Children’s SSI Disability Cases

Children may be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits if they are found disabled by Social Security and the parents' income and resources are low enough.

In order to qualify, the individual must meet Social Security's definition of "child." To be considered a child, the individual:

  • Must be under 18 or under 22 and still be a student regularly attending secondary school
  • Must not be married or head of a household

In order to be found disabled, the child must have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which results in marked and severe functional limitations which have lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.

If your child has marked limitations in two of the following areas of functioning or extreme limitations in one of these areas, he or she may be found disabled:

  • Acquiring and using information
  • Attending and completing tasks
  • Interacting and relating with others
  • Moving about and manipulating objects
  • Caring for self
  • Health and physical well-being

Social Security will review medical records and statements from teachers, doctors, therapists and parents to determine whether your child has demonstrated limitations in one or another of these areas. Your child will be compared with other children his or her age to determine whether there are significant limitations or delays.

As with adult cases, you should not give up if you are denied on your initial application. Contact an attorney experienced in child cases and they will file an appeal on your behalf, assist in collecting the relevant information and present your case before an Administrative Law Judge.

If you win your claim, your child will receive monthly benefits as well as medical coverage.

This is a complex area of law and needs an experienced practitioner to develop the case properly. Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., is one of the few firms in the Pittsburgh area representing children seeking Social Security benefits.