Caring for a child who is mentally or physically disabled can be a full-time job. Frequently, a parent cannot hold any other job or can only work part-time. In addition to being underemployed, the parent(s) must find a way to pay for medical bills, equipment, therapy and medication.
The Social Security Administration provides help for families with disabled children, but Supplemental Security Income benefits are not easy to get. You have to provide the SSA with substantial proof that your child is disabled and that you do not have much money and need help. Hiring an experienced disability attorney will greatly improve your chances of winning your claim.
How to Apply for SSI for a Child
You must fill out an Application for Supplemental Security Income, and a Child Disability Report. The ASSI documents that you have limited household income.
To prove you have limited income, you have to provide information about your household assets, including:
- Earned income
- Bank accounts
- Stocks and bonds
- Real estate
- Life insurance
- Any other asset you could convert to cash
On your child disability application, you must provide information about your child’s treatment and prognosis, including:
- Names and contact information of doctors who have treated your child in the year prior to applying for SSI
- All medical records for the child
- Prescribed medications your child is taking
- Child’s medical assistance number, if applicable
- Names and contact info of schools child attended for the past year
- Names and contact info of teachers, school psychologists, counselors, therapists
- Names of any social services programs that your child has participated in and social workers’ names and contact info
- Names and contact info of all caregivers for child, if applicable
- Child’s birth certificate and social security number
- Contact information for any employers the child has had
- Names and social security numbers for all household members
The above list is not all-inclusive. The more information you provide, the better. But it has to be the right kind of information. Applying for SSI child benefits is a job in itself. If you’re overwhelmed caring for your disabled child, you may need help to apply for benefits. Also, you could go through the entire grueling process and be turned down.
An Isaacs & Isaacs Disability Attorney Can Handle the Case for You
It’s challenging enough to care for a disabled child without going through the disheartening experience of finding time to gather the paperwork to get the financial support you so desperately need and then being turned down. Isaacs & Isaacs SSI disability attorneys do not get paid until and unless we win your claim.
It’s very hard to get approved for Social Security benefits for a child with a disability. Most applicants are turned down because children are overdiagnosed for certain disorders. You don’t want to be lumped into a group where the SSA does not believe your child is disabled.
When you consult an Isaacs & Isaacs disability attorney, you will get an honest assessment of your chances of being approved from somebody who has represented clients before the SSA. Also, we will help you gather the paperwork necessary to prove that your child is disabled and that your family needs financial help.
Appealing a Claim for Child SSI Benefits
If your claim has been turned down, you’ll need to appear at a hearing before an administrative law judge. Do not despair! Here’s where an experienced disability attorney can call witnesses to testify on behalf of your child. Also, your Isaacs & Isaacs disability attorney has experience with these claims and can help you to gather the evidence they are looking for to bring to the hearing.
If you’ve already applied on you own and you received a letter saying you’ve been turned down, contact an experienced Isaacs & Isaacs disability attorney immediately. You need to file your appeal before the deadline expires. At that point, you would have to start the entire process over again.
How Do I Pay a Lawyer to Represent Me?
Isaacs & Isaacs dedicated SSI disability attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. Once your claim is approved, you will receive back pay for the months preceding your claim approval. We take our fee as a reasonable percentage of your back pay. We don’t get paid until we get you your money.
Isaacs & Isaacs attorneys believe that Social Security Disability for kids is a vital lifeline for families who need help in order to stay home and provide the kind of care a disabled child desperately needs. Children are a treasure, and we are passionately committed to helping you to provide and care for your child in the very best way possible.
Call Isaacs & Isaacs any time at 800-800-8888, or fill out our online form for a free consultation with a caring and experienced Isaacs & Isaacs Social Security Disability lawyer. You do not have to face this alone, we are here for you and your family if you need our help.