If you are the parent, guardian or representative of a child under the age of 18, trying to get benefits for children with disabilities can be stressful and you may be unsure about where to begin. When applying for Social Security disability benefits for a child, your overall family income as well as other resources are taken into consideration. When it comes to getting benefits for children with disabilities, here are some points to consider:
Upon submission of your application, you will be asked to provide personal information such as medical records, school records as well as a list of people close to your child (teachers, therapists, etc.). All information about your child’s disability will be reviewed by state agency doctors and staff, who will decide whether or not your child is disabled.
You will be denied if:
The child earns more than $1,070 per month working
The child’s physical or mental conditions do not seriously limit the child’s activities
The child has not been/will not be disabled for at least 12 months, or the disability is expected to result in death
There are certain situations where you don’t necessarily have to wait until your application goes through the entire process. Some conditions may be eligible for immediate payments, even while your SSI case is still pending. These conditions include:
Total blindness or deafness
Severe Intellectual Disorder, if the child is at least seven years old
Birth weight under 2 lbs, 10 oz
If the state determines that your child’s condition is not severe enough for SSI benefits after you have already received payments, you will not have to pay back any of the money you received.
At Grech Law Firm, we don’t get paid until you get the results you’re looking for. Our Social Security disability lawyers specialize in both SSI and SSD. From application to appeal, we are by your side every step of the way. Call 586-203-3125 to get started or schedule a free consultation today to get the benefits your child deserves.