Generally, Social Security Disability attorneys work on a contingency fee
basis, which the Social Security Disability Administration regulates.
This means that your lawyer receives attorney fees if he or she recovered
financial compensation for you. Contingency fees enable people who would
otherwise not be able to afford an attorney to hire an experienced lawyer
to handle their Social Security Disability application or appeal.
In addition, there are laws specific to SSDI attorney fees that cap these
fees, ensuring they remain very low. Under the law:
- The Social Security Administration (SSA) must approve attorneys’
contingency fees. Also, it only pays the fees from past-due benefits,
not current monthly payments.
- Social Security Disability lawyers fees cannot exceed 25 percent of the
back pay benefits recovered for clients or $6,000, whichever is less.
- The SSA pays attorney fees directly to the law firm from the past-due benefits awarded.
- SSD attorneys are not entitled to fees for future benefits. Thus, you keep
100 percent of any SSDI payments you receive beyond your initial payment.
The initial appointment with Welt Law is free. It is worth your time to
explore the options available to you if you will be, or have been, out
of work for 12 months. By working with an experienced Social Security
Disability attorney, you will put yourself in a better position to receive
the SSD benefits you deserve.