Children's DisabilitiesThere 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:
Proving DisabilityAny 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.