What will it cost to hire an SSDI Lawyer?
Author Attorney Greg Reed:
If you are thinking of hiring an attorney to help you recover your denied Social Security disability benefits one of your first questions may be how much will they charge?
For disabled people the challenges of financial concerns can be overwhelming.
Facing the disability alone can be severely problematic without having to deal with the Government and all the bureaucratic difficulties involved in attempting to obtain disability benefits. A lawyer can be very helpful during this process but for those already struggling financially hiring an attorney can seem impossible. Luckily attorneys and the SSA have set up a system that allows the disabled to hire legal assistance that most find reasonable.
The Social Security Administration has rules and guidelines regarding what an attorney can do for you and what they can charge.
Your attorney must file a fee agreement or fee petition with Social Security Administration. The fee agreement will be signed by you (the applicant) and your attorney and represents that the applicant agrees to pay a specified amount (generally a percentage of benefits) to the attorney. A fee petition is a similar agreement except a petition is used after all services have been rendered. The maximum fee is 25% of the claimant’s back pay, not to exceed $6,000. Also, this fee is only paid if the case is won. This helps prevent Social Security Disability Insurance applicants from not seeking an attorney because they cannot afford it. This is very different from traditional civil litigation where an attorney can set a retainer and then charge an hourly fee for their work. It is important to keep in mind that professional representatives are allowed to charge for expenses- postage, copy fees, filing fees, costs for gathering medical records, phone charges, mileage, etc… and these expenses can extend beyond the 25% / $6,000 limit.
How do I avoid making mistakes on my Social Security disability application?
Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits can be difficult to obtain. Only about 35% of initial applications result in a benefits award, and the appeals process is time sensitive and requires an intensively documented medical history. You might consider getting help when you first apply for SSDI to ensure your best possible chance for success.
Getting an award on your initial application can save years of paper work and anxiety during the appeals process.
Attorney Greg Reed, of Bemis, Roach & Reed, has a great deal of experience and assists clients both with SSDI appeals and initial applications. Having an attorney who is thoroughly familiar with the SSDI process increases the likelihood that your initial application will be approved.
In October, Mr. Reed took on a Cedar Park client who had suffered a perforated ulcer in April of the previous year.
Before his disability, the client was a small business owner. Unfortunately, he lost his colon and part of his small intestines and now required a colostomy bag. In addition he suffered from high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. He had a difficult recovery and suffered complications that required further surgery a year later. His surgeon instructed that our client avoid lifting anything over 10 lbs. due to risk of additional injury to his abdomen. This restriction made it impossible for our client to continue running his business or, in fact, from continuing in his profession at all. We assisted him in his SSDI application and, after several medical exams at the request of the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify our client’s condition, he was awarded benefits in May, with past-due benefits awarded from November of of two years prior.
If you wish to apply for SSDI or have already applied and have been denied don’t give up! Contact a Disability lawyer at 512-454-4000 for a free consultation and get the benefits you deserve.
Another client, from Lockhart, came to us knowing how hard it is to achieve a favorable judgement when you first apply for social security disability.
The 60-year-old truck driver had been in an auto accident several years previously which had resulted in a back injury that led to degenerative disc disease. He continued working and subsequently broke his right ankle twice. Over time, these injuries led to debilitating back pain and leg problems. He was no longer able to perform his job duties. We represented him in his initial SSDI filing, and he was awarded benefits in July, only three months after we submitted his application.
The team of disability lawyers at Bemis, Roach & Reed knows how crucial disability benefits can be for maintaining financial stability. Our attorneys are assisting clients with their disability cases in cities all across Texas. If you are seeking disability benefits because of a sleep apnea diagnosis, contact our attorneys today at no cost to you. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Call 512-454-4000 and get help NOW.
Author: Attorney Greg Reed has been practicing law for 29 years. He is Superlawyers rated by Thomson Reuters and is Top AV Preeminent® and Client Champion Gold rated by Martindale Hubbell. Through his extensive litigation Mr. Reed obtained board certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Greg is admitted to practice in the United States District Court – all Texas Districts and the United States Court of Appeals-Fifth Circuit. Mr. Reed is a member of the Travis County Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, past Director of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, and an Associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Reed and all the members of Bemis, Roach & Reed have been active participants in the Travis County Lawyer referral service.
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