How do Social Security Disability attorneys get paid for representing you in your disability claim?
By Kay Derochie / March 3, 2016 / Applying for Social Security Disability & SSI Benefits / 387 Comments
Learn how Social Security lawyers get paid only if your disability claim is approved, and learn about the maximum fees your attorney can receive for winning your case.
Disability Attorneys Are Paid Only If You Win
Social Security Disability attorneys who represent disability claimants get paid on a contingency basis. This means that they are paid for their services only if you are awarded benefits. If an attorney accepts your case on a contingency basis, he or she believes that you have a reasonable chance of being approved for disability benefits.
Maximum Fee for Attorney Services
When you hire a Social Security attorney, you will sign a Social Security representation form and fee agreement with your attorney, who then, in turn, reports that information to the Social Security Administration. Your attorney can charge a fee up to 25% of your back pay or $6,000.00, whichever is less. Your attorney does not receive a fee from your ongoing monthly checks. Usually Social Security sends your attorney the approved fee at the same time as they send you the back pay.
Out-of-pocket Attorney Expenses
Typically, whether you are awarded benefits or you are denied after exhausting all appeals, you will be responsible for reimbursing your attorney directly for out-of-pocket expenses, such as court filing fees and costs to obtain medical records and reports. These charges are usually minimal.
The Benefits of Attorney Representation
For a discussion of some of the ways disability attorneys can help with your Social Security Disability claim, please see our articles How Can a Social Security Disability Lawyer Help Me Get Social Security Benefits? and Do I Really Have to Hire a Lawyer for My Social Security Disability Claim?