What Social Security Disability Benefits are Available for Children?
When many people hear the term Social Security Disability Benefits, they tend to think of an adult, someone who is out of work for 12 months or more due to an illness or injury. But, children are also eligible for these benefits if they meet the requirements set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Let’s explore the benefits available for children from the SSA in today’s post so you have an understanding of what your child can receive if he or she suffers an injury or develops an illness.
Children and SSA Benefits
According to the SSA, a child is defined as someone who is not the head of a household, is not married, and is under the age of 18. A child could also be someone who is under the age of 22 who is still regularly attending school. In order for a child to be eligible for any benefits from the SSA, he or she must either be disabled or blind. Other requirements from the SSA include the following:
- There is no minimum age set forth by the SSA as a child could be eligible from birth
- Benefits could be available until the age of 18
- Benefits could be extended past age 18 if the child’s disability meets the definition of an adult disability
- The child can be eligible for benefits if their mental or visual impairments cause severe limitations
- The impairments will last for 12 continuous months or result in the death of the child
- If your child is blind, he or she automatically meets the requirements for benefits as a blind adult
How to Apply for Benefits for a Child
If you need to apply for benefits for your disabled or blind child, you will need to provide the SSA with the following information:
- The Social Security numbers for both of the child’s parents
- The child’s birth certificate
- The child’s Social Security number
- Evidence of a disability or declaration of blindness from a doctor
- Other documentation requested by the SSA
- Information about all of the doctors, therapists, and clinics that have treated the child within the last year
- List of medications the child is taking
- Copies of your child’s medical records
Make sure when applying for benefits that you are honest with all of your answers on the application. Even a little white lie can lead to the claim being denied. A lot of claims will be denied the first time they are filed, which is why it’s always important to consult with an attorney when obtaining benefits for a disabled child.
The Value of Benefits
The value of the benefits paid monthly to the family of the child will depend on the income of the child’s parents since the children do not usually have any income. Both parents will need to provide proof of their income to the SSA when applying for benefits for their child. This can be done by submitting pay stubs and copies of tax returns. The determination is made by the SSA based on the number of parents and children living in the home.
Differences in Social Security Benefits
There are two forms of benefits a child can receive from the SSA: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). SSI is for families with a limited income and not many resources and it pays monthly benefits to the family of a child with a disability. SSDI is also paid monthly to the family with a child who is disabled. SSDI is paid to the family who has a family member who worked the required time and paid into the system.
Have a Child with a Disability? Contact an Experienced Disability Attorney Today
Do you have a child who has been diagnosed with a disability? Has your child been declared legally blind? If so, it’s important for you to speak with an experienced disability attorney about your situation. Call the office of Walton Law, LLC at 251-455-5819 to schedule a consultation with an attorney today. We can help you file a claim for benefits with the SSA and recover compensation for your child’s medical expenses. We have offices located in Fairhope and Mobile to better serve our Alabama clients.