When Children Qualify For Disability Benefits
The concepts of “children” and “disability benefits” do not normally go together in most people’s minds. However, the combination may be of vital interest to you if your son, daughter or grandchild lives with a disability and your family faces ongoing financial needs as a result. In fact, your child or grandchild may qualify for benefits through Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if certain criteria are met.
At KBAR Legal Services, LLP, we want to help you get the answers you need as well as complete the necessary application and/or appeals processes as painlessly as possible. From our law office in Carmel, we serve clients throughout the Indianapolis area and beyond. Our attorneys are ready to explain your child’s rights and walk you through the necessary steps with clarity and reassurance.
Examples Of Young People Who Are Eligible For Disability Programs
We encourage you to keep an open mind as you determine whether your child can receive disability benefits. Does any of the following descriptions resemble your young person’s circumstances?
- One of the child’s parents is retired or has a disability and qualifies for Social Security retirement benefits or SSD.
- A parent with a sufficient work history has died.
- A child has a disability such as autism or effects of cerebral palsy that results in “marked and severe functional limitations,” in the words of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and their income and resources (including those of family members whom they live with) meet a low enough threshold to qualify them for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
- An 18-year-old has been receiving disability benefits for any reason and is still in elementary or high school.
In some cases, a child must be under age 16 to qualify, and in others, under age 18 or 19 and still in elementary or high school. To review your child’s situation and potential eligibility for disability benefits, ask for an experienced attorney’s help. Our attorneys are ready to help you determine any source of support your child is eligible for on the basis of their disability or the disability or death of a parent.
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Especially if your child is disabled and over 18 or is approaching that age, you should be asking about the topic of disability benefits early to give yourselves time to apply and/or appeal effectively.