Frequently Asked Questions: Applying
Are there any costs to me during the appeals process?
Your advocacy team will only charge you if your application is approved and you receive back pay. At Citizens Disability, if you don’t win, we don’t get paid.
In the Social Security Act, the government sets the fee that a representative can charge for helping a client through the application and appeals processes. In the vast majority of cases, the fee is 25% of the back-pay awarded to the claimant, up to a maximum of $6,000.
This government-set rate is the standard for disability advocates, and in the vast majority of cases we handle, it is what Citizens Disability charges for the services we provide. Of course, if you don’t win your claim, you will not be charged.
Should you need to carry an appeal to the Federal Court level, you will need to pay your outside counsel their fees, as well as court fees, although court fees may be possibly be waived for financial hardship reasons.
Other Applying FAQs:
- Can Citizens Disability help with my application?
- Does this process take as long as I’ve heard about?
- Can I receive both Medicare and Social Security disability benefits?
- Do I receive compensation while I wait for my approval?
- If I am denied, should I reapply?
- How long does it take for an initial application to be decided?
- What happens during the reconsideration stage?
- At which stage do I require an advocate?
- Should I give medical updates to the disability authorities throughout the appeals processes?
- Are there any costs to me during the appeals process?