Applying for SSI Benefits for a Child
Are you applying for SSI benefits for your child? An Ocala disability lawyer guides you through the process and helps ease the process towards receiving benefits.
You will need to supply detailed information regarding the medical condition of your child and how this condition affects your child’s ability to function on a regular basis. Your attorney will need information from any or all of the following people who work with your child:
- Other professionals with information on your child’s condition
As for evidence, the Social Security Administration may inquire to receive any of the following:
- Medical records
- School records including but not limited to report cards, disciplinary and attendance records and evaluations
- The opinions, in writing, of your child’s doctors
You can speed up the process by submitting these records to the Social Security administration if you already have them.
If your child suffers from any of the following medical conditions, you may be eligible to receive SSI payments immediately and up to six months while your child’s case is being considered:
- Total blindness
- Total deafness
- HIV infection
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Low birth weight (below 2 pounds, 10 ounces)
- Severe mental retardation (for children age 7 or older)
If you receive SSI payments for any of these conditions but the agency decides that your child’s disability is not severe enough, you will not have to pay back the SSI payments your child has already received.
For more information regarding SSI cases, contact Ocala disability lawyer CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC at 352.304.5300.