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How much does a Social Security Disability Lawyer Cost?

You'd be happy to know that attorneys will only get paid if they win your case. That means that you owe them nothing up front to represent you. If they do win your case and you are approved for benefits, the attorney will earn a percentage of your back award.


If you have a Social Security Disability claim or appeal pending in Texas, you should consider hiring a lawyer. The SSA (Social Security Administration) disability system is very complex and takes years to become well-versed and experienced in. A claimant in San Antonio, Texas should choose an attorney who is very familiar with how the disability system works, meaning the basic requirements and qualifications for disability, how claims are approved, how evidence is reviewed, as well as the vocational medical guideline rules and federal regulations that guide decisions, and the court rulings that apply to various cases.




How Much Are The Fees For A Disability Lawyer In Texas?




If you have a Social Security Disability claim or appeal pending in Texas, you should consider obtaining the services of a disability representative. This individual may be a disability lawyer or a non-attorney disability representative. The Social Security Disability and SSI system is an administrative-legal system and for this reason a non-attorney may represent a claim. In practical terms, there is no difference between the two and many non-attorney representatives are former disability examiners and SSA field office claims representatives.


However, because the SSA (Social Security Administration) disability system is very complex and takes years to become well-versed in, a claimant in Texas should choose a representative who is very familiar with how the federal disability system works, meaning the basic requirements and qualifications for disability, how claims are approved, how evidence is viewed, as well as the various grid framework rules and federal regulations that guide decisions, and the court rulings that apply to individual cases.


The cost of hiring a legal representative


You may be thinking whether you can afford an attorney to help you win your disability claim. This is a common concern; however, there is no need to be concerned as all attorney's must adhere to very specific Social Security fee rules in order to represent disability claimants. The fee for representation in Texas is 25% of your back payment of disability benefits up to a maximum amount of $6000.00. This means that the fee can never exceed $6000 under any circumstances. However, it can also never exceed 1/4 of your back pay.


For example, lets say your back pay benefits is $10,000, the attorney would get $2500, which is 25% of $10,000. But lets say the back pay benefits was $30,000, well 25% of $30,000 is $7500, however the lawyer is capped at the maximum amount of $6000. So the lawyer cannot receive $7500, only $6000.


In most cases, you will not have to worry about paying the attorney. Social Security will withhold the attorneys fee from your back payment of benefits prior to sending you your back payment check.

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