What Does a Social Security Disability Lawyer Charge?

So, it's a good question to ask: If I hire Cuddigan Law to represent me, what is it going to cost?

Unlike many other professionals, we do not charge any upfront fees when we take your case. We work on a contingency basis, which means we only get paid if we win your case and Social Security pays you a lump sum in back payments.

In Social Security disability cases, fees are limited by law to no more than 25 percent of the back payments and our fee is capped at $6,000. So you pay the lesser of 25 percent or $6,000. For example, if we win your case and your lump sum in back payments is $40,000, our fee is only $6,000 because it is capped. If your case is appealed beyond the first administrative law judge hearing, the $6,000 cap is removed and we may receive 25 percent of the lump sum.

Typically there are a few incidental costs, separate from attorney fees, that we incur on your behalf as we prepare your case—for example, the costs of getting your medical records. Those expenses will have to be repaid at the end of your case whether you win your case or not.

Many people don’t know this, but you don’t have to be an attorney to represent a person at a Social Security disability hearing. As a result there are many individuals who advertise that they can assist your disability claim. But because fees for anyone who represents you are set by law, it does not cost one cent more to hire an attorney. And it doesn't cost any more to hire an experienced attorney who focuses exclusively on Social Security disability law.

For a free evaluation of your case, call us. http://www.cuddiganlaw.com/contact.cfm

Sean D. Cuddigan
SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska