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When you are hurt in a car accident, there are a lot of things that run through your mind, but most people aren't focused on suing the other driver or their own insurance company. Unfortunately, because of the way the world works, most people find that they are given far less of a settlement than they deserve, especially if the accident wasn't their fault. I wanted to create a blog all about choosing a better accident and personal injury attorney, so that you can prevent longterm financial ramifications from your accident. I know that a lot of these tips helped me along my journey.

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Does My Child Qualify For SSI? What To Consider

by Willard Chambers

As a parent of a child who has a disability, you know just how difficult simply navigating through their day to day functions can be. Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, benefits can provide a monthly cash allowance that can make things easier for both you and your child. However, access to this cash benefit is not automatic, as there are certain criteria that must be met.

Medical Considerations

The medical considerations for SSI typically fall into a two-part process. First, your child will generally be required to meet a condition, or listing, requirement. This consideration involves a listing of impairments that your child's condition must fall within, such as a musculoskeletal illness or a cardiovascular condition.

The next phase is the functionality component. Even if your child has an illness that is on the list, there still needs to be documented proof that it affects their ability to function, such as causing them to miss school or not perform age-appropriate tasks like getting dressed.

Financial Considerations

For your role in this process, you and the child's other's parent must meet certain financial considerations. The social security administration requires that before a child can receive this benefit, there must be a proven financial need in their home. The formal name for this process is called deeming.

The Social Security administration sets an individual limit of $735 for one person and $1,103 for a couple. In terms of a non-income earning child, only a portion of the parent's earnings are counted. Since credits are given for several reasons, including the number of other people in the home, there is no way to say exactly how much money you can earn to meet this requirement.

Age Considerations

The age of the child that you are requesting benefits for is also of importance. Primarily, this benefit is only extended to children who are under the age of 18 and are still living in the home with their parents. However, this is not the end all, be all age.

A child can still qualify for this benefit if they are over the age of 18, but under the age of 22 and still enrolled in an accredited school program. Once they reach 22, regardless of their circumstances, they are unable to qualify for benefits as a child and would need to pursue the adult benefit.

If you believe your child may qualify for this supplemental income, it's a good idea to speak with an attorney. An attorney will go over the specifics of your situation and apply them to the guidelines to see if you qualify, putting you and your child one step closer to the benefits you need.

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