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Social Security Disability for Adult Children

To be eligible for SSD, you must be “insured,” meaning you have contributed to the system through FICA withholdings from your paycheck and earned enough work credits to qualify for SSD benefits. But some people are born with or acquire disabilities that prevent them from ever working or earning enough credits to be eligible for SSD. It is still possible in some cases for these individuals to collect SSD benefits, based upon their parents’ work history.

If an individual is disabled from working based on the strict definition and criteria of the Social Security Administration, that person may be eligible for benefits based upon the earnings record of one or both of the person’s parents. Additional criteria for this special circumstance apply:

  • The applicant must be at least 18 years old, and was disabled before the age of 22
  • The applicant must either be single or be in a “protected marriage” under Social Security rules
  • The applicant must either have a parent who is receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits, or have a deceased parent who was eligible for Social Security

What about minor children?

Minor children (through their parents or guardian) may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) based on their disability, if they live in a household with sufficiently limited resources to qualify for SSI.

Get help from experienced and dedicated Montgomery Social Security disability lawyers

For assistance in obtaining SSD or SSI benefits for yourself or a minor or adult child, contact the Dansby Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation with a dedicated and experienced Montgomery disability lawyer.

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