Individuals with a disability that renders them completely unable to work do not have to pay any upfront costs for hiring a disability attorney. In this video, Tulsa SSDI lawyer Steve Troutman explains how low-income individuals are able to afford attorneys through contingency fees. He also explains wherein the disability filing process that fees may arise.
Disability attorneys, once they take on your case, will pay the fees to bring your case through the Social Security system at no cost to you, and you will only owe attorney fees if your case is successful. Attorney fees must not exceed $6,000 or 25 percent of your back benefits, whichever number is less.
There are not any claim filing fees with the Social Security Administration, so there’s really no cost upfront to the people at all. Once in a while, we run into someone who says they needed to go to Legal Aid or someplace where they can find a free lawyer and I wonder, “Why do they need to do that?” because it really doesn’t cost them anything to hire us. As I said, our fees are contingent, so we don’t get a fee unless we win their case anyway and there’s just no cost upfront. There is one area in which there is a cost and that is if the case is lost all the way through the Social Security Administration and an appeal is filed in federal district court, the federal courts have a filing fee. But most of our clients’ income is low enough that we can get that waived.
For more information or to speak with a disability attorney, go to TroutmanLaw.com.