Personal Injuries: Basic Knowledge For You

Supplemental Security Income Benefits: Filing a Claim for Your Disabled Child

If you have a child under age 18 who has a physical or mental disability, he or she may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. To be eligible to apply, your child or you must have limited income and assets.

After you submit all the required documentation, the Social Security Administration will determine if your child meets its definition of disability. Therefore, when filling out the application forms and preparing for the disability interview, it's essential to follow the application steps carefully in addition to providing detailed and complete information about your child and his or her disability.

Basic Application Steps

Verify the Income Limits

Before initiating the application process to apply for Supplemental Security Income benefits for your child, contact your local Social Security office to find out if your income and any income your child may have falls within the limits Social Security allows. If your countable income does not exceed the allowable limit, the next step is to complete the Child Disability Report, which Social Security makes available online.

Schedule a Disability Interview

You must then contact your local Social Security office to schedule an appointment for a disability interview to complete your child's application. An interviewer will take the information by phone, or you can visit the office in person.

Provide Adequate and Detailed Information

Be thorough in the information you provide about your child's disabling illness or condition and how it affects your child performing age-appropriate daily activities, including school. Without adequate information to determine if your child is disabled, Social Security will deny the claim. To avoid problems, you can have a qualified person such as an attorney help you complete and file the necessary forms and supporting documentation.

Child Disability Report

When applying for Supplemental Security Income benefits for your disabled child, you must go online and complete the Child Disability Report. The Social Security Administration needs the information the form requests in order to help determine if your child is disabled and entitled to benefits.

The report asks for information relating to your child's illness or condition and how it affects or limits his or her ability to function. On it, you will state what kinds of activities your child needs help to complete.

After providing ALL the information the report requests, you must sign a form authorizing your child's doctors to release medical information pertaining to your child's disability. In cases for which you don't know the answers or the questions do not apply to your child, write "don't know" or "does not apply" in the blanks. Do not leave any questions unanswered.

Required Documentation

Along with a printout of the completed Child Disability Report, additional documents you should mail to your local Social Security office or take with you to the in-person interview include copies of your child's medical records, copies of your child's prescriptions or the medication containers, a copy of your child's Individualized Education Program plan if he or she has one, and a copy of your child's Individual Family Service Plan if he or she isn't yet 3 years old but has developmental delays that require early intervention services.

You also will need to provide the following information:

  • Original or certified copy of your child's birth certificate

  • Names and social security numbers for all household members

  • Proof of your and your child's income and assets

  • Contact information for any schools your child has attended in the last 12 months

  • Names and contact information for teachers, counselors, psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and behavioral therapists who have treated your child

The more evidence you provide supporting the claim, the better your child's chances of being approved for disability benefits. Speak with a Social Security attorney, like one from Gieg Law Offices, as soon as possible for further help.

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Personal Injuries: Basic Knowledge For You

I have worked as a legal office assistant for about 20 years. The office specializes in personal injury claims, and many clients are looking for settlements. I have great compassion for the individuals I see, and most people are looking for money to pay their bills. Unfortunately, insurance claims are difficult and clients often file the wrong paperwork. They don't see many doctors due to costs, and settlement offers are generally low. I know that lawyers can help to raise claims substantially. They know the law and they can offer advice to clients so good results are seen. I want you to learn some basic information about personal injuries, insurance settlements, and the general claims process. Your rights and needs are important, but it's difficult to secure a settlement if you know nothing about the law. Gain some knowledge today, so your personal injury decisions are the right ones.

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