Choosing the right attorney is an important aspect of putting together a strong disability claim. But how much will it cost to hire one? Attorneys fees are regulated by the Federal government and social security disability lawyers take each case on a contingency fee basis. That means that your attorney will not collect a fee unless you win your case. His/Her fee for any services rendered are "contingent" upon winning your case.
If your attorney is successful in representing you in your claim for benefits AND you are entitled to any retroactive benefits, your attorney is entitled to 25%, or a maximum of $6,000.00, of your retroactive pay. For example:
- If your retroactive lump sum payment is $100,000.00, 25% of that is $25,000.00, however, the maximum amount your attorney is entitled to is $6,000.00. Therefore, your attorneys fees would be $6,000.00.
- If your retroactive lump sum payment is $12,000.00, 25% of that is $3,000.00, therefore, your attorneys fees would be $3,000.00, since that is the less than $6,000.00.
- If you are not entitled to a retroactive payment and you are still found disabled by Social Security, your attorney would not be entitled to attorneys fees.