Disability Benefits for Adults Disabled since Childhood

The Social Security Administration treats individuals who suffer a disabling injury or illness before the age of 22 in a special manner. Because these individuals are typically unable to work and earn the work credits necessary to qualify for disability benefits on their own, they may be eligible to receive benefits through their parents’ work record. Thus, these are sometimes called adult “child” benefits.

If you or someone you love developed a disability before the age of 22 and is now unable to work as an adult, you may be able to secure Social Security disability insurance through your parents. To learn more about your legal options, contact a knowledgeable Indianapolis Social Security disability attorney of the Hankey Law Office, today at (800) 520-3633.

Individuals Who Qualify

Although Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) eligibility is commonly associated with your earning record, it is not necessary for an adult disabled since childhood to have ever worked because benefits are paid based on the parents’ earnings records.  However, to qualify for SSDI, the adult “child” must meet the following requirements:

  • Disabled since before the age of 22
  • Disability meets the definition of an adult disability
  • Parent is either retired or disabled and drawing Social Security, or deceased after earning a sufficient amount of work credits

Although these requirements seem straightforward, it can still be difficult to secure approval from the Social Security Administration for the SSDI benefits you may deserve.

Speak with an Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer

If you or a loved one is unable to work due to a disability suffered before the age of 22, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits as an adult “child.” Contact a dedicated Indianapolis Social Security disability attorney of the Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633 for help with the application process.