Parents of children with disabilities face a number of concerns – fears regarding the prognosis for their child’s condition, undergoing therapy and treatment for the underlying medical condition, and worries about how to pay for the necessary medical treatment. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration provides disability benefits for children with disabilities in some situations.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are available to individuals with low income and limited resources who are disabled, blind, or over the age of 65. If a child is younger than age 18, he or she meets the SSA’s definition of disability for children, and his or her income and resources is below the eligibility limits, the child is entitled to SSI benefits. SSI benefits vary from state to state. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may also be available for a disabled child based on his or her parent’s social security account.
How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits for Your Child
If your child is eligible to receive SSI or SSDI benefits, his or her parent may submit a claim application by calling the SSA at (312) 600-0000, visiting your local Social Security office, or seeking the help of a trained social security disability attorney. The SSA requires that specific information be provided with a social security disability claim application, including detailed medical information, and the knowledgeable Chicago child disability attorneys can help ensure that your child’s application is complete.
If your child is younger than age 18 and applying for SSI, you will also need to provide information showing your income and resources, as well as the income and resources of your child. A social security disability application must also include a detailed description of the ways in which your child’s disability affects his or her ability to function in daily life.
Disabled Child Support Benefits
If both you and your child are disabled, social security disability support benefits are available for minor children without consideration of their own disability. Adult children with a disability are also eligible for support benefits under their parent’s social security account if he or she had the disability before the age of 22 and he or she meets the definition of disability for adults.
Get the Help You Need
The Chicago social security disability benefits attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC understand that the disability process is incredibly confusing, particularly when social security benefits are sought on behalf of a child. Our skilled Chicago child disability attorneys have considerable experience helping parents of disabled children apply for and obtain the social security benefits to which they are entitled. We understand how confusing and overwhelming the social security disability process can be and we will guide you through the entire process – from reapplication and claims processing to preparing for an appeals hearing and obtaining family support benefits.