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Children with a disabling condition may be entitled to benefits

Throughout life there are many different things that can happen to people in Tennessee. Sometimes they are welcomed events that change one’s life for the better. However, there are also many things that can happen and change one’s life for the worse. People can contract or develop diseases or suffer injuries which can make life much more difficult, sometimes permanently.

In these situations, as we have previously discussed, that people who find themselves in this unfortunate situation may be able to pursue Social Security disability benefits to help them financially. However, sometimes the person does not develop or contract the problem as an adult. Sometimes it can be something they are born with or develop as a child. These types of illnesses and physical problems can still cause financial difficulties. That is why parents can seek Supplemental Security Income on behalf of their child.

In order to receive these benefits, the child must be under 18 years old (or under 22 and regularly attending school) and be disabled or blind. This means that the child must have severe physical or mental limitations that will last for at least 12 months. There are still financial requirements though despite the fact that the child has no income. A portion parents’ income can be “deemed” to the child if the child is living at home with them. This portion of the parents’ income is what will be used to determine financial eligibility requirements for the child.

When children in Tennessee are born with or develop significant physical limitations prior to age 18, parents must provide care for their children. Sometimes that care must be there all the time. This can make it difficult for the parent to work and earn a normal income. In these situations that child may be entitled to Supplemental Security Income, which can help with some of these costs. Applying for benefits can be a complicated process though, but attorneys may be able to assist one with it.

Source: Social Security Administration, “Understanding Supplemental Security Income SSI for Children – 2017 Edition,” accessed Nov. 6, 2017

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