If you are unable to work it is in your best interest to seek social security disability income benefits and to find the brightest lawyer without concern for having to pay them. That does not mean to say that if you win your claim you will not have to pay your attorney a fee. But in most inability to work applications you do not have to come up with any up front money. And normally if you lose there is no fee.
The reason for this is that most advocates helping people seek SSI or SSDI only charge a fee out of back benefits that you are awarded. The fee is generally only 25% and most lawyers cap that fee at $6000.00 through the administrative law judge hearing. This is where I win most of my unable to perform gainful employment claims. This is true even though you have been denied once by the social security administration or even twice. The critical thing is do not give up hope if you file your application and get denied . Most applications are initially denied. You should seek the services of an attorney right away if that happens to you.
This video tells you when you should hire a lawyer that is experienced in the law of social security inability to work denials and has the characteristics and work ethic and know how to fully and properly appeal your denial. I was recently interviewed by my colleague social security lawyer Jonathan Rosenberg and gave answers to these two questions related to hiring an lawyer to represent you for a social disability application.
When should I hire a lawyer for my social security dissability claim and how can I afford to pay them
You have several choices in filing a social security disability claim. You can file over the phone, or in person at social security or over the computer on their web site . (1) The other choice, at least one I provide, and some lawyers do not is to come to my office and we will file your application for you. This can save you time and can give you some guidance. However it is filing out forms and there is not that much legal knowledge necessary. The down side is that if you hire a lawyer there may be a fee you pay out of back benefits. Normally this would be quite small. With hundreds of thousands of dollars of benefits at stake do not be penny wise and pound foolish.
You certainly in my judgement need to hire an attorney if you get denied. The first denial calls for a request for reconsideration and is another case of filing out forms. But an attorney can add to your claim and and is one more person the puts a check and balance on the social security system . Most certainly you want to hire an advocate before you go to a hearing in front of a judge. There are so many factual and legal issues that could cause you to lose your case that at this point it is critical to get a lawyer to represent you.
How Do You Pay an Attorney For SSI or SSDI
Most lawyers take these cases on what is called a contingent fee. That means the fee depends on the outcome of the claim. The usual charge is 25% of past due benefits ( what social security owes you when you win) generally capped at $6000. So this is pretty painless. You normally do not pay hourly. And you only pay if there is a back benefit awarded. For more information on how you can afford to hire me for your social security application go to Afford a social security lawyer.
By Anthony Castelli Attorney Anthony offers free claim evaluations over the phone or in person Call 513-621-2345 to get 32 years of experience practicing before the social security board.
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