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?”