Pursuing Disability Claims for Children
If your child has a disability that seriously impacts his or her ability to function, you may want to consider applying for Children's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to help you provide your child with care and support.
At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, we assist parents in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, and throughout western, central and upstate New York with SSI benefit claims on behalf of their children. Contact us to set up a free consultation with an experienced disability benefits lawyer.
Understanding Who Is Entitled to SSI Child Benefits
The Supplemental Security Income program provides disability benefits for children who have medical, mental, or emotional problems that seriously impact their ability to function.
Unlike adult disability benefits, SSI for children is not based on the applicant's inability to work. Instead, it is based on how the child's medical impairment affects his or her:
- Cognitive abilities
- Emotional stability
- Socialization skills
- Physical functioning
- Ability to take care of personal needs
Our attorneys are experienced at evaluating children's circumstances to determine whether they may be eligible for SSI benefits. If you appear to be eligible, we will guide you through the application process and any appeals that may be necessary if the benefits are denied.
Evaluating Your Income to Determine Your Child's Eligibility
SSI is available for all children regardless of whether their parents have paid enough Social Security taxes to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) insurance benefits. The income earned by a child's parents can impact eligibility, but the guidelines are more liberal than they are for adult SSI claims.
To discuss whether your child is eligible for SSI benefits and, if so, what our attorneys can do to guide you through the process and pursue a fair outcome, contact us today.