Generally, child disability benefits stop when a child reaches 18. In some cases, Social Security benefit disbursement can continue indefinitely into adulthood if the child is physically or mentally disabled and living with a parent receiving Social Security.
An adult child is someone who is 18 or older. Since the benefit being paid is based on a parent's Social Security earnings, the adult is considered a child.
To receive disability benefits as an adult disabled since childhood, the following requirements must be met:
When an adult child is applying for benefits for the first time, or is having child benefits renewed, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will use adult disability criteria. The adult must have a:
If the above criteria are met, the SSA will then compare the adult's condition with a list of impairments that would prevent someone from working for at least a year.
Once benefits are approved, the disability case will be periodically reviewed. How often the review takes place will depend on the seriousness of your condition.
If you, or someone you know, seeks disability benefits, or would like to appeal a benefits decision, you may want to meet with an attorney experienced with Social Security benefits and regulations. The lawyer can discuss with you the rights and remedies that exist under Social Security law. Additionally, the attorney can help file a benefits claim or appeal a decision.
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