CHILD DISABILITY LAWYER
Depending on your child’s age and disability as well as your income level, your child may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. SSI is for children younger than 18 years of age. SSDI, also called a child’s benefit, is available for children over 18 and adults who were disabled before they reached 22 years of age. SSDI benefits are based on a parent’s Social Security earnings record. If you believe your child is eligible for SSI or SSDI benefits, contact a child disability lawyer by completing this form for a free case evaluation.
Supplemental Security Income
SSI is the same program that pays out to those who have low income and limited resources who are 65 years and older. A child who is under the age of 18 may also qualify if the child meets the conditions laid out by Social Security and if the child’s income and resources are below a certain amount. SSI payments are different for each state. Your child’s eligibility depends on several factors:
- The income and resources of any family members living in the same home as the child;
- Your child must live at home or reside away at school but return home and be under your control;
- The condition must limit the child’s activities – it must be disabling or expected to disable your child for at least 12 months or expected to result in death.
You will have to provide your child’s detailed medical information about the disabling condition and a statement as to how the condition prevents your child from performing daily activities. Additionally, you will need to get teachers, doctors, therapists, and other professionals to send information about your child to Social Security.
Determining Your Case
Once we have put a case together and sent it to Social Security, the agency sends it to the Disability Determination Services office. There, staff and doctors will review your child’s case and request school and medical records. If the office is unable to make a decision, it may request that you take your child for a medical examination, which is paid for by Social Security. Determinations can take up to five months.
If your child has certain medical conditions, SSI payments are made right away. They will continue for up to six months while the office decides whether your child’s disability qualifies. These conditions include:
- Severe intellectual disability in children over four years of age;
- Muscular dystrophy;
- Total blindness;
- Cerebral palsy;
- Total deafness;
- Symptomatic HIV infection;
- Down syndrome; or
- Birth weight below 2 pounds, 10 ounces.
Contact a Child Disability Lawyer
If your child has any of the conditions mentioned above or you believe your child is eligible for SSI, contact Morgan & Morgan. We understand what you’re going through and want to be on your side every step of the way through these trying times. Our attorneys treat clients like family, ensuring the best possible service. Discover what we can do for you – contact a child disability lawyer by completing this form for a free case evaluation.