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Providing Benefits for Families with Disabled Children through Supplemental Security Income

Published December 10, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

When any person has a child, their greatest hope is almost always for their baby to be healthy. However, there is an average of over 6,000 children with disabilities in the U.S., prompting their families to need special modifications and treatments to provide their children with the quality of life they want for them. Unfortunately, special treatments, aids, and other modifications that are needed to help these children grow, learn, and remain healthy are often exorbitantly expensive.

As a result of these expenses, many families find themselves with substantial debts or struggling financially. Fortunately, the government recognizes how serious this problem can be for families in this kind of situation and, as such, provides benefits to eligible families to help them manage these financial burdens. One way that a family with a disabled child can receive financial assistance is through the Supplemental Security Income program, which provides benefits to families with children who have a qualifying condition or disability.

Disabilities and Conditions that May Qualify a Child and Their Family

While not all disabilities will qualify a family to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits, there are many that do, including:

  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Complete Blindness / Deafness
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Being born with a weight under 2 pounds, 10 ounces

When you have a child that has these or other disabilities or conditions, your family may be in serious need of financial assistance. Thus, getting a claim for these benefits approved is likely necessary to keep your family from developing significant financial problems, and having a Social Security disability lawyer help you with your claim can give you the best chance at avoiding a claims denial.

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