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Chicago SSI for Kids FAQs

Chicago SSI for Kids FAQs
Could SSI benefits for a special needs child help your family? Get answers to common questions from Nash Disability Law.
Chicago SSI for Kids FAQs

Is my child eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

The Social Security Administration has several basic qualifications for childhood SSI disability benefits:

  • Your child must be under 18, or age 18 but not yet graduated from high school.
  • Your child must have “marked and severe functional limitations,” which means they are unable to function on the same level as other children the same age.
  • Your child’s impairment has lasted or is expected to last at least a year.
  • Your family is receiving state assistance, food stamps or Medicaid.
  • Your household income is under certain limits determined on a scale set by Social Security. Generally, you can earn up to $36,000 a year as a single parent.
  • In a two-parent household, both parents can earn together up to $44,000.

If you have questions about your child’s eligibility for childhood SSI benefits, contact Nash Disability Law today.

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How does Social Security decide if my child is disabled?

For the purposes of childhood SSI disability benefits, the Social Security Administration has a strict definition of “disabled”:

  • Your child has “marked and severe functional limitations,” which means they are unable to function on the same level as other children the same age.
  • Your child’s impairment has lasted or is expected to last at least a year.

At Nash Disability Law, we will evaluate your child’s situation for free.

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How does Social Security decide if my family financially qualifies for childhood SSI benefits?

These are the financial qualifications for families seeking Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits for a child:

  • Your family is receiving state assistance, food stamps or Medicaid.
  • Your household income is under certain limits determined on a scale set by Social Security. Generally, you can earn up to $36,000 a year as a single parent.
  • In a two-parent household, both parents can earn together up to $44,000.

At Nash Disability Law, we will evaluate your family’s situation for free.

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Can my child get SSI benefits and Medicaid?

If your family is awarded Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits for your child, you will likely be entitled to Medicaid coverage as soon as your entitlement to SSI begins.

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How long does it take for Social Security to make a decision about my child’s SSI claim?

It can take approximately six months to receive a decision on your childhood SSI initial application and another six months on reconsideration.

If your child’s application is denied on reconsideration, it can take an additional year and a half to obtain a decision as your claim works its way through the appeals process. For disability claims in general, as of early 2017, Social Security has a backlog of one million claims at the hearing level.

While Social Security used to have a focus on paying valid claims at the hearing level sooner, political pressure in recent years has caused the administration to put a magnifying glass on even the most obvious cases.

How much does it cost to hire an attorney for my child’s disability case? What if I can’t afford it?

Federal law regulates attorneys’ fees in childhood Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability cases. So, virtually every disability lawyer works on the same fee basis. The lawyer’s fee is 25% of the past due disability benefits you get, up to the statutory maximum.

There is no fee up front, and no fee unless you win. At Nash Disability Law, we’ll evaluate your case for free.

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Who decides if my child is disabled and eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits?

After your child’s SSI claim is filed, the case is sent to a disability examiner in the Social Security system. The examiner makes the initial decision on the claim.

Where is Nash Disability Law located? Do you offer telephone appointments for my child’s SSI claim?

We have three offices located throughout the Chicago area. We also offer telephone appointments. We encourage you to CONTACT US.

What can’t a lawyer do for me?

No lawyer can push around the federal government or change the law to your benefit. An experienced lawyer, like the disability lawyers at Nash Disability Law, can make the Social Security system work for you and can make the difference between winning and losing your case.

Will my child receive medical insurance?

If your family is awarded Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits for your child, you will likely be entitled to Medicaid coverage as soon as your entitlement to SSI begins.

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I’m interested in talking with Nash Disability Law about my child’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim. What should I do next?

Call Nash Disability Law today! Whether you’ve already begun the application process or are still thinking of applying, Nash Disability wants to help you. Our staff is happy to discuss the details of your disability claim no matter what stage of the process you are in. We encourage you to contact us.

DOWNTOWN: (312) 945-7567
PALOS HILLS: (708) 857-2244

Or, if you’d prefer, submit your contact info and we will follow up with you. Simply CLICK HERE and FILL OUT THE CONTACT US FORM and someone from our offices will contact you.

Why do I need a lawyer to help my family with a childhood Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim, and why should I hire Nash Disability Law?

Social Security statistics have shown that claimants who are represented by lawyers win more often than those who are not represented. Your best chance of winning your case against the government is to be represented by a lawyer.

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Social Security has many written and unwritten rules, and our experienced attorneys deal with them and the people who apply them every day. An attorney has a law degree with training in complex legal matters. An attorney is trained in preparing and presenting evidence, cross- examining witnesses and writing about your case. A non-attorney advocate does not have a law degree and is not trained in complex legal matters.

My child has a mental illness. Is she eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits?

Yes, mental illness is a frequently used basis for getting childhood SSI benefits.

Unfortunately, it’s still common for members of the public, or even family members, to fail to understand these issues.
At Nash Disability Law, we have a long history of understanding how the nuances and misimpressions associated with this issue affect a child’s ability to function on the same level as their peers.

The law firm has been very active over a period of many years in advocating for the rights of those affected by mental illness, including important issues of access to meaningful care without stigma.