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By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Securing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for your child in Florida demands an understanding of eligibility criteria and a strategic approach. At Disability Advocates Group, our SSDI and SSI lawyers recognize the unique challenges families face, and we’re dedicated to guiding you through the intricacies of the application process. Let’s explore the essential eligibility criteria that can unlock crucial financial support for your child.

Understanding SSDI and SSI for Children

While both SSDI and SSI are Social Security programs, they serve different purposes when it comes to children.

  1. SSDI for Children:
    • Eligibility is often tied to a parent’s work record.
    • The child must have a qualifying disability that began before the age of 22.
    • Certain family members, including adult children, may be eligible for benefits based on a parent’s SSDI.
  2. SSI for Children:
    • Based on financial need, SSI is available to families with limited income and resources.
    • The child must have a qualifying disability that significantly impairs daily functioning.
    • There are stringent income and asset limits for SSI eligibility.

Key Criteria for SSDI and SSI Eligibility

  1. Medical Documentation:
    • A crucial aspect is documenting the child’s medical condition. Comprehensive medical records from healthcare providers in play a vital role.
    • Clear documentation of the disability’s impact on daily life is essential.
  2. Severity of Impairment:
    • The child’s impairment must meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of “severe.” This involves demonstrating the condition’s substantial impact on daily activities.
  3. Financial Eligibility for SSI:
    • For SSI, financial eligibility is determined by the family’s income and assets. Families must meet the stringent income and resource limits set by the SSA.
  4. Duration of Disability:
    • The disability must be expected to last for at least one year or result in death.
  5. Family Support and Collaboration:
    • Collaborating with healthcare providers ensures accurate documentation.
    • Engaging with schools and social service agencies can provide additional support in documenting the child’s limitations.

How Disability Advocates Group Can Assist You

  1. Comprehensive Case Evaluation:
    • Disability Advocates Group conducts a thorough evaluation of your child’s case, identifying strengths and potential challenges.
  2. Strategic Application Preparation:
    • The firm assists in preparing a compelling application, ensuring that medical documentation aligns with the SSA’s criteria.
  3. Representation in Appeals:
    • If the initial application is denied, Disability Advocates Group provides expert representation in the appeals process.

The SSDI and SSI application process for children in Florida requires a tailored approach that aligns with the specific needs of your family. Whether you live in Miami or Gainesville, the experienced team at Disability Advocates Group stands ready to guide you through this process, offering expertise and support. Contact us today, and let’s work together to secure the benefits your child deserves.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.