Children who are qualified for SSI

Like many adults who are eligible to claim Social Security disability benefits, certain children with severe disabilities are also qualified for certain benefits from the Social Security Administration. In particular, a good number of children and their families qualify to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Parents whose children have disabilities may apply for SSI benefits for their children that can provide much-needed financial assistance. In fact, children might be actually qualified to start immediately receiving SSI benefits for six months while the application is still being processed if the child has already been diagnosed with severe disabilities.

In order to qualify for SSI benefits, a child must not be receiving over $1,040 in income from a job and must have a condition that is considered to be disabling for at least 1 year, according to 2013 regulations.

If you are in Indiana and in need of financial assistance because your child has a severe disability, discuss applying for SSI with a lawyer from the Hankey Law Office, P.C., by calling 317-634-8565.

Things to know before applying for child SSI disability benefits

Disabled children who live in a home with low or no income resources are able to get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits from birth until the age of 18. However, the process of getting these benefits can be difficult, which makes understanding the steps of the process important.

First, in order to apply a child must be deemed to have a severe physical or mental condition that hinders him or her from doing normal tasks. A state agency will scrutinize all the information available and may ask other people and sources who know the applicant in order to assess the extent of the disability.

The resources and income of the child’s family will then be assessed to determine if they are unable to adequately provide for the daily needs of the child. Those whose family has little or no source of income at all and meet the agency’s definition of disability are often awarded SSI. The agency will then send a letter, which could take 3-5 months, if an applicant is qualified for benefits.

If you have questions regarding disability benefits, including SSI for adults and children, get in touch with the legal team at the Hankey Law Office, P.C., by calling (800) 520-3633.