Q Is an SSDI Attorney Expensive?
Fear of a lawyer's fees should never stop you from hiring an SSDI appeal attorney.
If your initial claim has been denied, you should think very seriously about seeking representation. SSDI lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning they don't get paid up front. You'll enter into a fee agreement that the Social Security Administration reviews to be sure it meets fee agreement guidelines.
Your attorney then will be paid if and when they win your case, and the fees will come out of back pay owed to you from the Social Security Administration.
When your claim is granted, you'll be given a lump sum of your past payments from the date of your disability to the time when your claim is approved. An attorney may be granted about 25% of this sum, up to $6,000.
For example, let’s say the Social Security Administration qualifies someone to receive $1,000 per month in Social Security Disability benefits, and the decision comes approximately one year after the person's disability first occurred. That person would receive back pay for 12 months, or $12,000. From these past due benefits an attorney might receive $3,000, while the claimant would receive $9,000.
There can be some out-of-pocket expenses an attorney can charge you for. These could include payment to receive copies of your medical documentation, photocopies, and mailing supplies. These costs shouldn't be very expensive and you'd have paid them yourself if you didn't hire an attorney.
Our SSDI attorneys in Kansas City can help your appeals process go smoothly, and we're happy to walk through the payment process if it's something that concerns you. Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.