Parents of disabled children in Florida face a lot of challenges. One of the major challenges is financial. Caring for a child with a disability can involve significant expenses for doctor and hospital visits, medication, therapy and rehabilitation. Health insurance may not cover these expenses in full, if at all.
Social Security Disability benefits can help parents cover these expenses. Unfortunately, many parents do not realize their child may qualify for SSD benefits.
Supplemental Security Income is available for families with children suffering from severe mental, physical or social disabilities. Eligibility depends on the severity of the disability, as well as the family's household income. Disabilities for which benefits may be recovered include learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD, seizures and autism. Severe physical disabilities resulting from injuries sustained in an accident may qualify for SSI. Developmental disabilities, deafness, blindness, diabetes and mental disorders can also qualify.
The Social Security Administration will approve SSD benefits for a disabled child if the disability causes "marked and extreme" difficulties in the child's ability to function. It is generally necessary to get documentation from the child's doctor confirming the disability meets this standard.
The information in this post is intended to be general in nature and should not be taken as specific legal advice. Our law firm can help you determine if your child will qualify for SSD benefits. If eligibility is possible, we can guide you through the application process and any appeals. You can visit our web page on childhood disability benefits for more information.