You often hear on the news that times are tough with the national economy. Times are even worse for people who are pursing a disability claim. Unfortunately, many people are hesitant to contact an attorney when they are pursuing a Social Security Disability Claim because they feel that they cannot afford to pay the attorney. The ability to pay for an attorney in a disability case should not be a concern, since attorneys must work on a contingency fee basis in a disability proceeding. This means that an attorney does not charge a fee unless they recover for you.
The Social Security Administration must approve the award of attorney s fees. Therefore, it is unlawful for an attorney to ask for any money in advance from a disability client. Also, Social Security has determined that an attorney may only charge 25% of the past due benefits owed to the applicant with a maximum award of $6,000. Social Security will deduct the approved fee from the applicant s past due benefits and pay the fee directly to the attorney. The costs for the prosecution of the case are typically fronted by the attorney and are separate from the fee paid to the attorney.