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More than One-Fifth of SSDI Representatives Provide No Apparent Aid to Clients

Created on November 24, 2015

More than One-Fifth of SSDI Representatives Provide No Apparent Aid to Clients

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The average fee for representing an SSDI claimant is $2,950. The SSA pays representatives directly, using funds cut from recipients’ benefit checks. This encourages representatives to provide as little assistance as possible to their clients.

Source: Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General, “Claimant Representatives at the Disability Determination Services Level,” February 2014, p. 3, http://oig.ssa.gov/sites/default/files/audit/full/pdf/ A-01-13-13097.pdf (accessed November 18, 2015).

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Tags: SSDI, SSA, attorneys, claimant