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Disability lawyers typically charge a one-time fee for their services. The fee for legal representation can be anywhere from $1,500 to $4,500, depending on the complexity of your case. In some cases, a lawyer may agree to take your case on a contingency fee basis, in which they take a percentage of the back pay you receive from Social Security. This fee usually ranges from 25 to 40 percent.
The most common disability claims approved by the Social Security Administration are for medical conditions such as back pain, arthritis, and heart disease. Mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder are also common. Claims for physical disabilities like hearing loss and vision loss are also often approved.
Unfortunately, there are some conditions that can disqualify a person from getting disability benefits. Some of the most common disqualifying factors are: being able to perform a job in spite of the disability, not following your doctor’s treatment plan, failing to report changes in your condition or income, and having too much income or resources.
In order to maximize your chances of getting approved for disability benefits, it’s important to be prepared for your disability interview. Make sure you know all the details of your medical condition, any treatments you’ve received, the names of all your doctors, and any other information related to your disability. It’s also important to remain calm and answer all questions honestly. Avoid providing too much information and never guess at any answers. Finally, you should not tell the interviewer that you need the money, as this could damage the credibility of your claim.