What will it cost to hire an SSDI Lawyer?
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.
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, including Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Galveston, and Corpus Christi. 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.
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