While Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a crucial safety net for millions of disabled Americans, receiving the benefits you need and deserve can be a frustrating, time-consuming process.
It can take months to receive an initial determination – and the majority of initial applications are denied – and then it can take just as long to hear back after an appeal, all while your financial well-being hangs in the balance.
If this is the situation you find yourself in, you may be wondering if an SSDI attorney can help and, if so, how much one will cost to hire. These are important questions to ask and we’re here to provide you with the straightforward answers you need.
That said, every situation is different, which is why we encourage you to speak directly with an experienced Kentucky SSDI lawyer over a free consultation.
Like some other types of law, such as personal injury law, most SSDI attorneys work on what is called a contingency fee basis. This means that you will only have to pay your SSDI attorney if and when they receive benefits for you, at which point their fee will be a percentage of the back pay benefits you receive. These back pay benefits are for the money you would have received if your SSDI claim had been immediately approved.
Further, SSDI attorneys are limited in how much they can charge disabled clients. At the most, we can only charge 25% or $6,000, whichever is less. So, for example, if you receive $10,000 in back pay benefits, an attorney would only be able to charge you $2,500 for their services. If the number is higher, though, such as $25,000, the most you would pay in attorney’s fees would be $6,000.
The important thing to keep in mind is that if you work with the Karl Truman Law Firm or another firm that has a contingency fee arrangement, you only have to pay this fee if they receive a favorable decision on your behalf.
While you can certainly file an SSDI application on your own, the experience that an attorney brings to your claim can be invaluable. They understand what information is most important, including your medical records, and they can handle the whole process for you, from submitting the application to managing requests for additional documentation, while ensuring everything is done in a timely manner to ensure you receive the full amount of benefits you deserve as quickly as possible.
Also, an SSDI attorney will have a good understanding of what other benefits you may be able to receive, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or VA disability compensation if you served in the military.
An attorney can also evaluate your situation to see if you may qualify for a compassionate allowance to help you get approved for SSDI benefits more quickly.
Every situation is unique, but many disabled Kentuckians we have worked with have benefited greatly from our help and support.
We understand how difficult it can be when you are unable to work, and we want to do everything we can to help you receive the benefits you need and deserve, using our knowledge and experience with the claims process to give you the best chance of being approved.
If your SSDI claim was denied, you are not alone – about 70 percent of initial applications for SSDI are rejected.
In many cases, this is a crucial time to work with an attorney who can help you understand the reason for your denial, gather and prepare additional documentation as needed, and handle the submission on your behalf.
The Social Security Administration is, unfortunately, not easy to work with. They process hundreds of thousands of claims every single year, meaning it’s easy for your claim to get lost in the shuffle.
An SSDI attorney can help navigate the process and work within the system to give you the best chance of receiving benefits through a Request for Reconsideration. If this is denied, they can also help you through additional levels of appeals, including a hearing, a review by the Appeals Council, and – if necessary – Federal Court.
At the Karl Truman Law Office, we understand the hesitation you may feel about hiring an attorney. However, our goal is not to further your financial burden but to alleviate it. Beyond our contingency fee arrangement, we also offer free consultations so you can ask questions and get to know us before we begin working together.
To get started with your free consultation, please call our Louisville, Kentucky office today at (502) 222-2222.