Social Security disability lawyers get paid only if you win, and their pay, which comes out of your backpay award from Social Security, is limited to 25% of your backpay or $6,000, whichever is less. Statisically, having a lawyer significantly increases your chances of winning benefits. You're actually at an unfair disadvantage if you apply for benefits or appeal without a lawyer's help, because you probably won't know all of the intricate rules Social Security applies and the complex strategies disability lawyers use to show their clients can't work.
When to Talk to a Social Security Disability Lawyer
If you're thinking about hiring a disability attorney to help with your Social Security case, you should first understand the costs and benefits of having a lawyer on your side.
How Much Does a Social Security Disability Lawyer Cost?
Social Security attorneys work “on contingency,” which means that they only collect a fee if they win your disability claim.
How to Find a Good Disability Lawyer
Asking the right questions will ensure you find a qualified, experienced, and ethical disability attorney.
Questions to Ask Before Hiring A Disability Attorney
Hiring a disability attorney to handle your case can greatly improve your chances of success, but it's important to make sure the person you hire is experienced, knowledgeable, and willing to go th
Why It's Smart to Have a Lawyer at a Disability Hearing
The Social Security Act and its corresponding regulations are a complex area of law, so it's always advisable to hire a lawyer for your Social Security disability hearing.
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When Can a Social Security Disability Lawyer Take More Than $7,200 of Your Backpay?
Social Security's attorney fee cap applies in most, but not all, disability claims.
Should I Hire a Social Security Disability Advocate?
Disability advocates are experts at helping people with disabilities file their Social Security applications.
Do I need a lawyer to reapply for disability to get benefits going back to my original claim?
I was denied benefits. Due to my conditions and frustration, I failed to appeal my denial. I know it's too late to appeal, so can I reapply or do I need to get a lawyer?
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Social Security Disability Lawyers
Use Nolo's Lawyer Directory to find a Social Security Disability lawyer or law firm in your area. Browse profiles, read up on a lawyers' philosophy, case history, and more.
Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability
Written by a former SSA medical consultant, Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability is the essential book for learning about the disability process, and can be helpful whether you hire or lawyer or not.