Should you worry about how much it will cost you to hire a Federal Disability Lawyer?
It is a genuine worry. There are plenty of lawyers on the Internet who say that they “guarantee” — with a “money-back” promise — a successful outcome. But what good is it to give you back your money if your application is denied at the first hint of trouble, and how much work and effort do you think such a law firm will put into your case? At first sight, a “money-back” guarantee may seem like an attractive proposition. You’ll get your money back if a Federal Disability Lawyer can’t deliver. The problem is: How much “delivery” will there be to begin with? And what good is the money returned if you have not secured your Federal Disability Retirement benefits — and more importantly, if you didn’t even put enough effort into a case to give it a fighting chance?
By the time you come to a point where filing for Federal disability retirement benefits becomes a reality, you have already invested both time and money into a career whose goal was to create a “nest egg” for retirement purposes. You may have already invested 10, 20 or even 30 years in a Federal career, and you are about to lose everything because of an injury or a medical condition. Taken in that context, “How much” you will be paying to your attorney shouldn’t be your primary concern. The attorney you hire might promise you your money back — but what good is that if you haven’t taken your “best shot” at securing your future? In filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, you are given only one opportunity to save your 10-30 years of hard work before it is thrown out the window. Who you hire as your Federal Disability Lawyer; how much he is willing to fight on your behalf; what effort will be expended on your behalf; whether he is accessible to you throughout the process — these and many more considerations should be part of the “investment” into your own future. On the other hand, your “Federal Disability Lawyer” who gives you that “money-back guarantee” might realize that your case is too hard to fight for, that it was not “easy money” and he/she might therefore decide to quit on you. Yes, it can happen. It has happened to others.
Meanwhile, your Agency or the Postal Service might have already let you go because you filed for Federal Disability Retirement. The potential disaster is that you were “medically separated” but you didn’t qualify for Federal Disability Retirement benefits. Yes, it can happen. It has happened to others.
When you are struggling to survive after spending a 10-30 year career with the Federal Government, your legal fees are still an important consideration — but even this financial consideration should really be comparatively unimportant when considering the bridges you might be burning behind you. Don’t be fooled by the “100% Money Back Promise”.
Be smart. Hire the best Federal Disability Lawyer you can find. Do your homework: Ask former Federal employees who have already successfully filed for Federal Disability Retirement benefits (nothing can beat a personal recommendation); consult with an honest union steward; and research for the best attorney in the field. Read real reviews (a tip: if an attorney can write his/her own review on his website or even in Google reviews, that might not be a good basis upon which to make a decision); go instead to reputable lawyer directories, public forums, or even the BBB after finding potential Federal Disability Lawyers.
In the end, saving a few hundred of dollars might cost you the rest of your life savings. Be smart. Medical conditions can become a disaster in the life of the Federal or Postal employee. Don’t let a medical disaster become a legal disaster.
Yes, it can happen. It has happened to others.