Disability Benefits for Children
Children qualify only for SSI (supplemental security income,) since this is a needs-based program and not tied to previous work history. Having a qualified attorney can be instrumental in helping you secure benefits for a child. We have helped thousands of people with disabilities to secure benefits here at Disability Action Advocates. We fight for you every step of the way from the initial filing to hearing and appeals. We do not charge a fee until your case is won. You can call us for free and we will make an assessment of your situation and let you know if you have a case.
Criteria children must meet in order to qualify for SSI
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA):
Your child must meet all of the following requirements to be considered disabled and therefore eligible for SSI: The child must not be working and earning more than $1,010 a month in 2012. (This earnings amount usually changes every year.)...The child must have a physical or mental condition, or a combination of conditions, that results in “marked and severe functional limitations.” This means that the condition(s) must very seriously limit your child’s activities. The child’s condition(s) must have been disabling, or be expected to be disabling, for at least 12 months; or must be expected to result in death.
Can children qualify for SSD benefits?
SSI is funded from general taxes and not Social Security taxes so it is not connected to past work history. Rather, the SSA looks at available income and also if the medical condition meets their criteria for being disabled. For especially severe conditions, the SSA has a program called the compassionate allowance that will expedite the claim process.
It is true that a majority of claims get denied and the filing process can be very lengthy. Many people who have gotten approved have done so by having a representative work with them from the initial filing. At DAA, we make sure that your application is in order and we gather all needed medical records for you. In short, we fight for you and persist until we get results. Don't wait until you get denied.
Let us work with you from your initial filing. We strive to make the difference for you in getting your claim approved! Call (888) 421-8705 today to get started.