Helping With Social Security Disability Claims For Children
If your child has a physical or mental condition, or combination of conditions, that results in marked, severe or extreme functional limitations, he or she may be eligible for child disability benefits within the Social Security system. One qualification is the condition must have lasted or be expected to last at least 12 months – or the condition must be expected to result in death. The children’s program is need-based and family income is a key factor in determining entitlement.
At the Burgess & Christensen, our lawyers understand the serious emotional, physical and financial hardships associated with children’s disabilities. Our law firm is dedicated to helping individuals – including children – obtain the benefits they deserve. Marietta children’s Social Security Disability firm has 30 years of experience handling children’s disability claims.
Children’s Developmental Progress
The Social Security program divides children by their age group to review and evaluate developmental progress. These age groups are:
As your child develops and ages, his or her progress can indicate severe disabilities. However, your child doesn’t have to suffer from a developmental defect to qualify for benefits. The following are examples of the conditions that may qualify your child for children’s disability benefits:
- Cerebral palsy
- Spina bifida
- Heart defects
- Low birth weight issues
- Seizure disorders
- Kidney and liver conditions
It is important to call our law firm to discuss your child’s condition. Additionally, as your child enters the school system it is important to save all documentation from teachers that address your child’s condition, side effects or special needs.
Reaching Age 18
When your child reaches age 18 it is important to consider Supplemental Security Income (SSI), even if your child did not qualify for children’s disability benefits due to economic factors. SSI provides benefits for those who do not have a work history but need financial and medical assistance. Additionally, an 18-year-old whose parent is deceased, disabled or retired may also qualify for SSDI based on the parent’s earnings record. We can evaluate your situation from every angle to determine the best course of action.
Free Evaluation of Your Case
Our office is located near the historic Marietta Square, with office hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.