In order to apply for SSI benefits for a child, you must complete an application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as well as a Child Disability Report. The report collects information about the disabling condition of the child and how the condition affects the ability of the child to function.
Social Security defines a disability for children as follows:
- The child must have a physical or mental condition(s) that very seriously limits activities of the child, and the condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 1 year or result in death.
- A state agency makes the disability decision after reviewing all of your information, including information from medical and school sources and other people who know about the child. If the state agency needs more information, the agency arranges an examination or test for the child.
Children are eligible to receive SSI if they meet Social Security’s definition of disability for children and if their parents have little or no income or resources. The household income, resources, and other personal information about the family are considered in making the decision of whether to award SSI benefits to a disabled child.
It can take 3 to 5 months to decide on the disability claim of a child. Your best bet in securing benefits for your child is to contact a skilled disability attorney. It is important to keep the Social Security agency apprised of any changes in address or telephone number so that they can get in touch with you. A Social Security disability attorney can make sure that your forms are filled out properly and in a manner that give you the best chance to collect disability benefits for your child.
A Social Security attorney can help
If you have an experienced SSI lawyer from the Abbott Law Office fighting for your child, your child’s chances of receiving SSI are better. We are experienced with all aspects of Social Security and SSI laws and the claims process, from application through hearing. If your child has been denied SSI benefits, we know how to present the best possible case on your child’s behalf on appeal.