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Possible Attorney Fee Increase In Social Security Disability Claims?

This news release from NOSSCR is certainly encouraging to all of us who practice Social Security disability law:

The user fee rises each year because it has an automatic Cost-of-Living-Adjustment.

The fee cap for fee agreements does not rise each year because it has no automatic Cost-of-Living-Adjustment. By statute, the Commissioner has the discretion, but not the mandate, to raise the fee cap. That has happened only once, in 2002, when Commissioner Barnhart raised the cap from $4,000 to $5,300.

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) has introduced legislation to address this issue. His bill, H.R. 7285, contains two provisions. First, the bill would increase the maximum fee in fee agreement cases to $6,264.50.
Second, the bill would establish a statutory annual COLA for the fee cap.

This Congress will be adjourning shortly. We anticipate that the bill will be re-introduced next year in the new Congress. At that time, it will be given a new number. We will of course keep you advised.

With best wishes from all of us here for very Happy Holidays!

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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