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Can children qualify for disability benefits?

Children are a source of infinite joy and infinite worry. Parents experience a new level of emotions when they welcome children into the world. In some situations, these little loved ones may develop a serious illness or suffer a catastrophic injury. In some cases, these children may qualify for benefits through Social Security.

When can children receive these benefits? The Social Security Administration (SSA) states that there are some situations where children can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. In order to qualify, a child must meet the agency's definition for disability for a child. This definition includes that the child has a physical or mental condition "that seriously limits his or her activities" and that the condition resulting in the disability "must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 1 year or result in death."

The agency will take more than just the child's disability into account when making its determination. The family's income and resources are also reviewed.

How does the process work? Generally, after an application is reviewed the family will undergo an interview. The interview involves a review of medical information such as the contact for any medical professionals the child sees as well as medical records and a list of medications.

How long does it take for the agency to make a determination? The agency states that it generally takes about three to five months for a decision.

Do I need an attorney? It is not uncommon for an application for social security disability benefits to get denied. Those who are putting together an initial application can increase the chances of success by hiring an attorney. Your lawyer can help to ensure the forms are filled out correctly and all needed information to support your claim is included.

In the event of a denial, an experienced social security disability benefits lawyer can help build an appeal, increasing the chances of a successful outcome. If Social Security disability benefits are not an option, other possibilities may exist. An attorney can discuss these options with you and help you find the best course of action for your situation.

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