Benefits for Children

Ordinarily, people receive disability benefits to replace any income that is lost by their inability to work. But what happens if a child is disabled? Disabled children need compensation to help pay for medical bills and the cost of treatment. Parents and families are not alone if they face financial strains because of a disabling injury. There are benefits available for parents of children with disabilities. Supplemental Security Income and Social Security disability pay benefits to children in certain situations, which are outlined on this page. The Coye Law Firm works for individuals and their families to help resolve a denied disability claim and get on the road to recovery.

Children's Disabilities

There are many disabilities that can limit a person's daily activities and functioning. Children can have disabilities that are usually found in adults, such as cardiovascular diseases or brain injuries. Some disabilities that children deal with include:
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Blindness
  • Deafness

Proving Disability

Any claim for disability benefits needs to show that the applicant's daily life is limited by their injury, condition, or illness. This is no different for children. In fact, it can be harder to prove some disabilities in children. For example, a child's concentration may be limited by their AD/HD. The person reviewing the application, however, may determine that there is another cause for their disability. 

Programs and Ages

Children under the age of 18 can get disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income program. They must meet the definition for disability and have parents who are living on limited income and resources. Adult children over the age of 18 can get benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI) if they have a severe disability that began before that age of 22. In this case, the child's parent needs to have worked long enough to be insured under Social Security and is receiving retirement, disability benefits, or is deceased. In both of these programs, the child cannot be doing "substantial" work. Additionally, their condition needs to have lasted or will last for at least 12 months or result in death. Claims for children's disability benefits are some of the hardest to get approved. If your child's essential disability benefits are not being paid or your application was never approved, you can appeal the decision. The Coye Law Firm is a compassionate, aggressive disability law firm that helps people and families recover financially from disabilities. Call our officetoday.