Indiana SSI for Disabled Child Lawyer
It is a common misconception that only seniors are eligible to receive Social Security benefits. Many people are unaware that individuals with severe disabilities also qualify. Even less commonly, disabled children can qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Disabled children might be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income from the government to help them live with their disabilities.
If you believe your child’s disability qualifies for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, but your claim was turned down, the Indiana Social Security lawyers from Hankey Marks & Crider, can help you to resolve any mistakes that you may have made in the application process and to pursue all appropriate appeals.
Contact us at (317) 634-8565 to discuss your case with a qualified Social Security lawyer.
Qualifying for Childhood Disability Benefits
To qualify for childhood disability benefits, an individual must meet certain criteria. The following guidelines explain the rules governing childhood disability benefits:
- The individual must have a disability meeting the guidelines set forth by the Social Security Administration
- They must have developed or acquired their disability before reaching the age of 22
- They must have a parent who has died or who is currently receiving Social Security benefits
- The individual must not be able to perform job activities
It is important to understand that these benefits are different from child disability benefits, which are usually payable to the parents of a disabled child. Childhood disability benefits are for disabled adults whose condition has persisted since childhood.
While many disabilities can qualify a child for SSI benefits, the application and verification process can take several months to complete. However, there are some instances in which a child can begin receiving SSI benefits immediately for up to six months while the process is being completed. Your child might qualify for immediate benefits if he or she has:
- Complete Blindness
- Complete Deafness
- Debilitating Mental Retardation (if seven years old or older)
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Birth weight below two pounds, 10 ounces
- Muscular Dystrophy
If your child suffers from one of these conditions, we can help you to seek SSI payments immediately.
Contact us by calling (317) 634-8565.