WHY IS REPRESENTATION IS IMPORTANT
Statistically, the overwhelming majority of Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income claims are denied at the initial claim and reconsideration levels. As a result, most claimants will have to appear before an Administrative Law Judge who will determine whether they are disabled. An attorney can drastically improve a claimant's chances of obtaining benefits by developing the case appropriately and ensuring that the judge has all the necessary information to make the right decision. An attorney can also help prepare the claimant's testimony by focusing on the relevant information that the judge needs to hear. Significantly, an attorney can help the claimant avoid any unnecessary surprises by keeping the claimant informed throughout the process. Most importantly, an attorney will be able to link the claimant's medical impairments with the vocational factors required for a finding of disability.
I offer a free initial consultation to assess the case and answer any preliminary questions. If we win your case at or below the initial hearing level, my fee consists of 25% of the past due benefits with a maximum of $6,000.00; this is consistent with the federal regulations. Importantly, I only get paid if we win your case and my fee must be approved by the judge.
In the event that we win the case beyond the initial hearing level, my fee consists of 25% of your past due benefits and must be approved by the judge through a fee petition.
Please note that clients are responsible for the reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. fees for medical records), whether we win or lose the case.