• Report: #157294

Complaint Review: Disability Group

  • Submitted: Fri, September 16, 2005
  • Updated: Sat, December 22, 2007

  • Reported By:Bakersfield California
Disability Group
2530 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200, Santa Monica, California U.S.A.
  • Phone: 310-829-5100
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  • Category: Lawyers

Disabilitygroup.com, Disability Group Ripoff Took $2852 four months after they were terminated for failure to represent my case correctly. Santa Monica, CA California

*Author of original report: Disabilitygroup.com - Consulted by CA Bar and Pays-Up

*UPDATE Employee: Social Security Fee Regulations

*UPDATE Employee: Social Security Fee Regulations

*UPDATE Employee: Social Security Fee Regulations

*UPDATE Employee: Social Security Fee Regulations

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The Disability Group, has taken $2852.50, 4 months after a case that they were terminated from, due to failure to represent correctly.

I contacted the Disability Group 9/16/2005 to recover my funds just to be told that they are considering taking $1200 for their time, from what I understood they only get paid if they win the case, not if they are terminated and the representative wins the case on his own.

On March 1st I informed the Disability Group of the following:

Subject: Termination of Services

To whom it may concern,
I wish to terminate your services regarding my Social Security case for the following reasons:

1. I returned the paper work to be submitted to the SSA through your law group at the end of August dated 8/22/04.
I've have been contacted by two representative since that time requesting the same information that I have already submitted.

2. The SSA informed me that they did not receive the SS application until the end of November.

3. When the SSA received the application it stated that I am presently working for my former employer which is not the case.

4. I've contacted your office in January of this year to inform you that the SSA request a SSA-821 form, which they still as yet have not received from you office.

5. The SSA office here in Bakersfield have sent me the required paper work due to the fact that your law group has not complied with their recent request for the requested paper work.

Since it has become quite apparent that there seems to be a problem within your law group to file my case in a timely manner, and to process my case correctly and in a coordinated effort, I am requesting the termination of your services, since the task has fallen upon myself to expedite this process correctly.

Any concerns or questions in regards to this subject can be addressed through return email.

Sincerely Robert

Robert
Bakersfield, California
U.S.A.

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#1 Author of original report

Disabilitygroup.com - Consulted by CA Bar and Pays-Up

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

After more than two years and a number of letters and reports about this incident, I was advised to address this problem with the State Bar of California, it was an extremely slow process, but I must say it was worth the wait, all due to the persistance of justice by the Bar of CA.
I was notified by the CA Bar representative on or about the same day this month in Dec of 2007 that I had received a check with a letter from the Disability Group concluding the episode.
The payback was $2777.00, the difference reflected their efforts toward my case, and from what was explained as due compensation.
I GIVE MY THANKS THE BIG FINE WHEELS OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA, and to the Disability Group for their compliance..
You have all made my Xmas in 2007...
Sincerely Robert V.
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Social Security Fee Regulations

AUTHOR: Disability Group, Inc. - (U.S.A.)


The fees for social security cases are regulated by the Social Security Administration (SSA). No fee can be paid to any representative unless SSA approves that fee. SSA has a fee petition process in place for claimants to dispute the amount of fees paid to their representatives. The fee is either 25% of retroactive benefits or $5,300, whichever is less.

The value of an average social security claim is estimated by SSA to be $250,000 over the life of the claim. If the typical personal injury lawyer received this award for his client, the lawyer would retain a third, or about $83,000. SSA fee regulations are designed to prevent lawyers from gouging clients, while at the same time providing a fee that is at least reasonable enough to not preclude a claimant's possibility of ever obtaining legal representation.

The process of obtaining benefits from SSA is grueling, and extremely time consuming. It often takes 2 to 3 or more years. Disability Group bears all expenses for the entire life of the case. We pay in advance for medical records, and virtually not a single penny is paid to us unless we win the case. We provide a very valuable service to our clients, and most are so elated when they finally receive their benefits that they are happy for us to be paid.

Robert retained our services in July of 2006. We received his notice terminating our services on March 4, 2007. Within that 8-month period, we performed a significant amount of work on his behalf.

We maintain contemporaneous electronic records of all contacts with SSA, our clients and their medical providers, as well as any other contacts, forms, procedures, administrative actions, or documents drafted and submitted. The electronic record in Robert's case reflects a great deal of time and effort expended on his behalf.

On March 9, 2007, we notified Robert, in writing, that we had received his termination notice. We also submitted proper notice to the SSA, informing them Robert terminated our services, and requested that they determine whether we were entitled to any fees. No fee can be awarded unless the claimant wins. And for SSA to award a fee is an indication that the representative played a part in winning the case.

Robert was in fact awarded benefits. He received a lump sum back payment, and will continue to receive a monthly check from the US Treasury for the rest of his life. At no time were we in possession of Robert's funds. SSA determined that we were entitled to a fee. In accordance with their regulations, SSA deducted the amount they thought we deserved from Robert's retroactive pay and sent it to us directly. The fee we received, after an administrative reduction SSA imposed for processing payment, was $2,777.
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#3 UPDATE Employee

Social Security Fee Regulations

AUTHOR: Disability Group, Inc. - (U.S.A.)


The fees for social security cases are regulated by the Social Security Administration (SSA). No fee can be paid to any representative unless SSA approves that fee. SSA has a fee petition process in place for claimants to dispute the amount of fees paid to their representatives. The fee is either 25% of retroactive benefits or $5,300, whichever is less.

The value of an average social security claim is estimated by SSA to be $250,000 over the life of the claim. If the typical personal injury lawyer received this award for his client, the lawyer would retain a third, or about $83,000. SSA fee regulations are designed to prevent lawyers from gouging clients, while at the same time providing a fee that is at least reasonable enough to not preclude a claimant's possibility of ever obtaining legal representation.

The process of obtaining benefits from SSA is grueling, and extremely time consuming. It often takes 2 to 3 or more years. Disability Group bears all expenses for the entire life of the case. We pay in advance for medical records, and virtually not a single penny is paid to us unless we win the case. We provide a very valuable service to our clients, and most are so elated when they finally receive their benefits that they are happy for us to be paid.

Robert retained our services in July of 2006. We received his notice terminating our services on March 4, 2007. Within that 8-month period, we performed a significant amount of work on his behalf.

We maintain contemporaneous electronic records of all contacts with SSA, our clients and their medical providers, as well as any other contacts, forms, procedures, administrative actions, or documents drafted and submitted. The electronic record in Robert's case reflects a great deal of time and effort expended on his behalf.

On March 9, 2007, we notified Robert, in writing, that we had received his termination notice. We also submitted proper notice to the SSA, informing them Robert terminated our services, and requested that they determine whether we were entitled to any fees. No fee can be awarded unless the claimant wins. And for SSA to award a fee is an indication that the representative played a part in winning the case.

Robert was in fact awarded benefits. He received a lump sum back payment, and will continue to receive a monthly check from the US Treasury for the rest of his life. At no time were we in possession of Robert's funds. SSA determined that we were entitled to a fee. In accordance with their regulations, SSA deducted the amount they thought we deserved from Robert's retroactive pay and sent it to us directly. The fee we received, after an administrative reduction SSA imposed for processing payment, was $2,777.
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#4 UPDATE Employee

Social Security Fee Regulations

AUTHOR: Disability Group, Inc. - (U.S.A.)


The fees for social security cases are regulated by the Social Security Administration (SSA). No fee can be paid to any representative unless SSA approves that fee. SSA has a fee petition process in place for claimants to dispute the amount of fees paid to their representatives. The fee is either 25% of retroactive benefits or $5,300, whichever is less.

The value of an average social security claim is estimated by SSA to be $250,000 over the life of the claim. If the typical personal injury lawyer received this award for his client, the lawyer would retain a third, or about $83,000. SSA fee regulations are designed to prevent lawyers from gouging clients, while at the same time providing a fee that is at least reasonable enough to not preclude a claimant's possibility of ever obtaining legal representation.

The process of obtaining benefits from SSA is grueling, and extremely time consuming. It often takes 2 to 3 or more years. Disability Group bears all expenses for the entire life of the case. We pay in advance for medical records, and virtually not a single penny is paid to us unless we win the case. We provide a very valuable service to our clients, and most are so elated when they finally receive their benefits that they are happy for us to be paid.

Robert retained our services in July of 2006. We received his notice terminating our services on March 4, 2007. Within that 8-month period, we performed a significant amount of work on his behalf.

We maintain contemporaneous electronic records of all contacts with SSA, our clients and their medical providers, as well as any other contacts, forms, procedures, administrative actions, or documents drafted and submitted. The electronic record in Robert's case reflects a great deal of time and effort expended on his behalf.

On March 9, 2007, we notified Robert, in writing, that we had received his termination notice. We also submitted proper notice to the SSA, informing them Robert terminated our services, and requested that they determine whether we were entitled to any fees. No fee can be awarded unless the claimant wins. And for SSA to award a fee is an indication that the representative played a part in winning the case.

Robert was in fact awarded benefits. He received a lump sum back payment, and will continue to receive a monthly check from the US Treasury for the rest of his life. At no time were we in possession of Robert's funds. SSA determined that we were entitled to a fee. In accordance with their regulations, SSA deducted the amount they thought we deserved from Robert's retroactive pay and sent it to us directly. The fee we received, after an administrative reduction SSA imposed for processing payment, was $2,777.
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#5 UPDATE Employee

Social Security Fee Regulations

AUTHOR: Disability Group, Inc. - (U.S.A.)


The fees for social security cases are regulated by the Social Security Administration (SSA). No fee can be paid to any representative unless SSA approves that fee. SSA has a fee petition process in place for claimants to dispute the amount of fees paid to their representatives. The fee is either 25% of retroactive benefits or $5,300, whichever is less.

The value of an average social security claim is estimated by SSA to be $250,000 over the life of the claim. If the typical personal injury lawyer received this award for his client, the lawyer would retain a third, or about $83,000. SSA fee regulations are designed to prevent lawyers from gouging clients, while at the same time providing a fee that is at least reasonable enough to not preclude a claimant's possibility of ever obtaining legal representation.

The process of obtaining benefits from SSA is grueling, and extremely time consuming. It often takes 2 to 3 or more years. Disability Group bears all expenses for the entire life of the case. We pay in advance for medical records, and virtually not a single penny is paid to us unless we win the case. We provide a very valuable service to our clients, and most are so elated when they finally receive their benefits that they are happy for us to be paid.

Robert retained our services in July of 2006. We received his notice terminating our services on March 4, 2007. Within that 8-month period, we performed a significant amount of work on his behalf.

We maintain contemporaneous electronic records of all contacts with SSA, our clients and their medical providers, as well as any other contacts, forms, procedures, administrative actions, or documents drafted and submitted. The electronic record in Robert's case reflects a great deal of time and effort expended on his behalf.

On March 9, 2007, we notified Robert, in writing, that we had received his termination notice. We also submitted proper notice to the SSA, informing them Robert terminated our services, and requested that they determine whether we were entitled to any fees. No fee can be awarded unless the claimant wins. And for SSA to award a fee is an indication that the representative played a part in winning the case.

Robert was in fact awarded benefits. He received a lump sum back payment, and will continue to receive a monthly check from the US Treasury for the rest of his life. At no time were we in possession of Robert's funds. SSA determined that we were entitled to a fee. In accordance with their regulations, SSA deducted the amount they thought we deserved from Robert's retroactive pay and sent it to us directly. The fee we received, after an administrative reduction SSA imposed for processing payment, was $2,777.
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