Harris Federal Law Firm focuses on obtaining benefits for injured federal workers. Your initial consultation with us is always free. We use this introductory meeting to learn more about your potential claim – including your legal rights, the expected likelihood of success, and the estimated time involved in resolving your claim. We take cases that we believe have a reasonable chance of success in order to justify our time and effort in helping clients achieve their goals. We want to be confident that we can obtain a good result for both the client and our firm.
Fees for our services vary from case to case depending on the type and complexity of the matter. Although every case is different, requests for certain types of services are common. The fees you can expect are explained in more detail below.
We have spent more than a decade building a reputation and a proven track record as a trusted resource to advise and assist federal employees with their federal disability retirement claims
Federal workers who are unable to fully perform their job duties due to a medical condition are potentially eligible for an early medical separation benefit known as federal disability retirement.
Because our work cannot adjust the amount of money you will be eligible for once your claim is approved, we don’t think that our fee should be contingent on how much money you earn now, or will receive in retirement. We think it’s fair for you to know upfront how we charge our fee. We keep things simple and charge a single flat fee. You can elect to pay us in monthly installments (without interest charges), or if paid in full upfront, you will receive a discount of $1,000.
Our experience with over 2,000 approved claims gives us the confidence to extend to you a 100% money-back promise.
What does that mean? If our office decides to accept your case for federal disability retirement, and we are not successful in winning your case, we will refund our entire representation fee. Yes, you heard that right! We’re ready to provide top-notch representation and customer service, without putting you in an even more pressing financial situation.
Why refund your money? We want you to hire us because after evaluating all of your options, the decision shouldn’t come down to what you can afford, but who is going to give you the best chance for success.
Of course we require your cooperation and the opportunity to appeal any denials of your claim along the way. If your claim has already been denied, don’t wait, there are still deadlines on avenues of appeal, you should still call us, we may be able to help.
Need to know more? We will be honored to spend some time with you in a free consultation to see if we think we can help you with your claim and we will be happy to go into detail regarding the particular facts of your case.
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Federal employees who have been injured on the job are entitled to lost wages, medical expenses, and potentially a “schedule award” (i.e., a payment for an injury that causes a permanent loss of some function of the body). We focus our practice on assisting federal workers obtain a schedule award. A schedule award generates “new” money for a client, and makes it easier for him or her to pay for our services.
We typically charge on a “time billing” basis for working on a matter involving a schedule award. The fee will ultimately depend on the complexity of the case, how much time we spend on the matter, and how much work can be responsibly delegated to less expensive, qualified personnel.
At the free initial consultation, we may determine that a claim may not qualify for a schedule award, or that the issue at stake is the government’s denial that the injury in question is work related. A client may simply need the approval of a medical procedure. These types of issues are typically less time intensive than a schedule award case, and our fees usually will be less as a result.
With these factors in mind, we cannot definitively state what our fees will be on a case until we have had an opportunity to discuss it at length with you and evaluate your situation.
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The law protects employees from discrimination on the job due to race, gender, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, and/or reprisal (retaliation). You may be entitled to obtain financial recovery for individual or class-based discrimination. We handle job bias cases on a time billing basis.
Social Security Disability (SSD) is distinct from federal disability retirement. An SSD claim is based on establishing an inability to work for at least one year due to a debilitating physical or mental condition. A federal employee may be eligible for SSD and federal disability retirement benefits. Federal law states that SSD attorneys’ fees cannot be more than the lesser of 25 percent of the benefits paid, or $6,000. For example, if SSD benefits total $20,000, the attorneys’ fees would be $5,000 (25 percent of $20,000).
A federal employee injured on the job due to the fault of someone other than a co-worker may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering resulting from the injury (in addition to lost wages and reimbursement of medical bills). For example, third party liability can arise if your job requires you to drive off-site and you are injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by someone other than a co-worker. Another example is if your job requires you to be off-site and you slip and fall while working because of unsafe conditions caused by someone else.
We handle third party liability cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning we don’t get paid until you obtain compensation for your injuries, either through a settlement or court judgment. Our contingent fee is typically one-third of the recovery, which is a common contingent fee arrangement for personal injury cases. COURT COSTS AND CASE EXPENSES WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CLIENT.
We assist military veterans who are appealing a denial of benefits. Our fee is typically one-third of the benefits that are awarded to the client. By law, attorneys’ fees for obtaining VA disability benefits are paid only when a veteran wins an appeal and is awarded benefits. These fees usually will be paid directly out of the veteran’s lump sum payment from the VA.
Before you talk to Harris Federal Law Firm, check out positive responses from some of our many satisfied former clients regarding our fees and services:
“I couldn’t be happier with your hard work, honesty, and professionalism. I was very impressed with your integrity – especially when it came to your fees, which ended up being much less than I expected. I recommend your services to any injured federal workers looking for aggressive and truthful representation. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you.”
J.J. – Louisville, Kentucky
“I just wanted to thank you for your great service. After weeks of researching and contacting (or trying to contact) attorneys locally I switched over to a national search. Most lawyers had the attitude that getting social security disability was a breeze compared to disability retirement. A total of four other lawyers looked over my denial for disability retirement and three contacted me wanting double or triple of what you charged.”
J.M. – Zion, Illinois
“I just received my approval for OPM disability. I hired Harris Federal Law Firm to assist me. Grant Ostrander was my case adviser. While you may not need an attorney I found it well worth the price. Grant is very, very good. Helped at every stage, I would recommend him highly.”
B.S. – Las Vegas, Nevada
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