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 thousand dollars. So you pay the lesser of 25 percent or 6 thousand dollars. For example if we win your case and your lump sum in back payments is 40 thousand dollars, our fee is only 6 thousand dollars because it is capped. If your case is appealed beyond the first administrative law judge hearing, the 6 thousand dollar cap is removed and we may receive 25 percent of the lump sum.
Typically there are a few incidental costs, separate from attorney fees, which we incur on your behalf as we prepare your case, like the costs of getting your medical records for example. 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. At Cuddigan Law you have a dedicated team of professionals in your corner who understand the system and who will fight for your rights.