If I do hire an attorney, how will I pay him?
Social Security disability claimants may hire an attorney to represent him/her at any point of the appeals process. Social Security disability attorneys typically only get paid if they win your claim. Usually, nothing will be paid to your attorney if you do not win your claim. If your claim is approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA), your attorney will be paid directly by the SSA from your past due award or through a fee petition. Favorable decisions made on or after June 22, 2009 will pay your attorney 25% of your past due award amount with a maximum fee of $6,000.
So in summary, there are generally no up front out-of-pocket expenses when hiring a Social Security disability attorney to represent you in your Social Security disability claim. Most Social Security disability lawyers will only ask for payment when the claim is found to be favorable.