Adult children who became disabled when they were young may be an exception to that rule. Although they probably will not have worked long enough to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits on their own work records, they may qualify to receive SSD benefits under a parent’s work record.
At Kraft & Associates, P.C., we help people who are disabled obtain the benefits they need to go forward in life. We can review your claim and advise you about your options regarding SSD benefits as an adult child. We’re an established and professional law firm with friendly lawyers and staff who are easy to talk to. Call us at (214) 999-9999 or contact us online for a free claim review.
The SSA specifies that in order for a disabled child to receive benefits on a parent’s record after the age of 18, the following two conditions must be met:
Social Security’s strict definition of disability includes the following conditions:
The SSA administers two programs that provide benefits to disabled adults: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
SSI monthly benefit amounts are considerably lower than average SSD benefit amounts. As of 2014, the maximum SSI monthly benefit was $721. The average monthly SSD benefit as of 2014 was $1,146 and the maximum benefit is $2,642. SSD benefit amounts depend on how much was earned by the person on whose work history the claim is based. The more that person earned and paid into Social Security, the higher the monthly benefit amount will be.
If you qualify for SSD as an adult disabled child, you may be entitled to significantly more benefits than if you received only SSI benefits. By using a parent’s work history, a disabled adult child may recover thousands more in disability benefits over the course of a lifetime.
If you or your child became disabled before turning 22, it is very important to discuss your SSD claim with a qualified attorney at Kraft & Associates, P.C. Our knowledgeable Social Security Disability attorneys can determine what your options are and advise you on the best course of action to obtain maximum benefits for you or your disabled adult child.