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Understanding Disability Benefits for Children
Posted in: Children on August 21st, 2013

Most Americans are already aware that Supplemental Security Income provides benefits for those with low incomes, disabilities, and for people who are 65 years of age or older. But did you know that children could qualify for disability benefits as well? If you’ve already received social security disability benefits and your child meets the requirements, he or she could receive disability benefits as well. Working with a social security disability lawyer will help you determine whether you and your child qualify.

Guidelines for Disability Benefits for Children

Whether the child is your biological or adopted child, stepchild, or grandchild dependent, disability benefits may be granted. If you’re already working with a social security disability lawyer for your own disability benefits, then be sure to discuss benefits for your child as well. To get disability benefits:

· Your child must be under 18 years old. The only exception is if your child is a full-time student – then he or she may receive disability benefits until age 19. However, if the child’s disability didn’t arise until after age 18, but before the age of 22, then he or she may still qualify. Working with a social security disability lawyer will help you better understand these nuances.

· Resources must be considered. Your family’s income and resources will be a determining factor in receiving disability benefits for your child, whether your child is at home or away at school. SSI has benchmarks for income and resources; if your family’s total earnings exceed those benchmarks, then disability benefits will be denied. However, a social security disability lawyer can help you determine these specifications to ensure that your child receives the benefits that he or she deserves.

· Your child must have a physical or mental condition. The process of achieving disability benefits for your child is difficult. SSI requirements are lengthy, extremely specific, and there are legal ramifications for falsifying or misrepresenting information. To ensure that you get the disability benefits your child deserves, consult with a social security disability lawyer to discuss SSI rules about disabilities and your child’s situation.

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