Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Social Security Disability and SSI Denials
Social Security Disability and SSI Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability Back Pay Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI Awards and Award Notices
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
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How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
The fee for representation on a social security disability or SSI disability case is regulated by the Social Security Administration and by Congress. Therefore, there is no negotiation as to how much the maximum fee can be.
All Social Security representatives, including disability attorneys and non-attorney disability representatives, are entitled to receive 25 percent of a claimant's back payment for a case that they win.
However, there is a maximum amount that the fee can reach. Currently, that maximum is set at $6000.00
The representation fee is only paid in the event that a case is won. Fortunately, this means that there is no issue of affordability when it comes to seeking representation. As the fee is only paid after a case has been won, there are basically no initial costs. This is very different from other types of cases in which significant upfront retainers are often charged.
Are there other expenses that may be charged by a social security attorney or representative? Yes, aside from the actual representation fee which is regulated, attorneys and representatives can charge for a wide variety of "incidental expenses", even including postage for mailing documents. Most, though, will only charge to be reimbursed for the cost of gathering updated medical records.
When you choose a representative, you will be asked to sign a SSA-1696 form which will designate that individual as your chosen representative. You will also be asked to sign several medical release forms and a fee agreement. The ability of an attorney or representative to charge for any other expenses must be specifically indicated in the fee agreement. Therefore, you should read your fee agreement thoroughly so that you will be aware of any other additional charges that might be incurred.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria