Children’s SSI

People are always surprised when I tell them that their child may be eligible for SSI if the child under 18 is disabled. The household income must be very low, though, in order for the child to receive SSI. The household must also have limited resources. The child must also not be gainfully employed.

In order for a child to be eligible for SSI he/she must either meet a listing or have an extreme impairment in one of the following areas or a marked impairment in two of the following areas:

Acquiring and Using Information

Attending and Completing Tasks

Interacting and Relating with Others

Moving About and Manipulating Objects

Caring for Yourself

Health and Physical Well Being

What does the above mean? Well, a listing is a description of a medical condition. If your child has the required symptoms of the listing then your child probably meets the listing and your child may be eligible for SSI-as long as the household income is low and the household has few resources. You can also show that your child’s symptoms are equal to the severity of the listing. Then your child may be eligible for SSI, up to age 18, as long as the household income is low and the household has few resources.

What does an extreme impairment mean for the second way to qualify for childhood SSI?  Well, it means that the child must have a severe impairment that very significantly interferes with the child’s overall abilities in that area.  In order to receive child SSI benefits you must show how the child has an extreme impairment in one area.

A marked impairment significantly interferes with the child’s overall abilities. In order to receive child SSI benefits you must show how the child has two or more marked impairments in the areas listed above.

You can do this by providing medical, psychological and school records. It is especially important to look at school records because they often conflict with other records that you may have. If this is the case then you must show why there is a discrepancy in the records. Child’s cases are not easy to win and I will have further postings to go into more detail on how to win child SSI cases.

If you need help call a New York Social Security attorney at 716-831-1111.

Please remember that this is just general information, and everyone’s situation is unique. This article should not be considered legal advice.