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If I lose my case, or win but do not get back pay, will I still owe a representation fee?

"If I don't get disability back pay, will I have to pay a lawyer fee?"

A disability attorney or non-attorney rep cannot be paid a fee if there is no back pay. This is specifically because of the way that they are paid, which is strictly regulated by the Social Security Administration.

This is how individuals who represent disability claims are paid: 1/4 of the back pay up to a max of $6000 (this is the maximum fee payable as of 2016. Keep in mind that this amount could change in future years). The attorneys and non-attorney reps are fully aware of this and this is simply how things are done. To see the current max fee go here: Maximum disability attorney fee.

Basically, if there was no back pay, you do not owe a fee. Obviously, a person will not owe back pay when they have not won their case. But there are cases in which ongoing benefits are won but there is still no back pay. This is more likely to be true if the case was won quickly (because most back pay is a result of the case taking a very long time in the appeals process).

Keep in mind that if you do not owe a fee, you may still owe the representative other costs (usually reimbursement for obtaining medical records) that you agreed to when you hired the representative (very often, this is the cost that was incurred for getting your medical records) but there would not be a fee payable for representation provided if there was no back pay in the case.

Here are some related pages on the site:

1. Disability back pay, how long?

2. What is the maximum SSDI back pay?

3. How far back will Social Security pay SSDI back pay benefits?

4. When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?

  • What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

  • What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

  • Which conditions will social security recognize as a disability?

  • Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

  • SSDRC Homepage:

    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center

    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    The SSDRC Disability Blog

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    Getting disability in North Carolina

    Related pages:

    SSI disability reconsideration
    Social Security Reconsideration status
    How long does a Social Security Reconsideration take?
    Social Security Reconsideration process
    Social Security Disability Reconsideration denied
    Tips for filing a Social Security Disability Reconsideration
    Social Security Disability denial letter and appeal
    What happens after you request a disability hearing?
    Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
    Which medical conditions will social security recognize as a disability?
    If I don't get disability back pay, do I pay a lawyer fee?
    What is the average time for an answer after a SSDI or SSI disability hearing?
    Will I get an increase in my SSI check?
    Getting disability and receiving a personal injury settlement
    Do disability benefits come from SSI or SSDI?

    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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

    How to file for disability, filing tips
    What to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits
    Applying for disability benefits, SSI and SSDI
    What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability?
    Will you get disability back pay?
    Social Security Disability And SSI Qualifications
    Permanent Disability Qualifications for SSD and SSI
    Social Security Disability SSI status
    Disability lawyer representation, finding lawyers
    Who will qualify for disability and what qualifying is based on
    Qualifications for Disability Benefits
    Important points about filing for disability
    How long does it take to get disability after applying?
    Am I Eligible For Social Security Disability?
    Who is eligible for SSI disability?
    How to get disability in Florida