How Does A Social Security Lawyer Get Paid?

When someone becomes physically or mentally disabled they are going to be facing situations that they have never faced before; of primary concern is how they are going to maintain their household with limited or even no income? Under these circumstances it is easy to understand why there would be hesitation to hire a Social Security lawyer in Maryville to help them deal with their claim for disability benefits and perhaps even an appeal.

There really is no cause for concern, Social Security lawyers will represent you without your having to pay any retainer or up-front fees at all. Social Security lawyers work on a contingency basis, this simply means that when they win your case, then they are paid and they are paid directly from your initial benefit amount.

How much does the lawyer charge?

The legal fees that a Social Security lawyer in Maryville can charge are limited by law. The fee is capped at twenty five percent of the back benefits that are eventually awarded up to a maximum of $6,000. The lawyer will only get paid from the back pay you are granted, he or she gets nothing on an on-going basis; the checks you receive month after month are all yours.

Although the fee is capped you can expect the lawyer to pass on any “out of pocket” expenses made on your behalf, these are always quite small and include charges for such things as postage or photocopies, etc.

Disability back pay:

The amount of your first benefit check is calculated from the date your disability began up to the date your claim was approved, up to a maximum of one year.

Let’s look at an example. If your back pay amounted to $10,000, the Social Security lawyer in Maryville that helped you with your case will receive 25 percent or $2,500; the balance of $7,500 is yours. Invariably your lawyer will be paid direct by the SSA; you will not have to pay the lawyer directly.

As the legal fees charged by a Social Security lawyer in Maryville come out of your initial back pay you really can’t afford not to be represented. If you are suffering from a disability you are invited to discuss your case in detail with the Law Offices of Miller & Drozdowski, P.C.

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