If you are looking for an attorney to help with a Social Security Child Disability case, the Bishop Law Firm can help. Supplemental Security Income is available for children who meet income/asset requirements and are found disabled by the Social Security Administration.
Children (unfortunately) are subjected to essentially the same process as adults when they apply for SSI. After you file an application for your child at the local Social Security Office, their case will be send to Disability Determination Services (DDS) in Raleigh, NC.
An examiner at DDS will be assigned to your child’s case. They will send you and your child’s teacher questionnaires to fill out about your child’s impairments. They will also obtain your child’s medical and school records. Even after gathering all this information about your child, your child will probably still receive a denial.
After you receive this denial, you must APPEAL. If you do not appeal within 60 days, you will have to start the process all over again. When you appeal, it is called a reconsideration. The reconsideration level, in most cases, is a rubber stamp on the previous denial. When that denial comes, you must appeal again. This time you will be requesting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
In NC, it can take over a year to have your child’s hearing scheduled. This is your time to ensure that your child is receiving medical treatment, taking their medication and following their doctor’s advice. I advise you to consult an attorney regarding your child’s case. The Bishop Law Firm does provide free case evaluations and we do not get paid unless your child wins (and receives back pay).
Unfortunately, applying for Social Security Child Disability is just as complicated as it is for adults who apply.