If you are responsible for supporting a family or other dependents, a disability that prevents you from working can put stress not only on you but also on your loved ones. Social Security exists to help you take care of yourself and your family, which is why individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may be able to get monthly benefits for their children as well. Drew L. Johnson, P.C. Attorneys at Law can help you understand whether your children are eligible for benefits under SSDI or help any disabled children get their own benefits through Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Typically, to receive benefits through your SSDI, children must be under 18 years old and unmarried. However, children under 19 who are full-time students can qualify for benefits under certain circumstances, as can adult disabled children who were disabled before age 22. If you are a grandparent with custody of a child and you are responsible for supporting that child, they may also qualify for your SSDI benefits.
Children generally receive 50% of your total SSDI benefit. This amount is NOT subtracted from your monthly benefit. However, the Social Security Administration generally caps total payments to 150%–180% of the disabled individual’s benefits, meaning that if multiple dependents are sharing your benefits, they will be given smaller monthly payments to compensate.
For families where one or both providers are disabled, Social Security benefits can be vital to living happy, healthy lives. At Drew L. Johnson, P.C. Attorneys at Law, we understand how important it is for you to get the most from your Social Security disability benefits. We’ll take the time to understand your situation to develop a strategy to maximize your benefits. With over 40 years of experience, we know exactly what it takes to get you the compensation you need.