A child with impairments can apply for benefits in a manner that is nearly identical to that of an adult. Although, there are a few variations in how the Social Security Administration (SSA) manages these instances. The SSA also takes into account different factors while evaluating an application for children with disability. There’s a significant probability that your child qualifies for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits from the Social Security Administration if they are disabled and impaired. Learn more about the benefits your child is entitled to.
Children who are disabled, or who have a physical or mental impairment that results in obvious and severe functional limits, are eligible for SSI compensation. They must also meet the income cap requirements for SSI payments, be under the age of 18, or be under the age of 22.
A child is assumed to have a disability by the Social Security Administration if their medical condition is listed on the list of impairments.
It’s important to note that there is no age restriction for receiving SSI benefits. A child may be qualified for SSI benefits if they are born with a disability.
Reach out to a lawyer today to get help in demonstrating the medical issue and how it affects your child’s growth, development, and functionality, an attorney compiles information from your child’s school, doctors, therapists, counselors, and other experts.
What qualifies as a disability?
For your child to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, they must match the SSA’s definition of a disability. The Social Security Administration enforces its own definition, which may be different from that of other organizations and government programs, similar to how it does for adults.
Medical conditions will qualify as a disability if the child has a physical or mental impairment verifiable by a doctor. Moreover, the condition should cause pronounced and severe functional impairments. Additionally, the condition is anticipated to continue or has persisted for at least a year. Finally, there must be a chance of the condition resulting in death.
What is a representative payee?
A representative payee, usually a parent, receives disability payments. The representative payee is in charge of using the funds to cover the child’s immediate expenses and reserving any extra funds for the future. The representative payee is additionally required to document all financial transactions.
If you require assistance, contact a lawyer right now. The lawyer can assist you in organizing your accounting to meet government reporting requirements and in taking actions to safeguard your child’s financial interests.