Are Children Eligible To Receive Disability Benefits?

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Do you have a child under the age of 18 who has become disabled? Are you wondering whether he or she is eligible to seek disability benefits? Most working individuals contribute to the Social Security disability insurance program each and every time they are paid. Benefits, should an individual become permanently disabled, are based on how many qualifying hours a person has worked and how much he or she has paid in Social Security taxes. As your child has not likely contributed to this program, he or she will not be able to seek this type of disability benefits. This does not mean no benefits are available.

Disability benefits can be pursued through another Social Security program, the Supplemental Security Income disability program. This program does offer disability benefits to children. As long as your child falls within the Social Security Administration's definition of disabled as it applies to children, and providing you and your child meets all of the other disability qualifications, he or she may be eligible to receive SSI disability benefits.

Here are examples of disabilities which could make a child eligible to receive benefits through the Social Security Administration:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Severe heart condition
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • HIV
  • Blindness
  • Deafness

If you are interested in pursuing disability benefits for your child, a Tampa disability lawyer from our firm will be more than happy to review your child's case and advise you as to whether he or she meets eligibility requirements.

Our founding attorneys each have more than 25 years legal experience. When you retain our services you will be getting more than five decades of experience on your side. We treat all our clients with the compassion and respect they deserve, as we understand how difficult these types of situations can become. You want to do what is best for your child and we are here to give you the legal support you require. Call Harris & Riviere, Attorneys at Law immediately to schedule your free initial consultation.