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Social Security Benefits for Children with Disabilities

Helping Families Across the Country

The process for applying for benefits for a child with disabilities is very similar to that of an adult. However, there are a few differences in the manner in which the Social Security Administration (SSA) handles these cases. In addition, the SSA considers different criteria when assessing an application submitted by an adult who has had a disability since childhood.

Established in 1986, Mike Murburg, P.A. is a premier Tampa-based law firm focused exclusively on disability laws. Our team has developed a reputation nationwide for maximizing recovery efficiently and cost-effectively on behalf of our clients.

We know your family has many challenges. Recovering your rightful benefits should not be one of them. We strive to make the application process as stress-free and risk-free as possible. Our policy is that if you do not recover, neither do we. In other words, we do not bill you for attorneys’ fees and costs if we do not obtain Social Security disability benefits for your child. You can, therefore, pursue the benefits you are entitled to without concern about shouldering debt. Our Dade City Social Security disability attorneys explain our contingency billing procedures at your complimentary case evaluation.

Definition of Disability for a Child

Your child must meet the SSA’s definition of disability to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. As with adults, the Social Security Administration imposes its own definition that may be different than other organizations and government programs.

Your child’s medical condition qualifies as a disability if:

  • He or she has a medically determinable physical or mental impairment
  • The medical condition results in marked and severe functional limitations
  • The medical condition is expected to last or has lasted for at least one year
  • The medical condition will result in death

Our lawyers gather records from your child’s school, doctors, therapists, counselors and other professionals to document the medical condition and its impact on his or her level of development, growth and functionality.

Listing of Impairments

The Social Security Administration presumes that a child has a disability if his or her medical condition is included on its Listing of Impairments. The childhood listings are similar to the adult listings, but with special consideration given to the childhood disease process. For example, the childhood listings include a growth impairments category. The SSA uses the childhood listings in Part B of the Listings of Impairments for children younger than 18 years old. Also, an adult may be entitled to child’s benefits consideration for a disability he or she had before age 22.

Representative Payee

Disability payments are made to a representative payee, most often a parent. The representative payee is responsible for using the money to pay for the child’s current needs and saving excess payments for the child’s future. In addition, the representative payee must keep records of how the money is spent. Our law firm helps you take steps that protect your child’s finances and organize your accounting to comply with government reporting mandates.

Apply for Disability Benefits for Your Child

Mike Murburg, P.A. helps parents recover disability benefits for their children. Learn more about your child’s right to recovery at a free consultation. Call our Social Security disability lawyers at (813) 264-5363 or contact us online to schedule your appointment. We handle cases nationwide.