Childhood Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability
Childhood SSI Disability is a monthly payment to children with severe medical problems who are from families with limited income and financial resources. The income and resource limits vary by state. In Michigan, the 2012 limits for income and resources (not including the family home) are as follows:
- Family resources cannot exceed $2,000;
- Monthly unearned income cannot exceed $584 (for example gifts from family and/or friends);
- $1,213 maximum a month income from work by one or both parents (a non-residing parent’s wages and/or resources are not counted against a child qualifying for benefits, if the non-residing parent is not financially contributing to the well being of the child)
In addition to the resource and income of the family, a child must meet all of the following requirements to be considered eligible for SSI:
- The child must be under the age of 18;
- The child must have a physical or mental condition, or a combination of conditions, that results in “marked and severe functional limitations.” This means that the condition(s) must very seriously limit the child’s activities;
- The child’s condition(s) must have been disabling, or be expected to be disabling, for at least 12 months; or must be expected to result in death.
Determining if a Child’s Disability Medically Qualifies for Childhood SSI Benefits
The Social Security Administration uses a two step process to determine whether a child’s disability qualifies for Child SSI benefits:
1.) A child will qualify for childhood SSI benefits if the child’s disability falls under a set of regulations named the Listing of Impairments – Childhood Listings (“medical listings”). The medical listings provide a step by step process by for evaluating a child’s medical condition. If the child’s medical condition is listed within the medical listings and if the child’s symptoms meet each of the requirements of the relevant listing, then the child will be approved for Child SSI benefits. The medical listings are technical in nature and can be difficult to meet. If a child’s disability is not listed within the medical listings or does not satisfy the requirements of a given listing, then the evaluation process proceeds to a second step.
2.) In this step, the functional limitations a child faces are evaluated. The Social Security Administration evaluates six “functional domains”: (1) Acquiring and Using Information, (2) Attending and Completing Tasks, (3) Interacting and Relating with Others, (4) Moving About and Manipulating Objects, (5) Caring for Self, and (6) Health and Physical Well-being. To qualify for benefits, a child must be “markedly” impaired in at least two of these domains or “severely” impaired in one domain. A wide range of evidence can establish a disability. The documents which are most often relevant are: (1) school records (grade reports, IEPC reviews, attendance records, disciplinary write-ups, letters from teachers); (2) a child’s medical record (including an opinion letter from a child’s pediatrician, specialist or psychologist); and (3) written statements from relatives of a child who are familiar with the child’s medical 0condition.
- You assume no risk. If you are not approved for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, you will not pay us anything ever, not even our expenses. We guarantee it in writing with every client. Most other attorneys will charge for their expenses even if they do not qualify you for benefits.
- We have a proven track record. We use our skills and experience to maximize your likelihood of receiving Social Security Disability and SSI benefits.
- We work hard to resolve your disability case quickly. We attempt to get you approved as early as possible.
- We genuinely care what happens to our clients. We personally handle your case and we are attentive to your needs. We are not a large national disability mill than focuses on taking as many cases as possible and referring the cases to other firms or delegating primarily to non-attorneys. We are Michigan attorneys and we treat your case with the attention it requires to qualify you for benefits.
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