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
What does an SSD lawyer get paid when they win the case?
Social Security created a very strict fee payment system for SSD lawyers and representatives who represent Social Security Disability applicants. The reason they created this was to allow individuals with little or no means to have fair access to representation for their disability cases.
Social Security has determined a disability attorney or representative fee of 25% or 6000.00, whichever is less, provided there is a back payment of disability benefits. The total 6000.00 maximum can be a cumulative total from the disabled beneficiary and any dependents entitled to a back payment on their record. Conversely, if there is no disability back payment there is no representative fee.
That being said, if you decide to get a disability lawyer or representative you will have to sign a fee agreement that creates a binding financial contract. This fee agreement will of course include the normal fee language (25% or 6000.00) and other potential expenses the representative expects reimbursement for. For example, some lawyers/representatives ask for reimbursement for expenses such as travel and the cost of medical records gathered for your disability claim.
Social Security only approves the fee portion of the fee agreement; they do not make a determination as to other expenses you agreed to pay. This does not mean you will not be obligated to pay these expenses! Remember, this is a binding financial contract and your representative may use other legal remedies to collect monies owed.
In summary, if you obtain the services of a representative, you will not have to pay any retainers or hourly rates. They will receive their fee by taking a portion of your back payment. Keep in mind fee agreements are binding with regard to any additional expenses you agree to pay when you signed your fee agreement.
What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?
Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?
How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?
Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved
What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?
What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Receiving a Disability Award Letter
Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability
Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI
Applying for disability in your state
Most popular topics on SSDRC.com
Social Security Disability SSI Questions
The listings, list of disabling impairments
Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?
Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials
How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?
How to apply for disability for a child or children
Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application
Filing for disability - when to file
How to apply for disability - where to apply
Qualifications for disability benefits
How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits
Qualifying for Disability - The Process
How to get disability for depression
Getting disability for fibromyalgia
SSI disability for children with ADHD
What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability
Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips
More Social Security Disability SSI Questions
Social Security Disability SSI definitions
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
New and featured pages on SSDRC.com
Who can help me file for disability?
Can disability be awarded for depression for a time until I am fully recovered?
Social Security Disability benefits for stroke
Social Security Disability, back pain, and sedentary, light, and medium work
Should I hire a disability lawyer?
An SSI Reconsideration decision
Why was my Social Security Disability check reduced?
Can you collect your retirement and Social Security Disability?
How does your work history affect a claim for disability?
What about assets if you file for Disability?
Social Security Disability in North Carolina Must be for a Severe Condition
Medical records for SSD or SSI disability application
To be Awarded Disability Benefits in North Carolina, How Severe Does Your Condition Need to Be?
Can I apply for disability at age 62?
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
Permanent Social Security Disability
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
Who is eligible for SSI disability?
Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
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?
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.
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