Mr. Hankus does not collect any fees unless past-due benefits are awarded to the claimant. Mr. Hankus uses a fee agreement which allows the Social Security Administration (SSA) to pay him directly if your claim is approved.
For Social Security disability lawyers, the fee is limited to 25% of the back due or “past-due” benefits you are awarded. Moreover, the maximum fee is set at $6,000. If no past-due benefits are awarded, your attorney will not receive a fee and should not ask you for one.
When do you have to pay the attorney’s fee? You should not need to pay the attorney’s fee directly out of your pocket. The SSA should withhold the entire lawyer’s fee (up to $6,000) from your past-due benefits (your calculated award of backpay), before Social Security sends it to you. In the event of a favorable or partially favorable decision, you will be responsible for covering out-of-pocket expenses incurred, including the cost of obtaining medical records.