As a result of a car crash in which she injured her neck, as well as complications from her pain medications and an accident during an indoor spin bike training class, a woman came to Doug Landau for help.
Unable to work since October 2007, this younger individual sought Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits. In addition to her cervical spine problems, nerve damage, degenerative disc disease, difficulty sleeping, pelvic pain, and Lyme Disease, this woman re-injured her neck in a cycling class.
Referred to the Herndon law firm Abrams Landau, Ltd. by the National Organization for Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) in November 2011, a decision was handed down by May 2013.
The disabled woman received a lump sum check for $65,871.00 for her past due benefits, an additional $17,824 since then and monthly checks of over $1000 thereafter.
How much were the attorney’s fees for winning this federal disability case? $5,912 –– less than 10% of the past due benefits!
This is because attorney’s fees in Social Security disability cases are not only contingent upon winning but also capped by law.
In addition, the Landau Law Shop advanced costs of $929.05 for the expert witnesses report, exhibits for trial, FedEx, as well as medical records. Costs advanced are akin to an “interest free loan” for the disabled and out-of-work clients of the Landau law firm. Clients know they could never get a loan at no interest while they are out of work and unable to pay.
The key to winning this case according to Landau was proving the claimant’s “exertional limitations,” as well as her low Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) and combination of impairments.