The Lowery Law Group
Phone (843) 991-0733
Fax (843) 628-4895
245 Seven Farms Drive
Charleston, SC 29492
Disability Benefits for Children
Social Security benefits are not just for adults. Children may qualify to receive Social Security benefits after a parent dies, retires, or becomes disabled through illness or injury.
Children who are disabled due to their own medical conditions may also qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if their parent’s resources are under SSI eligibility requirements. Social Security benefits for children are intended to help low income families provide for the child’s needs through high school. Social Security considers how the child functions compared to unimpaired children of the same age by considering the following criteria: acquiring and using information, attending and completing tasks, interacting and relating with others, moving about and manipulating objects, caring for themselves, and health and well-being.
Disabled Adult Children
Disabled Adult Child (DAC) benefits are payable to disabled individuals over the age of 18 whose parents receive Social Security benefits. To be eligible to apply for Disabled Adult Child benefits, an applicant must be unmarried, age 18 or over, and must be found disabled by Social Security with a disability that began before age 22. Furthermore, the parent of the applicant must be receiving Social Security benefits such as disability or retirement. The Disabled Adult Child benefit amount payable is based on the parent’s record of earnings.