An attorney seeking fees for representing a woman challenging her Social Security Disability benefits might get paid after all, after the U.S. Supreme Court today decided to hear his case.

Richard A. Culbertson alleged that the Social Security Act permits attorneys who win a case for a client to get part of the judgment for representation in court as well as before the Social Security Administration.

There is a circuit split on the issue. Three federal appeals courts hold that the act does allow payment for cases before the agency; three say payment is allowed only for representation in court....