Applying for SSI benefits for a child

The Social Security Administration offers a clear definition of what it means to be a child with a disability. First, the child must have a mental or physical condition that limits his or her activities severely. Second, the condition must be fatal or last for at least a year or be expected to last for a year.

When applying for child social security benefits, a state agency will review the application and make a decision off the information provided. Among the information that must be submitted will be documents from the child's school, medical providers and other individuals who know the child. The agency may also request more information, including tests and examinations, if it requires the information to make its determination.

An interview will also occur. Before an interview for child disability, parents or guardians of the child will want to be familiar with the child's medical documents, school documents and other pieces of information. There will also be specific items the parents will want to bring with them to the interview based on what is requested by the state agency.

Minnesota parents who have children with special needs may want to consider applying for child SSI benefits. Such benefits can be helpful to make ends meet when paying for costly medical care and other services for the child. A lawyer can be immeasurably helpful when applying for these kinds of benefits as well. Indeed, even if an initial filing for SSI benefits has been denied, a lawyer may know how to solve any noted deficiencies to get the child the benefits he or she deserves.

Source: Social Security Administration, "What You Should Know Before You Apply for SSI Disability Benefits for a Child" Dec. 21, 2014

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