Nearly 4.5 million children receive Social Security benefits because a parent is disabled, retired or deceased, according to the Social Security Administration. This money – about $2.5 billion a month, in all – helps with daily living expenses and with stabilizing family finances.
If you or your spouse is disabled and entitled to Social Security benefits, your child may also be eligible to receive benefits. To be eligible, your child must be:
- Younger than 18
- 18-19 years old and a full-time student (no higher than the 12th grade)
- 18 or older and disabled, as long as the disability began before age 22
A child can receive up to one-half of the parent’s disability benefit, but there is a limit to the amount of money paid to a family. The maximum payment can be from 150 to 180 percent of the parent’s full benefit amount. If the total amount payable is larger than this, each person’s benefit is reduced proportionately until the total is equal to the maximum allowable amount.
Determining whether your child can receive Social Security Disability benefits, and how much, can be complicated, and you can only get so many answers from the Social Security Administration website.
When you need clear and concise information, you should consider talking to experienced Social Security Disability attorneys. They will give you the guidance and advice you require.
If you live in Florida, the disability benefits lawyers of the Disparti Law Group, P.A., will assist you with the long application and help gather all of the necessary medical forms and documents. We will make sure that your case is reviewed thoroughly and handled carefully from the beginning to give you the best chance for success.
Get in touch with the Disparti Law Group, P.A., today so we can begin fighting to get the benefits you and your child deserve. Call us today toll free at 866-695-0035 at reach us through our online contact form.