Disability Benefits for Children

The children of beneficiaries of Social Security Disability often need additional support to help them complete school. To be eligible, the child must be the biological child, adopted child, or dependent stepchild. In some cases, children could be eligible for benefits on his or her grandparents’ earnings.

Requirements for Child to be Eligible

The child must have a parent who is disabled or retired and entitled to Social Security benefits. Another option is that the parent has died after working long enough in a job where he or she paid Social Security taxes. The child must be unmarried, under the age of 18, or 18 to 19 years old and a full-time student, or 18 or older and disabled.

Applying for Child’s Benefits

Depending on the type of benefit involved, particular documents pertaining to the situation will be required. For example, if survivor’s benefits are being applied for the parent’s death certificate will need to be furnished. Regardless of the case, the child’s birth certificate and parent’s and child’s Social Security number must be provided. The Social Security representative who handles to case will determine what specific or additional documents will be needed.

Disabled Children

A child who is disabled will continue to receive disability benefits at age 18. These childhood disability benefits can continue after the child turns 18 years old so long as the disability began before age 22.

An Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer Can Help

If you believe your child is being wrongly denied Social Security disability benefits, you need the support of an attorney who cares about justice. Contact the Indianapolis Social Security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 today.