Many SSDI and SSI claimants are concerned with how they will pay a social security disability attorney to represent them throughout their case. The good news is this should not be a concern to you. While attorneys generally require retainer fees and upfront charges, social security disability attorneys generally do not require fees up front.
Social security disability attorneys generally work on a contingency fee basis. In essence the attorney will receive his fee only when you begin to receive benefits. So does this mean if you retain a social security disability attorney to handle your SSDI or SSI case that he will receive money from what you receive each month from here on out? The answer to this question is an emphatic NO! Social security disability attorney fees are regulated by the social security administration (SSA). The majority of attorneys that represent SSDI and SSI claimants work from the fee agreement process. Your social security disability attorney will be paid 25% or $5300, whichever is less, of your past due benefits. For example if you were disabled 4 years ago, and you are just now awarded benefits for your disability, your attorney will only receive 25% or $5300 whichever is less of the 4 years you should have been receiving benefits. With that said, your attorneys fees will not be paid by money you receive now that you have been awarded benefits, rather your attorney will be paid from money owed to you from the past. While every social security disability attorney does their fees differently, this is the general structure of the majority of attorneys who practice social security disability.
If you do not have to have an attorney I bet you are thinking of having a go at it on your own. In theory this sounds like a good way to save some money, but statistically this is not the best of ideas. Claimants who are represented by counsel have a higher chance of success than those that try to tackle the social security system on their own. It is not even close. If you have not retained a qualified social security disability attorney you may want to schedule an appointment just to talk to one. The piece of mind you will have after putting your case in capable hands is worth every penny your attorney will receive.