When your child lives with a disability, both you and your child find yourself working twice as hard for less. If you need help shouldering the burden of medical bills and the costs of living, it can seem like you have no place to turn. But there is hope.
Our Chicago Lawyers Help You And Your Children
At Nash Disability Law, our lawyers are focused on getting to know you and your child’s specific needs. Our team has the experience of over three decades and thousands of cases to help your child file and get the SSI benefits you both need and deserve. Our lawyers know the system at both the local and federal levels, and they’ll get the right piece of evidence, at the right time, to the right person, in the right way to successfully appeal your child’s denied claim.
Lawyers Explain Supplemental Security Income Eligibility For Children
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is designed for people who have not established a long enough work history to qualify for traditional SSDI benefits, such as children. In order to prove a child is disabled, a substantial amount of evidence is required. Not only medical records, but the Social Security Administration also reviews school records and reports to determine the child’s level of functioning.
There are two requirements that you and your child must meet to apply for disability for children.
You must meet the financial requirement:
- The child must live in a household with limited income and resources. Each household is different. But, as a general rule, if your family is receiving state assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, or any other welfare benefit, the financial requirement will be met.
- If you’re NOT receiving welfare benefit and are working, there’s a chart for household income. As a general rule, if you’re a single parent, and have an earned household income of $36,000 or less, the financial requirement will be met.
- If you’re a two-parent household and have an earned income of $44,000 or less, the financial requirement will be met.
And your child must meet the medical requirement:
- The child must have a “marked and severe” functional limitation. As defined, this limitation is one that severely interferes with the child’s ability to function at the level of other children the same age.
- The child has been disabled for 12 months, or has a disability that is expected to last 12 months, or the child’s disability is expected to result in death.