How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Social Security Lawyer?

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Social Security Lawyer?

By: Disability Group (

If you are disabled and in need of benefits – you are probably close to financial distress. Being unable to work makes it difficult to pay bills and the the idea of hiring a lawyer to help with your benefits application or disability appeals seems like an overwhelming thought. (See more about what a disability lawyer actually does.)

Disability Cases on Contingency Basis

If your attorney (like our firm) takes your disability case on a contingency basis you don’t pay anything unless you win your disability claim in.

If and when you win your disability claim, your attorney is entitled to 25% of your retroactive benefits (not to exceed $6,000.) Social Security will pay your attorney directly so you don’t have to worry about writing a check.

Here’s a quick Social Security benefits calculator: If your retroactive benefits amount is $15,000, 25% of that amount is $3,750. This is the amount the Social Security Administration will mail directly to your attorney. You will then receive a benefits check for the difference: $11,250

The only other costs you are responsible for are “out of pocket” expenses incurred by your attorney as he/she prepared your case. An example of this expense is the money the attorney paid for obtaining your medical records. “Out of pocket” expenses should be minimal and are usually collected after you receive your award from the Social Security Administration.

Due to the complexity of the Social Security Disability application process, it is recommended to hire an attorney early on in the process. It is important to seek out an attorney that specializes in this type of law.

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