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Disabled Adult Child Benefits

Can An Adult Child Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?

Adults who became disabled before age 22, who meet the medical standard for Social Security Disability and meet certain other requirements may be eligible to receive benefits under their parents’ Social Security accounts. 

In order to receive disability insurance benefits, you are required to be evaluated and approved by the Social Security Administration. The approval process can be convoluted, but your chances are greatly improved with help from a Leventhal, Sutton & Gornstein disability attorney.  

Adult Child Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for disabled adult child benefits in Philadelphia, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be over the age of 18 
  • Be unmarried
  • Fit the Social Security Administration’s definition of disabled 
  • Have to meet the definition of disabled before the age of 22
  • Be eligible to receive benefits under the work history of an eligible parent or guardian

Disabled Adult Child Benefits In Philadelphia

If you meet the standards for adult child benefits and your application is approved, you are now eligible for monthly cash benefits under your parent’s work record. The adult child is eligible to receive up to 50% of your parent’s benefit amount, depending on how many other family members are receiving benefits. However, not everyone receives the same amount of money. The maximum benefit amount is set by the federal government at the beginning of each year. 

Will Getting Married Affect Your Adult Child Disability Benefits?

Getting married does not affect your SSDI benefits. If you are receiving benefits under your parent’s work record, SSDI benefits will most likely stop applying to you. However, if you marry a disabled person who is also receiving cash benefits, both you and your spouse may be able to keep them. If you are planning on getting married, consult with your social security disability lawyer at Leventhal, Sutton & Gornstein. 

When An Adult Child Becomes Disabled After Age 22

If an adult child becomes disabled after the age of 22, they can no longer qualify for benefits under their parent’s work history. Instead, they must either have low enough income and assets to qualify for Social Security Income or rely on their own work history to qualify for SSDI. 

Can An Adult Child Receive Benefits From Their Own Work History?

In some cases, an adult child can be eligible to receive SSI or SSDI under their own work history. However, it is important that you explore applying for child benefits, especially if the child has a limited work history and a low salary. 

How To Apply For Adult Child Disability Benefits

To begin your application, contact a social security disability attorney at Leventhal, Sutton & Gornstein. Start your application today by calling 215-357-3300 or toll-free at 800-889-6101.

Why Do I Need A Social Security Lawyer?

Social Security regulations are complicated, and the process is difficult to navigate. A Philadelphia Social Security Disability lawyer at Leventhal Sutton & Gornstein can help you present medical records needed to establish that you cannot perform any work that exists in the national economy. We will also help you by getting reports from your treating doctors about what they think you are capable of doing in a work setting. Your testimony alone is not enough to win your case. Because many doctors are unfamiliar with the legal standards, it is important for you to have a Social Security Disability lawyer at LS&G working with your medical providers to get all the required evidence.

In addition, if you are denied disabled adult child benefits, the LS&G team can help you appeal your case. We will help you appeal your case as soon as possible within the 60-day window. It is possible to be denied a second and even a third time, which means your case could be sent to the Social Security Appeals Council and Federal Court. Our lawyers can help you navigate this exhausting process. 

Contact Us 

At Leventhal Sutton & Gornstein, we handle all cases on a contingent fee basis. Our Philadelphia Social Security lawyer can help you pursue your disabled adult child disability claim with efficiency and effectiveness. To schedule a free initial consultation, complete the form on our website or call us at 215-357-3300 or toll-free at 800-889-6101.

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