How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

How much can an attorney charge for Social Security Disability?

While Social Security is not an adversarial process, it can be a very daunting process. Social Security understands that an average person is highly unlikely to be cognizant of the intricacies of Social Security Disability medical vocational guidelines or court rulings. Therefore, they established a way for disability applicants to have legal representation for a disability claim without having to pay legal retainers. An attorney must be amenable to the fee guidelines established by Social Security if they wish to represent disability cases.

An attorney can only collect a fee for representation if 1. you are approved for disability benefits and 2. you are also entitled to a back payment of benefits. Their allowable fee is 25% of your back payment up to a maximum of $6000.00 whichever is less. They are allowed to collect 25% of the back payment for any dependent entitled on your record if they did not receive the maximum $6000.00 fee from your back payment.

For example, if you have a back payment of $20,000.00, your attorney can collect $5000.00 for their fee. If you have dependents, the fee works the same; they are allowed to collect 25% of their back pay or $1000.00 (this example) whichever is less.

If you get an attorney, they will have you sign a fee agreement that will state that you agree to pay them 25% your back payment up to the maximum of $6000.00. The fee agreement can include other expenses such as medical records, travel, or any other expense incurred in the development of your disability case.

Note:Your attorney can ask for payment of expenses whether you win or lose your disability claim. Social Security neither approves or disapproves the expenses that your attorney requests. However,fee agreements are legally binding and should be read carefully to see prior to signing. You are liable to anything you agree to pay.

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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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