If their parent is receiving disability benefits:
Yes, when an adult has children under the age of 18, those children can also generally get monthly disability benefits based on their parent’s disability regardless of whether the child has any health problems. These benefits generally end when the child turns 18, but they can continue to age 19 if the child is still in high school.
However, if the child meets the definition of disability for adults, and his or her disability started before the age of 22, it is possible for the disabled child to continue receiving benefits even after they have turned 18.
What about the situation where a child has serious physical, mental, or developmental problems but the parent does not?
Can you get disability benefits for the child based on the child’s medical problems?
The short answer is yes. A parent or guardian can receive Supplemental Security Income, also called SSI benefits based on a child’s medical problems.
The Social Security Administration has to find that the child is blind or disabled according to special rules, and the parent or guardian also will have to meet financial eligibility criteria. If the parent’s income is too high, it can prevent the child from being eligible for SSI benefits.
The rules determining whether a child is disabled by their medical problems are complicated, and many times parents just give up when the Social Security Administration says that their child does not qualify as disabled.
However many attorneys, including us here at the Deuterman Law Group, take children’s SSI cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no fee unless we win the case. Contact us for a free evaluation of your child’s case to see if we can help.