When you are out of work because of your mental or physical health problems and forced to file for Social Security Disability benefits, you probably do not have a lot of extra money to pay a lawyer to help you get approved.
Fortunately, some lawyers, including our Social Security attorneys here at the Deuterman Law Group, will take your case on a contingency basis. This means you you do not have to pay us any attorney fee up front.
In fact, if we don’t win your disability claim you do not have to pay us an attorney fee at all. Our attorney fee is contingent on winning your case.
If we do win your case, our attorney fee is 25 percent of the back pay for which you are eligible. Back pay refers to the amount of money that the Social Security Administration owes you once you are approved for benefits.
The amount of back pay is unique to your case, and depends on many factors including how much you paid in Social Security taxes while working, when you became disabled, when you applied for benefits, how long it took Social Security to approve you, and other factors.
Our attorney fee is also capped at $6,000, so if 25 percent of your back pay is more than $6,000 we will only receive $6,000. Of course, if 25 percent of your back pay is less than $6,000, we will receive the lesser amount. (For example if your back pay is $4,000, our fee will be $1,000).
Attorneys do not get any portion of your ongoing Social Security Disability benefits. Our fee is deducted only from your back pay.
While your case is pending, we also advance for you the costs of pursuing your case. For example, an advance might cover the costs of obtaining medical records for you. If we win your case, you reimburse us for the costs we advanced for you. But you don’t have to worry about paying these costs until your benefits have been approved. If we do not win your case, you do not have to pay us these costs.