Can My Child Receive Benefits?

A disability or incapacitating medical condition can affect the well-being of whole families. If an income earner for the household can no longer work due to disability, minor children can suffer the consequences of unpaid bills. It may be hard to pay for groceries and rent, let alone provide for the other ordinary expenses of a household.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may provide benefits for a minor child based on the work history of the parents. If you worked enough to qualify prior to becoming disabled, your minor children may be able to receive benefits as well.

For information regarding adult disabled children, follow this link.

Eligibility Requirements

Your child can get benefits if he or she is your biological child, adopted child or dependent stepchild. In some cases, your child also could be eligible for benefits on his or her grandparents' earnings.

To get benefits, a child must have either:

  • A parent who is disabled or retired and entitled to Social Security benefits
  • A parent who died after having worked long enough in a job where he or she paid Social Security taxes

The child also must be:

  • Unmarried
  • Younger than 18
  • 18 or19 years old and a full-time student (no higher than grade 12), or 18 or older and disabled (the disability must have started before age 22)

Questions? Call Us For A Free Initial Consultation.

Applying for SSDI benefits can be a lengthy and complex process. The vast majority of initial applications are denied. If your family and your children are suffering because you cannot work due to disability, contact Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon LLP. Our experienced Social Security lawyers are here to help. Schedule your free initial consultation with an attorney by calling 812-551-0436 or reaching us online here. We have offices conveniently located in Lawrenceburg, Indiana; Cincinnati; and northern Kentucky.