If you are a parent and your child suffers from either a physical or emotional disability, you may be able to pursue Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help provide for your child’s basic needs.
At the Law Offices of Tony Farmer & John Dreiser, we bring together years of experience helping families in Knoxville and throughout Tennessee understand their options for pursuing compensation and benefits through SSD and SSI benefits.
Understanding what the SSA is looking for
For parents pursuing SSI benefits for their children, navigating the SSA’s application processes can be incredibly confusing. There are numerous criteria the SSA looks at when assessing need and determining whether or not to award benefits. As your lawyers, we can help you:
- Prepare for SSA interviews with your family and relations
- Gathering information and completing questionnaires from your child’s teachers or care givers
- Gather medical records and other pertinent information from physicians and other care providers
- Properly document your child’s treatments (including psychological treatments and therapy)
When it comes to SSI benefits, there are income thresholds parents must meet in order to qualify for benefits. According to the SSA, a one parent household with only one child who is eligible for benefits must have a gross monthly income below $3,057 and a two-parent household must have a gross monthly income below $3,791. Of course, there are other factors that need to be considered that your attorney can explain as they pertain to your specific situation.
Working with an attorney can help your chances of obtaining benefits
We encourage you to work with a lawyer when pursuing SSI benefits for your kids. Rather than try to navigate the process on your own, your attorney can make sure you have the resources and representation you need.