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Children Are Eligible For Disability Benefits

Parents often worry about being able to financially support the needs of their children. This burden is magnified when the child is suffering from a severe disability – blindness, deafness, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or other disability – and requires considerably more attention and resources. In fact, in many situations, a parent supporting a special needs child may be incapable of working due to the daily care needs of the child.

Special needs children may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits – benefits that can enable a parent to provide for the ongoing financial and medical needs of the child. However, due to unfamiliarity with government programs, many parents are unaware of the benefits the child is eligible to receive and other parents simply do not know how to obtain disability benefits for their children. Talk to our Harrisburg attorneys at Turner & O’Connell, Attorneys at Law about disability benefits for children.

Helping You Understand Social Security Disability Benefits For Children

While the Social Security disability insurance program provides income benefits to disabled adults who cannot work, disabled children are usually not eligible to receive benefits under this program. However, certain classifications of disability may make a child medically eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. SSI is a government program that provides income benefits to applicants who are blind, disabled or over 65, who are income-eligible. Children who are approved for SSI benefits may also be entitled to receive medical benefits through Medicaid.

Some of the disabilities that make a child medically eligible for SSI benefits include:

  • Deafness or blindness
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Severe mental retardation
  • Down syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Other types of disability

Additionally, the Social Security Administration may determine a child is medically eligible for SSI benefits after a thorough review of other impairments, including growth impairment, speech or sensory impairment, musculoskeletal impairment, neurological impairment and other categories of impairment.

Medical eligibility is one of the most difficult aspects of your child’s disability application. It is important to have an experienced and dedicated lawyer with a thorough understanding of the rules and procedures to guide you through the process and help your child obtain the benefits he or she is entitled.

Learn more about SSI and the programs that may be available to your child.

Let Us Do Your Worrying For You

Need help with your child’s SSI application or appeal? Our attorneys can answer your questions about SSI eligibility for your disabled child from application through appeal. To schedule a free consultation about Social Security disability payments with an experienced attorney, call our law firm at 717-232-4551 or send us an email.