SSA limits how much an attorney can charge, and must approve the fee. SSA currently allows an attorney to charge up to 25% of the applicant’s past-due benefit, up to a maximum of $6,000. SSA withholds the attorney’s fee from the applicant’s award and pays the attorney directly. The fee is on the past-due benefit only. There is no fee on the ongoing monthly benefit.
In addition to charging the fee, attorneys will usually seek reimbursement for the cost of obtaining medical records on your behalf. This cost is usually no more than a couple hundred dollars. At Hubbs Disability Law, we seek reimbursement of costs only if you win your case.