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Social Security Disability for Children and Minors

By Matthew Golitko on May 05, 2015

A stethoscope and a gavelThe team at the law firm of Golitko & Daly has helped countless injured workers and their families following serious accidents or major illnesses. Serving the greater Indianapolis area, our lawyers can assist households with the litigation process as well as issues that involve Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). We'd like to focus right now on SSDI benefits going to children in a household.

About Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a type of benefit that is given to workers who suffer a significant injury or illness that affect their ability to perform various job duties. Certain requirements must be met to qualify for SSDI, and there is a list of qualifying conditions for SSDI that must be kept in mind as well. The latter is defined by an SSDI blue book, though it is possible for people to suffer from major illnesses and injuries not covered in the blue book to still receive SSDI benefits in certain cases.

Certain Members of Your Family May Qualify for Benefits as Well

With Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, it is possible for other members of household to receive benefits on your record. This includes:

  • Your spouse
  • Your divorced spouse
  • Your child

Is blood relation necessary for my child to receive SSDI benefits?

No.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may be given to a biological child, stepchild, or an adopted child.

Children and SSDI: Qualifications Based on Age

For your child to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, certain age-based issues must be considered.

The following applies for eligibility:

  • A child must be under the age of 18
  • A child must be 18 or 19 years old but a full-time student in high school; benefits end when the child graduates or two months after turning 19, whichever comes first
  • A child must be 18 or older and have a disability that was present before the age of 22

What is the maximum amount for a child's monthly benefit?

For qualifying family members, they can receive up to 50 percent of a your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) disability rate. Keep in mind, however, that there is a limit to how much your household can receive. This limit varies from family to family based on the number of eligible members in the household. In general, a household can at maximum receive 150 percent to 180 percent of the recipient's total SSDI benefit.

How Our Attorneys Can Help You and Your Child

Sometimes the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process can be challenging, and you or a member of your household may have questions about how the system works and what to do to receive your SSDI benefits. Having skilled attorneys assist and guide you through the process can help you avoid many headaches and ensure as few snags as possible. We will be here for you and your loved ones to help you in your time of need.

Speak with the Attorneys of Golitko & Daly

To learn more about your legal options when it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), it's important that you contact our work injury attorneys today. The law firm of Golitko & Daly will provide strong legal counsel and will fight diligently for you and your legal rights.

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