Disabled Child Benefits
Helping You Help Your Child
The pressures placed on families with disabled children are huge, and any help is always very welcome. If you have a disabled child under the age of 18, you can apply for Disabled Child Benefits.
Does My Child Qualify?
The cold reality is, no matter what disability your child has, Social Security will first determine whether or not there is financial need before even looking at your child’s medical records. A disabled child with two working parents, for example, may not be eligible for benefits – even though there is no question about his/her disability.
Our Social Security lawyers always recommend that you obtain a written SSI determination of how your financial situation has been assessed. This could help us see whether making financial changes may help us secure Disabled Child Benefits for you in the future.
How is My Child’s Disability Assessed?
Once you have proved financial need, Social Security will then examine your child’s medical condition. Unlike adults, where the legal standard of disability is measured against how well, if at all, you are able to work, a child’s assessment is function based. They will determine whether your child meets specific standards of disability, and if he or she has difficulty functioning in an age-appropriate way.
Disability claims involving children are always more complicated than with adults, because there is always debate about how well disabled children can function at school. Ask us any questions you may have, and we can help you through the whole process.
To find out if your child is eligible, please complete our Free Disability Evaluation.