Children’s benefits are obtained through Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, if the child has the financial and medical need for benefits. Your Ocala Social Security disability benefits attorney can explain both the medical and non-medical requirements listed below in more detail.
The term disabled is more restrictive for children under 18 than for adults. The child must have “marked and severe functional limitations” expected to “cause death or that has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve months.” A doctor’s opinion that the child is disabled is not enough for a finding of disability.
In addition to the strict medical requirements for disability, there are also income and asset requirements that must be met by the childs’ parents in order for a child to qualify for disability benefits. Regardless of whether the child meets the medical requirements, he will not qualify for disability benefits if the non-medical requirements are not met.
A child with a severe impairment can be especially disheartening. A knowledgeable Ocala Social Security disability lawyer can help you to ensure that your child receives the benefits to which he is entitled. For more information about the CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC, call their offices today at 352.304.5300.