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
Disability Denials and Filing 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 Back Pay and the disability award notice
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
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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.
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