There are many reasons why someone might hire an attorney and trying to acquire disability benefits from Social Security is one of them. When an individual is applying for SSI and is denied benefits, there is an appeal process that can be undergone to overturn the rejection. Having an attorney work with you on this appeal is always advisable, as a skilled and experienced attorney will be able to provide the guidance you need to gain the benefits you deserve.
There are some people that are reluctant on hiring a disability attorney because of the perceived cost that working with an attorney might incur. Is cost truly a major factor in hiring a disability attorney? For the most part, the answer to that is no. Although there may be exceptions, the vast majority of disability lawyers operate on a contingency fee agreement, rather than an up-front or hourly rate. This means that the client would not have to pay the attorney at all unless the case is won, in which case a percentage of the winnings would go to the lawyer as his or her payment. If the case is lost, there is no cost to the client.
In the winnings of a disability case, the contingency fee is usually part of the back pay awarded to the client. Backpay is the money that Social Security grants to those who win an appeal to compensate them for the time in which they should have been receiving benefits. Normal rates for most attorneys average somewhere between 20-25% of the winnings, so that would be a cost of hiring afterward, but it is a small price to pay for winning disability benefits.
The important thing to remember when hiring a disability attorney is that there is no risk involved, but the potential, and increased likelihood, to win the case. We at the Franco Law Firm have helped many people across Tampa Bay and beyond win the benefits that they deserve and we would be honored to help you do the same. To schedule a free consultation with us today, please call (813) 872-0929.