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Kids With Limited Means and Acute Disabilities May Be Eligible for SSI

Posted On Behalf of Schmidt Kramer Injury Lawyers on Dec 26, 2012 in Social Security Disability

Disabled children may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if they meet the Social Security Administration definition of disabled and have extremely limited financial resources. When Social Security decides whether to grant SSI benefits to a disabled child, all of the following must be true: 

  • The child must be under the age of 18.
  • The child must have a serious mental or physical condition (or a combination of conditions) that severely limits activities.
  • The impairment must be disabling and expected to last for at least a year or to result in the child’s death.
  • The child must be under parental control. This means that the child lives at home or at school (visiting on weekends or holidays).
  • The child must have extremely limited financial resources that do not exceed the threshold allowed by Social Security.
  • If the disabled child is working, he or she may not earn more than $1,010 per month in 2012. This limit may change every year. 

The Social Security Administration will determine if your child has a condition that meets or is functionally equivalent to one or more of the childhood impairment listings for at least 12 continuous months. If so, the SSA will find the child disabled and grant monthly SSI benefits. Unfortunately, Social Security denies many SSI cases initially. If you have been denied SSI benefits and need legal assistance with your appeal, contact a Carlisle Social Security Disability attorney at Schmidt Kramer. Our attorneys regularly help disabled people obtain the benefits they need and deserve. Contact us at 888-476-0807 for a free consultation.