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How do Disability Lawyers in Texas get paid their fees?

A representative handling a disability claim through the Social Security Administratration (SSD or SSI) may be a disability lawer or a non-attorney disability representative (many non-attorney representatives are former SSA field office claims reps or disability examiners, such as the author of, Tim Moore).

The fee for representing a Social Security Disability or SSI disability claim in Texas is regulated by the Social Security Act which is administered by the Social Security Administration at the federal level. Disability lawyers and non-attorney disability representatives are not paid upfront.

A representative is only paid a fee when a case has been won. Usually, this occurs at the disability hearing level (hearings are decided by federal ALJs, or administrative law judges) since the rate of approval at the disability application level tends to be fairly low and the rate of approval at the next level, the request for reconsideration level, tends to be even dramatically lower than this.

Regardless of the level at which an SSD or SSI claim is won, the fee that is paid to a disability lawyer or disability representative in the state of Texas is equal to one-fourth of the back pay benefits that a claimant is eligible to receive.

So, for example, if a claimant is awarded $18,000 in a back payment, the non-attorney representative or lawyer would be eligible to receive $4500 as payment for the fee.

However, the fee is capped at a certain maximum. Currently, that maximum is set at $6000. This the most that a representative in Texas can be paid on any disability claim. And, obviously, it is only paid if the case is actually won.

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An additional benefit is also that the actual payment of the fee will be handled by the Social Security Administration which will calculate the amount of back pay that is owed to the claimant and then deduct the amount owed to the representative and send it to them.

Do you pay a higher fee if the case takes longer? No, the maximum fee amount payable is simply the maximum.

Are there other costs associated with having a case represented? Usually, yes. In the course of handling a claim for disability, a representative will usually incur predictable expenses such as the cost of obtaining medical records and perhaps a statement from a physician who has a history of providing treatment to the claimant. Sometimes, the attorney or representative will ask for reimbursement as the costs are incurred, or they may simply ask for a cumulative reimbursement of costs after the case has been concluded.

Claimants who choose someone to represent their SSD or SSI claim in Texas will sign a fee agreement in addition to the form that authorizes that individual, firm, or company to represent them. This agreement must be approved by the Social Security Administration and that fact pretty much guarantees that the representative will not charge unallowable expenses.

Nevertheless, a claimant should always read their fee agreement before signing to ensure they fully understand what they may be charged.

To recap: the fee for representation of a claim is fixed and non-negotiable, but some representatives may differ in what they charge for incidental expenses.

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For the sake of clarity, 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.

To learn more about the author, please visit the homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.