Helping You Navigate Children’s SSI Claims
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal government program that provides financial benefits to people who are unable to work due to disabilities. Unlike its more well-known counterpart, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), this is a strictly need-based program that does not require recipients to have worked and paid into the system.
Does Your Disabled Child Qualify For SSI? Get The Counsel You Need Now.
Across Ohio, many disabled children whose families have limited income and assets are eligible for SSI benefits. Not all Social Security Disability lawyers offer their services to these children and families, but at Philip J. Fulton Law Office in Columbus, we are absolutely prepared to advise you on eligibility or represent you effectively in your appeal of an unjust SSI claim denial. We offer a free consultation with no obligation to hire our firm.
Determined Pursuit Of SSI Disability Benefits For Children
It is important to know that initial claim denials are common in children’s SSI cases, just as they are for adults who worked before becoming disabled. The essence of succeeding with your claim is presenting conclusive evidence that:
- Your child has a qualifying physical or mental disability – ranging from a low birth weight to asthma to a seizure disorder to a cognitive disability such as autism or bipolar disorder – that prevents him or her from being self-sufficient to the extent that other children are
- Your family’s income and assets fall within the strict limits held as standards by the Social Security Administration (SSA)
Our law firm is founded on integrity and compassion, and our track record of success extends across the spectrum of injured and disabled people across Ohio. When you turn to us for counsel, you can depend on personal attention to your case and treatment with compassion.
How Do You Get SSI Disability Benefits For A Disabled Child?
First, you must determine if your child is eligible according to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) guidelines. Their eligibility requirements include:
- Being diagnosed with a medical condition that yields significant functional limitations and could result in death
- The condition has lasted or could last for 12 consecutive months
Examples of eligible conditions include cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, blindness or a mental condition like autism spectrum disorder.
The SSA considers a person a child up to age 22 if they’re attending school regularly. They may not be married or be the head of a household.
If your child is eligible, the next step is to apply for SSI benefits.
How Can A Lawyer Help With The Application Process For SSI Benefits For A Child With A Disability?
More than half of SSI applications are initially rejected. With an attorney helping you prepare your application and guiding you through the complicated process, you have a better chance of getting approved the first time.
What Expenses Can SSI Benefits Cover For A Child?
SSI’s monthly benefits can help offset the cost of medical bills, medications, equipment, therapy and other expenses. These financial resources can make a big difference in getting children the care they need and alleviating the strain on families’ budgets.
What Happens When A Disabled Child Turns 18?
When children with disabilities turn 18, they must be reevaluated to continue receiving SSI benefits. The SSA has different eligibility requirements for adults, so they must undergo the redetermination process to ensure they meet those criteria. This is a separate process from the Continuing Disability Review (CDR) the SSA conducts about every three years in which they review medical records to ensure a child still meets the criteria for disability and is receiving the necessary treatment.
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You do not have to be concerned about upfront legal fees when you turn to our law firm for counsel on a children’s SSI claim or any other concern. Our experienced child disability lawyers will carefully evaluate your case and offer clear guidance. You will pay no attorney fees unless we pursue your case and obtain compensation that benefits your disabled child and family.