The last thing you need right now is another expense when you can’t work, and you can’t return to work any time soon.
However, hiring an attorney with Social Security expertise may increase your chances of receiving disability benefits.
Why Hiring an Attorney Costs Less Than You Think
Before you decide whether or not you can afford legal assistance with a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim, keep in mind that:
- No payment required up front. That's right, there's usually no payment due when you first hire a disability attorney.
- Disability benefits cover legal fees. Your lawyer will likely be paid out of the disability benefits you receive, the terms of which are limited by law.
- The law limits your attorney’s fee. An attorney may be compensated to 25 percent of the past due benefits that the Social Security Administration (SSA) awards you. Additionally, the law limits your attorney’s fee to a maximum of $6,000.
- An attorney is only paid if you are. Legal fees aren't compensated unless you receive disability benefits from the SSA dating back to the onset of your condition. Your lawyer isn't paid out of your monthly benefits.
In most cases, the SSA reimburses your attorney from your back pay before you ever receive benefits. Therefore, you don't have to pay for legal assistance from your existing bank accounts or with other assets.
Contact Gibbons Leis, PLLC Today to Learn More
There's no need to worry about the SSDI application process. Simply reach out to us by phone or through the contact form on this page to arrange for a free phone evaluation. We understand that attorney’s fees may be a concern, so we'll explain exactly how they'll work in your situation.
We can also talk about how to help you file your initial SSDI claim or pursue an appeal. You don’t have to go through this confusing and stressful process alone—we're here to help!