Chicago Disabled Child Attorneys

Illinois Social Security Disability Lawyers

When a disabled child turns 18, the disabled child must reapply for social security disability benefits, and the types and amount of social security benefits for which he or she is eligible may change. The Chicago social security disability benefits attorneys at Ankin Law have considerable experience helping parents of disabled children apply for and obtain the social security benefits to which they are entitled. We understand how confusing and overwhelming the social security disability process can be and we will guide your through the entire process – from reapplication and claims processing to preparing for an appeals hearing and obtaining family support benefits.

Effect on SSI

Because the Social Security Administration uses different criteria to determine whether an adult can receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, he or she may be eligible for additional benefits upon turning 18. For instance, the income and resources of family members is not taken into account when determining whether an adult meets the financial limitations for SSI. Rather, only the adult applicant’s income and resources is taken into account.

If a child received SSI payments before turning 18, the SSA will review the child’s medical condition using the adult disability rules to determine whether the individual is disabled.

Effect on SSDI

The Social Security Disability (SSDI) program will pay benefits to disabled adults who have been disabled since before they were 22 years old. The SSDI benefit is considered to be the child’s benefit because it was actually paid based on the parent’s social security account. In order for the disabled adult to become entitled to the “child’s” SSDI benefit, one of his or her parents must receive social security benefits (either retirement or disability) or must have died and worked long enough to earn enough social security credits.

SSDI benefits also are payable to a disabled adult who received benefits on a parent’s account before turning 18, if he or she is disabled when turning 18, as determined by the adult disability rules. After turning 18, the SSDI “child” benefits will continue as long as the individual remains disabled. The child does not need to have worked to earn these benefits.

Advice You Can Trust

The skilled Chicago social security disability attorneys at Ankin Law have considerable experience advising clients on a variety of social security disability issues, including those issues affecting disabled children. As a parent, you want what is best for your child and you can trust the compassionate disability attorneys at Ankin Law to do whatever it takes to obtain the disability benefits that your child needs and deserves.

When a disabled child reaches the age of 18, there are several legal issues that come into play and we can help you understand what steps you need to take in order obtain disability benefits for your adult child. Contact one of our trusted Chicago social security disability attorneys to schedule a free consultation to discuss the disability benefits available to your adult child.


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Chicago, Illinois 60602

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