneys who represent SSDI and SSI claims. For example, if you were disabled 3 years ago and you are just now being awarded benefits, Social Security will give you “back pay” for the money that you should have been receiving for the past 3 years and your attorney will only receive 25% (a maximum of $6000) of that money as a one time fee. The attorney will not take any fees from your future disability checks.

Most Social Security Disability Attorneys will give you a free consultation and will not charge any upfront fees. Some attorneys might charge you for out-of-pocket expenses like the costs involved in gathering medical records and some attorneys might charge you for their travel expenses. Make sure that you ask questions and read your attorney’s fee agreement first before you sign it.

You might be thinking about representing yourself in your disability claim and saving money on the attorney fees. Statistically, the chances of you winning your disability claim are much higher when you are represented by an attorney. Representing yourself is a risk that you don’t want to take. Talk with an experienced disability attorney about your case and schedule a free consultation.

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