Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Requirements for Disability

Applications for disability

Tips and Advice for Disability Claims

How long does Disability take?

Winning Disability Benefits

Common Mistakes after a Denial

Mental Disability Benefits

Denials for Disability

Appeals for denied claims

Disability Benefits from SSA

SSI Benefits

Child Disability Benefits

Qualifications and How to Qualify

Working and Disability

Disability Awards and Notices

Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys

Social Security List of Conditions

What Social Security considers disabling

Medical Evidence and Disability

Filing for Disability Benefits

Eligibility for Disability Benefits

SSD SSI Definitions



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How do Disability Lawyers in North Carolina get paid their fees?




 
Disability lawyers and non-attorney disability representatives (many of whom are former SSA field office Claims Reps and Disability Examiners, such as the author of this site, Tim Moore) only receive a fee for representation if the case is won.

The fee is equal to one-fourth of a claimant's back pay, payable up to a maximum of $6000. For example, if a claimant receives $10,000 in backpay, the representative would receive $2500. If a claimant receives $24,000, the representative would be paid the maximum of $6000. Howevever, if the claimant receives $30,000 in backpay, the representative would still only be paid the maximum amount of $6000.

In other words, a disability lawyer or non-attorney disability representative in North Carolina can only be paid if a claimant's case is approved, and the representation fee can never exceed $6000 under any circumstances.

In the Social Security system, the payment of fees is strictly regulated by SSA. For a disability attorney or disability representative to be paid after having won a case, the claimant must have signed a fee agreement that was approved by the Social Security Administration.

Note: The fee agreement, as well as the appointment of representative form (form SSA 1696) will normally be submitted to Social Security after a claimant has decided to hire their representative.

Do I have to take care of paying the fee to my lawyer or representative, or will Social Security do that for me? -- The Social Security Administration will handle the payment of the fee and this will be done after the claimant's own back payment has been calculated.

Additional costs

A question that often comes up is "Will I have to take care of any other kind of cost in my disability case?" In all likelihood, a claimant will have other expenses associated with their disability representative or attorney. Most often, these expenses relate to whatever cost is incurred for the cost of obtaining medical evidence that is necessary to win the case.

Usually, this means reimbursement for the cost of obtaining copies of medical records, but there are times in which physicians charge a fee for completing an objective medical statement on behalf of their patient.

All costs that may be charged in relation to a case are clearly spelled out in the fee agreement that a claimant signs when they choose someone to handle their claim. All fee agreements must be approved by the Social Security Administration and this requirement ensures that representation standards are upheld.

Nonetheless, claimants should always read their fee agreement before signing with the person they wish to handle their claim.















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Basic questions about disability benefits in North Carolina

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NC Disability requirements and qualifications

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Proving the requirements for disability in North Carolina

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Winning Disability benefits in NC

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Winning disability benefits in North Carolina




Mental Disability benefits in NC

Receiving disability for a mental condition in North Carolina

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Disability awards and award notices in North Carolina

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Disability representation in North Carolina

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Hiring a Qualified Disability Lawyer in North Carolina

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Disability attorney fees in NC - paying your lawyer or representative

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How much does the fee cost for a disability attorney in North Carolina?

Do you pay your disability lawyer in North Carolina or does Social Security pay the fee?

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NC disability hearings

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