There are a number of variables, including whether or not you'll receive past-due benefits. But it might surprise you to know that legal representation isn't as expensive as you might think.

Statistics show that hiring a Social Security disability attorney increases a claimant’s chances of receiving an approved claim. However, many people wonder if they can afford an attorney, how much they'll be required to pay, and when that payment will be due.

If you need disability benefits but are worried about the financial obligation of hiring an attorney, here’s some information to help you understand that having legal representation is a cost-effective solution to help you receive the benefits you deserve.

Costs Involved in Hiring a Disability Lawyer

Hiring a SS disability lawyerWhen you’re considering legal representation for your disability claim, it’s important to understand that there’s usually no cost to hire an Social Security disability lawyer—no initial fees and no upfront payments.

Most often, the attorney is paid out of any disability benefit you’re awarded.

The general cost breakdown is as follows:

  • The attorney’s fee is limited to 25 percent of any past-due benefits the Social Security Administration (SSA) awards you.
  • The fee is capped at $7,200.
  • The attorney is paid out of your past-due benefits—also known as back pay.
  • The attorney receives no fee if you receive no back pay benefits.
  • The attorney does not receive any percentage of future disability benefits.

Paying Your Attorney Fees

After you’ve received back pay benefits from Social Security, you may wonder when you're required to pay your attorney fees. Most often, you don’t pay those fees directly. Instead, the SSA deducts all lawyer fees from your first back pay award check before you receive the check. .

Call Cuddigan Law

If you need help with your Social Security disability claim, retaining legal representation can be beneficial for getting your claim approved. The attorneys at Cuddigan Law have assisted thousands of clients— filling out their paperwork, collecting their medical records, calling doctors, managing the application process, and more. Call or email us to arrange a free evaluation of your case. 


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