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Pennsylvania Disabled Children: Facts on Social Security Benefits


We live in an era where meeting financial obligations each month, for many families, continues to be more difficult. Families that have a disabled child have even more of a need for additional finances. Parents of a disabled child should know that if their child meets Social Security’s definition of disability for children, that child may qualify for Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI). Social Security has a very strict definition of disability for children:

  • The child must have a physical or mental condition(s) that very seriously limits his or her activities.
  • Also the condition(s) must have lasted at least one year or result in death.

Your child must meet a series of requirements in order to be considered for benefits. If he or she were earning more than $1,040 per month in 2013, the child would not be considered disabled.  The condition of the child must be marked with severe functional limitations. That means the child’s condition must very seriously limit their activities. Also your child’s condition must have been disabling for, at the very least, 12 months, or the condition unfortunately must result in death. If these criteria were met, then your child would be considered disabled.

As a parent, when applying for Social Security Income, you must provide detailed information about your child’s medical condition and how it affects them on a daily basis. Also, you must give permission for your child’s teachers, therapists, and doctors to send Social Security what they know concerning your child’s condition.

If your child qualifies for disability benefits, Social Security will follow up on your child’s medical condition at least every three years for a child younger than 18 whose condition may be expected to improve. If you have a child that you feel qualifies for Supplemental Social Security Income and have questions, the Social Security attorneys at MMK Law will be more then happy to answer them. Please feel free to contact us today at our Philadelphia office by calling 215-545-1870, or our Allentown office at 610-366-1414. Of course, you can call us toll-free at 1-888-807-9675.

Category: Social Security

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