SSI Information

Frequently asked questions on minor children that may be eligible for SSI

We urge you to contact the Law Center for Social Security Rights for a FREE CONSULTATION at 1-800-832-3471.

  1. Where can I get some help and guidance that will not be costly?
  2. If I think my child is eligible, what should I do first?
  3. How and where does a Parent or Guardian apply for child SSI benefits?
  4. If I start the claim myself, can I still contact the Law Center for Social Security Rights for free consultation?
  5. How Does a seriously disabled child qualify for SSI benefits?
  6. What are the non-medical requirements?
  7. Assuming the non-medical requirements are met, what are the disability standards for a child to qualify for SSI?
  8. What happens if the claim is approved?
  9. If my child is about to turn 18 are my family resources still considered?
  10. If I hire an attorney, how much does it cost?

1. Question: Where can I get some help and guidance that will not be costly?

Answer: Call The Law Center for Social Security Rights for a free phone consultation.

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2. Question: If I think my child is eligible, what should I do first?

Answer: Contact the Law Center for Social Security Rights for a free consultation. All of your questions will be answered, and if you decide that you wish to handle the claim yourself, at least through the initial decision, we will tell you how and where to start the claim. Or, if you wish, you may contact the Social Security Administration directly.

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3. Question: How and where does a Parent or Guardian apply for child SSI benefits?

Answer: The Social Security Administration is responsible for taking the application and deciding the claim. You may file by phone at 1-800-772-1213, in person at the nearest Social Security field office.

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4. Question: If I start the claim myself, can I still contact the Law Center for Social Security Rights for free consultation?

Answer: Yes, no one is ever refused a free consultation on a child’s claim even if the Center was not retained from the beginning. You may retain an attorney from the Center at any time up to the date of hearing.

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5. Question: How Does a seriously disabled child qualify for SSI benefits?

Answer: There are 2 parts that must be met. They are divided between the medical and the non-medical requirements.

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6. Question: What are the non-medical requirements?

Answer: Before the disability is even considered, you first must show that the child lives in a household with very limited income and resources. Each household is different, but as a general rule, if the family is receiving any State assistance such as food stamps, Medicaid, or any other welfare benefit, the non-medical requirements will be met. Even if the family is not receiving welfare, the child could still qualify for benefits if the household income is low. A case by case analysis must be made.

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7. Question: Assuming the non-medical requirements are met, what are the disability standards for a child to qualify for SSI?

Answer: The child must be suffering from a marked and severe medical condition that is expected to last more than 1 year. The Social Security Administration uses a set of specific medical standards that can automatically qualify a child. These standards do not cover all medical conditions, so again, each case must be looked at individually. Claims are allowed where the medical condition of the child is equivalent in severity to these standards. The Regulations are complex and an experienced attorney who specializes in this field should be consulted for an opinion.

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8. Question: What happens if the claim is approved?

Answer: The non-medical requirements are again reviewed to see if there has been any change in family circumstances or resources. The past-due amount, usually referred to as the under-payment, and the current monthly benefit, are then calculated.

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9. Question: If my child is about to turn 18, are family resources still considered?

Answer: No. Once a child turns 18, the family resources are no longer considered and your child, who is now considered an adult, may qualify for benefits independent of any assets or income his family may have, even if he is living in the same household. There are very complicated rules that govern this and it would be wise to call the Center for a free consultation on these issues.

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10. Question: If I hire an attorney, how much does it cost?

Answer: Most attorneys that specialize in this field, including our Law Center, accept these claims on a contingency basis. This means that we only charge a fee if the claim is successful and benefits are paid. Fees are regulated by Social Security and prior approval is required before an attorney can collect a fee. It is always wise to talk about fees with the attorney during your first conversation if you decide you want the assistance of an experienced lawyer.

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