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What is the Representation Fee for disability claim in Texas?

Social Security Disability and SSI disability claimants in Texas inevitably have questions about representation. And for good reason. At the social security disability hearing level, it is obvious that having a disability representative can substantially increase the chances of being awarded social security disability benefits.

One of the questions that claimants have is the cost of representation. I've spoken about representation and the cost of using someone for disability representation a number of times, but let me restate the major points now for those individuals who are A) considering finding a disability lawyer and B) concerned as to whether or not they can actually afford representation.

Here are the basic facts:

1. Claimants in Texas (or potential claimants, for that matter) will have no difficulty finding representation on the basis of cost. This is because social security disability representatives are not paid a fee unless a case is won. If the case they represent is not won, there is no fee.

2. Because social security disability attorney fees are only paid in the event that a case is won, nothing is paid upfront. This relieves a claimant of the enormous burden that is often found in other types of representation. With social security disability and SSI disability, there is no such thing as a retainer or advance fee payment.

3. Social security disability attorney fees are actually lower as compared to attorney fees in other types of cases. In other matters of legal representation, an attorney may be entitled to as much as 33 percent of a claimant's award. When it comes to SSD and SSI representation, however, the fee is capped to only 25 percent of a claimant's total back pay. But even better, the fee can never exceed a pre-set maximum that has been determined by the social security administration. Currently, that maximum is $6000. In other words, when it comes to social security disability and SSI, fees are capped to a reasonable limit.

4. Social security disability attorney fees are paid by the social security administration to respective attorneys. Fees are paid out of a claimant's back pay, but the claimant is not required to actually deal with this aspect of the case. This is simply one less hassle for a claimant who has been through the rigors of a disability to have to deal with.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Physician Support for Your Social Security Disability Case in Texas
Why most SS Disability Claims are Denied in Texas
Getting seen by a doctor for Social Security Disability in Texas
Is it Difficult to Win Social Security Disability in Texas if you have Mental Illness?
Social Security Disability in Texas and Physicians
What is the Representation Fee for disability claim in Texas?
Who is eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI Disability in Texas?
The Texas Disability Hearing and Doctor Records
Will my doctor help me on my disability case in Texas?
How many people win Disability Benefits from Social Security in Texas?
What do I Bring to a Social Security Disability Application Interview in Texas?

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

What to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits
Applying for disability benefits, SSI and SSDI
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
Social Security Disability And SSI Qualifications
Permanent Disability Qualifications for SSD and SSI
Status of your social security disability or SSI case
Disability lawyer representation, finding lawyers
What is qualifying for disability based on?
How to qualify for disability, qualifying for Benefits
Qualifications for Disability Benefits
How long does it take to get disability after applying?
Disability application, how to file in Texas
Texas disability requirements
Eligibility and qualifying for disability in Texas
What are the qualifications for disability in Texas?
Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in Texas?
Getting a Texas disability lawyer, attorney, or advocate