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Children's Disability

When you have a disabled child, the emotion and energy needed to care for them is huge yet is only one part of meeting their needs. The family and child need financial support, too. Doctor and therapy visits, home accommodations like ramps, special bathroom adjustments, medical devices like wheelchairs, breathing support, all cost money. Fortunately, while the Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict rules for receiving child disability benefits, Feldman Disability Law has the experience to guide you through the Children’s Disability application process.

According to the SSA, to be considered for child disability benefits, your child must:

  • Be under the age of 18
  • Have little or no money or other resources
  • Have a physical and/or mental condition(s) that very seriously limits their activities
  • Have a condition that “must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 1 year or result in death"

For some conditions, the process and payments happen more quickly because the situation is clearer. For instance, if your child has:

  • Total blindness
  • Total deafness
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Severe intellectual disability (child age 4 or older)
  • Symptomatic HIV infection
  • Birth weight below 2 pounds, 10 ounces

They may immediately qualify. Please know that for low birth weight, there are more qualifications that Social Security looks at, like the birth certificate information, how the baby does up to age 1, then up to age 3, and if the child meets the “failure to thrive” qualification. (More information can be found here in the SSA’s “Benefits for Children with Disabilities” flyer.)

What Else does Social Security Consider?

For Children’s Disability Benefits, SSA evaluates the family’s income and resources, too. The family must be financially eligible before Social Security will evaluate the medical issues in the case.

Please understand that while you apply for your child’s disability benefits through Social Security, your state agency is in charge of evaluating the application. They make the initial disability decisions.

You may need to give them more information from the child’s teachers, doctors, or other sources to help with the decision-making process. Sometimes they will want more tests or exams. If that happens, SSA pays for those – you should not need to pay out of pocket.

How can Feldman Disability Law help with Children’s Disability Claims?

Blair Feldman and her team guides you through the application and evaluation process. Like adult SSI and SSDI claims, details are crucial. Your application needs to be well-organized and responses to requests for more information need to happen quickly and efficiently.

Blair’s experience with disability benefit claims spans adults and children disability cases. Her compassion for the families and children she represents shines through in attention to each detail.

Contact Blair at Feldman Disability Law for more information on the best way to move forward with your child’s disability claim.