Can You Afford to Hire a Social Security Disability Attorney?

You’re disabled and unable to work, and well-meaning friends have suggested that you hire a Social Security Disability attorney. Having an experienced Utah lawyer on your side boosts the odds of your disability application being approved, so taking their advice certainly makes sense.

But how can you afford legal assistance when you’re already under financial strain?

Actually, working with a Social Security Disability attorney in Utah costs you nothing until your case ends. And even then, there’s no need to be concerned about the expense.

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Disability Attorneys Only Earn a Fee if Benefits are Awarded

While attorneys who specialize in other areas of the law often charge hourly fees, disability lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. In other words, their payment is contingent upon the outcome of a case – and if your attorney isn’t successful in getting you approved for benefits, you won’t be charged a dime in legal fees.

Attorney Fees Come Directly From the Past-Due Benefits

If a disability attorney agrees to take your case, knowing that they’ll only earn a fee if they win, they must believe they can help you obtain benefits. But when that happens, you won’t need to come up with cash to cover your legal fees – your lawyer will get their payment automatically, with the funds coming from your first backpay check.

How Much You’ll End Up Paying Your Disability Attorney

Disability lawyers don’t have the freedom to set their own fees, as the Social Security Administration places a limit on how much an attorney can charge. You can expect legal representation to cost you either 25 percent of the past-due benefits awarded or $6,000, whichever is less.

Will You Have any Out-of-Pocket Costs if You Hire an Attorney?

When you hire a disability lawyer, you won’t have to pay any upfront legal fees – but you may still have a few expenses as your case proceeds. At Mountain West, we charge nothing to obtain your medical records. But you may have postage and photocopying costs, and any necessary physical or psychological exams are your responsibility. However, these are expenses you would have incurred if you handled your own disability application.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Mountain West Disability

The legal team at Mountain West Disability, based in northern Utah, has helped hundreds of disabled individuals across the country navigate the disability application process – and over the years, our Social Security Disability attorneys have built a proven track record of winning cases.

Let us fight for the financial assistance you need. For a free case evaluation or you have questions regarding the cost of hiring a Social Security Disability attorney, contact us today.