Monday, August 4, 2014

How to Know Child's Eligibility for Benefits

If your child is 18 years old and below and diagnosed with a disability, he or she may be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If approved, he or she may get monthly payments periodically adjusted to fit the cost of living. Note that these amounts vary by state.
First step of determining if your child qualifies is if the medical condition seriously limits him or her from performing regular activities. It's also important for the disability to have affected the child for one year minimum. After which, the state will assess the case for approval and look for validation if needed.
To speed up the process, it's best to bring additional records and evidence to prove your claim. If the state is still unable to make a decision, they might require your child to go under a series of tests.
If the child is entitled to work prior to application, his or her monthly earnings must not exceed $1,070 in 2014. Any higher will automatically regard him fit for self-support. If the child doesn't work and is still under the parents' responsibility, the family income will be the next basis. Getting approved can take three to five months and a favorable result isn't always guaranteed. This is why most seek help from social security disability attorneys to come up with a convincing claim.


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