What Should I Understand About My Disability Representative?
Understand your representative’s qualifications, fees, And goals
When selecting a disability attorney or representative, there are certain questions you should ask and understand before signing representation documents. Always know what you are getting yourself into before making your final decision.
What are their qualifications?
There are many different people who can help you with your Social Security Disability (SSDI or SSI) claim. Be sure to understand the difference between an attorney and non-attorney representative. What type of representative are you signing with?
Quikaid is a non-attorney firm. We employ attorneys, who are licensed by their respective State Bar, as well as non-attorneys who are authorized by the Social Security Administration to provide disability representation services.
What are their fees?
Depending on the firm or representative you choose, different fees may be associated with your claim.
A representative or attorney who is eligible for fee withholding means they are paid directly by Social Security. The money they receive (25% of your back pay or a maximum of $6,000) comes directly from Social Security. You are not required to pay a fee withholding representative out of pocket. Be sure to understand if your disability representative or attorney is eligible for fee withholding.
Incidental fees are additional charges a representative may ask you to reimburse them for. These fees include, but are not limited to, travel, phone calls, postage, and medical records. Be sure to understand what additional charges you will be asked to pay your representative.
At Quikaid, all of our representatives (attorneys and non-attorney representatives) are eligible for fee withholding via the Social Security Administration (SSA) and we never ask you to reimburse us for any charges we incur during the disability process. We will only receive 25% of your back pay or a maximum of $6,000 directly from SSA if your claim is approved.
What are their goals?
When choosing representation, be sure their goals are aligned with yours. At Quikaid, we don’t get paid until you do. Meaning we don’t get paid unless you do. Our goal is to get your claim approved. Period.
What if I change my mind?
If you are unhappy, you have the right to change representation at any point in the disability process. When you “drop” your representative, the status of your claim does not change. Be sure to understand what (if any) fees may be asked of you if you change representation during the disability process. Representatives should not charge you if you decide you are no longer happy with their services.
If you are unhappy with Quikaid’s services you are free to find representation elsewhere, but we doubt you’ll be unhappy. Our goals are aligned with yours – we want to get your claim approved! Call now for a free case evaluation. We look forward to helping you.
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