Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are benefits for those who have severe impairments that prevent them from working for a year or more. These systems are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
If you need and are entitled to SSDI or SSI, our team of dedicated attorneys, paralegals and case managers will fight for your rights. This includes filing appeals, gathering medical records, and speaking on your behalf at a hearing. Prior to the hearing, you will have an appointment with one of our attorneys to review the hearing brief and the questions that you may be asked. Your attorney will then appear with you at the hearing and conduct it on your behalf.
We will guide you through the process to what we hope and expect will be a successful outcome.
A Social Security Disability claimant typically files the initial application for disability benefits on his or her own. However, do not be surprised if the initial claim is denied. A large percentage of initial applications are denied, and must be appealed within certain time limitations. The Pantazis Law Firm can be of assistance after you have been denied by helping file the Request for Reconsideration, and, if necessary, the Request for Hearing. Handling these appeals can often be a long, tedious, and complicated process. Our firm takes the burden off of you in navigating this system. Our firm can also be helpful if there is a workers’ compensation claim involved so the offset language can be properly included and benefits correctly calculated.
Payment / Fees
All Social Security Disability cases are taken on a “contingency fee” basis, meaning there is no money paid up front to an attorney. An attorney’s fee is based on 25% of the back pay awarded (including both SSDI and SSI). However, the attorney’s fee is also subject to a fee cap set by the SSA. Currently, the fee cap is $6,000.00. In other words, the fee is 25% of the back pay, but in no event more than $6,000.00. This does not include the costs that an attorney will advance on your behalf to obtain your medical records and other evidence. You are responsible for these costs in addition to the attorneys’ fee, but these costs do not have to be paid up front. However, the costs will need to be paid at the end of your case.
If you do not win your case, or if you win and there is no back pay awarded, then the attorney typically does not charge a fee, but you would still be responsible for the costs. If you are awarded back pay after using the assistance of an attorney, then the SSA will send one check to you for 75% of your back pay, and a separate check to your attorney for 25% of your back pay.