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How do attorney fees work in Social Security Disability cases?

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2022 | SSD - Social Security Disability Process And Benefits |

Facing a disability impacts all areas of your life. In addition to your physical limitations, you may not be able to work or afford your care and treatment expenses.

Knowing you qualify for Social Security Disability (SSDI) and getting the support you need can often be two different things. It can be challenging to get through the application process and receive adequate benefits without the help of an attorney.

Understanding the fees a lawyer charges can feel overwhelming and complex. Here’s an overview of how the costs work for SSDI cases.

What does it mean when an attorney works on contingency?

Many lawyers bill their clients either on an hourly or lump sum basis. Hourly charges can add up quickly, and a lump sum can be intimidating for a client who does not know if they will receive any recovery.

When an attorney charges you on a contingency basis, they base their fee on a percentage of your recovery. This means that you only have to pay if you receive a recovery.

SSA limitations

The Social Security Administration (SSA) limits the amount attorneys can charge for their services on these cases. The SSA must approve the lawyer’s fees before they are paid.

This means you will pay the same amount regardless of the attorney or legal service you hire.

Whom should I choose?

Choosing an attorney can be a daunting task. However, when you can remove the stress of comparing fees and prices, you can confidently choose a lawyer with experience who will work hard for you.

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