Childhood Disabilities & Their Effects May Persist Into Adulthood
Social Security disability benefits are available for U.S. citizens of any age, from infants to the elderly. One of the most common conditions that qualifies young children for disability benefits is childhood cancer.
According to the Institute of Medicine’s report on childhood cancer survival, nearly 1 in every 1,000 adults in the United States is a survivor of childhood cancer. However, surviving a serious disease such as cancer does not always come without lingering effects, both mental and physical.
Researchers have found that even when survivors of childhood cancer have no recurrences of the disease as an adult, they often suffer from later effects of cancer treatment. The 1,667 survivors studied were found to report a lower quality of life in regards to 12 symptoms of post-cancer care including head, back and neck pain, sensation abnormalities, depression, and anxiety.
The Social Security Administration may qualify a child for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if their income and resources or their household’s income and resources are below the amount allowed for benefit eligibility. Your child’s eligibility for SSI benefits is reviewed periodically until age 18, when a complete medical reassessment for disability is required to continue adult SSI benefits.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may also be available for your child if she became disabled before the age of 22. The benefit is based on a parent’s Social Security earnings record and may also be paid as dependent benefits.
When a child turns 18 or an adult who suffered from a childhood disability experiences lasting impairments due to a childhood illness, she may continue to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. If your child is reaching the age of 18 and your family is having difficulty obtaining adult disability benefits, contact Disability Help Group in Ft. Lauderdale. Call us today at 1-(800)-800-3332 to schedule a FREE consultation about your claim and see how a disability representative can help!