Attorney Fees for Social Security Disability
Attorneys’ fees for representing Social Security disability applicants are regulated by federal law. Fees are contingent upon success, so FOA will not receive any fee if the law firm is not successful in obtaining SSDB for you. The attorney files a fee agreement with the Social Security Administration when the retainer is filed, and either the Social Security Administration or the Administrative Law Judge approves the agreement at the time of the decision. If your SSDB claim is accepted, the Social Security Administration usually withholds 25% of your retroactive benefits $28,800 or less, pending receiving a fee application from your attorney. Many clients’ retroactive benefits exceed $28,800 and are not affected by the 25% withholding fee.
When you retain Fine, Olin & Anderman, LLP, to represent you as your Social Security disability lawyer, the attorney and the client both sign a fee agreement, which clearly explains the fee determination process. We offer services on a contingency fee basis so you pay no attorney fee unless we recover for you.
“Out of pocket disbursements” sometimes occur in Social Security disability claims. It depends on whether or not your healthcare provider wants to charge you for copies of records or preparation of a report. FOA will always request that the healthcare provider notify us of any charges for information prior to sending out the information. We then notify you, the client, so that together we can determine whether or not it is necessary or advisable for you to purchase the information from your healthcare provider.